Simple Beach House Cooking: Grill-Steamed Veggies

julyaug-081One of my favorite times of year is when we take our summer beach vacation.  Since we skipped last year in favor of going on a grown-ups only anniversary vacation to Italy and France, I was extra-eager to get back to our treasured beach trips.  This year we returned to Cape Cod, where we stayed in a wonderful house a stone’s throw from the neighborhood beach. 

The great thing about renting a house is that you can actually eat at home.  Not only does this make for a much more relaxing vacation (those of you who have young kids know how UNrelaxing restaurant eating can be!), but it also saves a bundle of money.  But before you think I’m crazy for wanting to cook every night of my vacation, I’ll have you know that I set a few vacation rules for dinnertime.

Rule #1:  Every meal must take under 20 minutes to prepare.

Rule #2:  No pots and pans shall be used.

Rule #3:  Everything must be grill-able.

Rule #4:  If it can’t go in the dishwasher, we’re not using it.

Rule #5:  Cocktails are required.

I kept things as simple as humanly possible.  Burgers and dogs one night, with grill-steamed corn on the cob on the side.  Grilled sausages with peppers and onions, again, grill-steamed corn on the cob on the side.  Steaks.  Boneless chicken breasts.  Pork chops.  Steamers on the grill.  Lots of corn on the cob. 

One night when I thought everyone else might be tired of corn (personally, I never tire of fresh corn), I decided to do a little veggie dish on the grill.  Since my kids have some sort of inability to eat anything with char-marks on them (this includes hot dogs), I decided to grill-steam my veggies as I do my corn.  Just cut up the veggies (I used zucchini, summer squash, red peppers and onions), toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place in a foil packet.  Toss on the grill for about 15-20 minutes, and voila!  Char-free veggies.  BTW, this is also how I cook my onions and peppers for my sausages.  It is simple, quick, and requires no clean up!

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3 Responses to “Simple Beach House Cooking: Grill-Steamed Veggies”

  1. Sarah Caron Says:

    Foil packets are one of my favorite ways of cooking veggies in the summer. I love that you can infuse herbs right into the veggies with this method too — just toss whole herbs into the packet before sealing.

  2. zoe p. Says:

    That is a brilliant set of rules!

    Not only useful for an eat-in vacation, but for a week at home when one wants to take a vacation from the usual food prep and clean-up routine.

    I’d love to hear more of your beach house meals, but maybe later? In case you are also planning to take a vacation from blogging-I would if I were at the Cape!!

  3. Tracy Says:

    Yes!! Look for more “beach house cooking” posts soon!

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