May’s Memorial Day celebration usually marks the beginning of grilling season. If you find yourself constantly cooking ho-hum hamburgers and hotdogs, your grilling routine might need a makeover. Many foods beyond the basic will benefit from that quintessential grilled flavor. Try grilling these unexpected foods this summer:

Grilled Banana Boats  

Slice a banana lengthwise through the top of the peel without cutting through the bottom side. Place sliced banana on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle chocolate chips between the two banana slices and wrap the “stuffed” banana in the foil. Grill until the banana is soft and the chocolate chips are melted, about 10 minutes. A perfect healthy sweet treat that will impress guests!

Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

These meaty mushrooms soak up the flavor of any great marinade and can be used in a variety of ways– as a salad topper, on sandwiches, in a quesadilla or stuffed with quinoa. Throw marinated mushroom caps directly on the grill and cook 5-7 minutes per side.

Homemade Roasted Salsa

2 large tomatoes, ½ a onion, 2 garlic cloves , ½ jalapeno, little lime juice & squeeze of honey

Grilled Peach Pie

Slice peaches in half and remove pits. Brush cut sides lightly with oil, and place them cut side down on the grill until warmed throughout. Top grilled peach halves with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream or banana soft-serve.

Tofu and Tempeh

Think soy is bland? Think again! Grilling imparts a nice smoky flavor to these healthy plant-based proteins, and pairing it with a sweet and spicy marinade makes it pop. When grilling tofu, it’s best to use a firm tofu or any type of tempeh. Grill for about five minutes on each side without moving it to get those coveted grill marks.

Want some meatier inspiration?

Try these Turkey & Goat Cheese Burgers. Turkey breast meat can get dry, but the addition of lemon and goat cheese adds an element of moisture that makes them tender and delicious.

Learn more safe and healthy grilling secrets in Jennifer’s Fox 2 interview.

Happy grilling!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.