(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Memorial day is time to kick off the summer! And what better way to kick off summer than with a BBQ? This weeks Meat-Free Challenge is all about grilling! Grilled asparagus with paprika, grilled corn salad, and Portobello mushroom burgers! Get outside and fire up that grill.

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Marinated Grilled Asparagus

  •  2 bunches fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1. Trim and wash asparagus and lay on two pieces of overlapped foil (see photo). Pull up the sides of the foil to keep the liquids from running out and sprinkle asparagus with remaining ingredients.
2. Enclose asparagus is foil making sure to seal edges well. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or place package on medium hot grill for the same amount of time.
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Grilled Corn, Poblano, and Onion Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

  • 3 tbsp canola oil, (divided)
  • 3 ears of yellow corn, husked
  • 2 ears of white corn, husked
  • 1 poblano chile
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, cut into thick rings
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
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Portobello Mushroom Burgers With Grilled Peaches

6 Portobello mushrooms
6 peaches
6 sweet potatoes
6 burger buns of your choice
100 g fresh pea sprouts
5 small roman tomatoes, sliced
5 small spring onions, sliced
fresh thyme
olive oil
salt & pepper

For the marinade:

4 tbsp olive oil
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 tbsp fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
salt & pepper

For the guacamole:

4 avocados
5 small Roma tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation: Clean the Portobello mushrooms by carefully removing dirt from the caps with a kitchen towel or cloth; you can use a little water if needed. Pat dry. Cut the peaches in halves and remove the pits.

Making the sweet potato fries: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the sweet potatoes in 1-inch thick, 5-inch long sticks. Put them on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, salt and thyme over them and put in the oven. The fries need around 30 minutes before they are ready, but you need to stir after 15 minutes.

Making the marinade: Pour olive oil in a small bowl. Add one chopped rosemary sprig, chopped thyme, mashed garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Stir around. Use the other rosemary sprig to brush the mushrooms and peaches with the marinade. When the grill is ready, grill the Portobello and peaches for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, while you use the rosemary stick to brush the marinade over them one more time.

Making the guacamole: Chop avocados, tomatoes and parsley roughly. Add them to a small bowl with mashed garlic. Squeeze lemon juice over it, and mash everything with a fork. It’s okay if it stays a little chunky.

Assembling the burger: Slice the buns in halves. Let them get some color on the grill. When done, place a big dollop of guacamole on the bottom bun, and add pea sprouts, tomatoes, spring onion, one Portobello mushroom and two peach halves. Add the top of the bun, and insert a stick to hold it all together. Enjoy!

Heat the grill to high. Rub corn, poblano, and onion rings with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Place onto the hot grill. Grill, carefully turning occasionally, until poblano is almost blackened and the onions are grilled and tender, about 5-10 minutes. Remove them from the grill. Keep cooking the corn until cooked through and the kernels have browned, for a total of 10-15 minutes. Remove from the grill and let the corn cool.

Place the poblano in a zip lock bag then seal; dice the grilled onion and set aside. Let the chile sit in the sealed zip lock for 5 minutes. Remove the chile from the bag and carefully peel the charred skin from the chile. Remove the stem and seeds as well; dice and set aside with the onions.

Once the corn has cooled, cut the kernels from the cobs into a large bowl. Add the grilled onions, poblanos, avocado, and cilantro together in a bowl.

In a small bowl combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil with the lime juice, dash of cumin, and minced garlic; mix thoroughly. Add the lime vinaigrette to the the corn mixture and toss until evenly coated. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

More: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/06/in-the-kitchen-with-green-kitchen-stories-portobello-burger.html