Did you know you can grill romaine lettuce?
I wouldn’t have known either, if it hadn’t have been for bag of baby romaine lettuce I bought at Costco that had a little picture on the front that said: “Great for grilling!” I told Joseph about it, how I was excited to try it at our going away barbecue. He said, “No way. You don’t grill lettuce.” I figured you can, otherwise there wouldn’t be a picture of it on the lettuce bag.
So, with a little trepidation & excitement, I saved the romaine lettuce for our going away barbecue we had last weekend.
Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce
Lettuce is not just for salads! It can be thrown on the grill with the rest of it. Make sure you use baby romaine heads, not the full heads of romaine.
- 6 heads baby romaine lettuce
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/4. c. balsamic vinegar
- 1 TBS. Mrs. Dash or your favorite no-salt seasoning
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Freshly ground pepper & sea salt, to taste
- Heat the grill on medium/high flame
- Wash & cut baby romaine in half
- Mix oil, vinegar, seasoning
- Brush dressing on front & back of lettuce
- Place on grill & cook each side for 2-3 minutes
- Remove from grill & season w/ fresh salt & pepper
2 g protein, 6 g carbs, 3 g fiber.
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We actually had two barbecues. One on Saturday & then another on Sunday after church. Too many people we love! Sad to say goodbye.
One of the best parts of living in our house is the neighborhood. Never underestimate the power of a tight-knit neighborhood. It’s down-to-earth, with a mix of young & older families, artists, students, teachers, handymen. They are the kind of people who’d show up on a Saturday & help you lay sod.
Here are some pics from the barbecue(s).
Isn’t this little girl a doll?
Daughter of our friends, Yulia & Nate. She’s about the same age as Salem.
One of our dear friends, Anne. She is one of our favorite people from this neighborhood. She has a sense of humor that is witty, distinct, subtle, & sharp all at the same time.
After the barbecue she engaged us with several good stories involving flying squirrels, a rooster, & some neighbors who showed up to her wedding in Smurf costumes. Interesting? Heck yes. Joseph & I laughed till our belly’s hurt.
Of course there were meat-things for our omnivore friends. But we did grill lots of veggies. Other than the lettuce, we grilled corn, pineapple, & green peppers. The grilled veggies were my only cooked food during my 2 week cleanse.
Our friends Yulia & Nate (Yulia is Russian). They have 6 kids. They are bilingual in Russian & English. They homeschool. They are friends from our old Provo neighborhood & we’ve kept in touch over the years because they are so cool.
Our neighbor Paula. She is as nice & sweet as as she is pretty.
We had a pinata. Joseph usually insists making the pinatas we have for our parties, but since we were in the middle of moving a lot of our stuff & showing our house, we got a store bought one. Here’s Mali
, with a handful of loot. Joseph was in charge of the candy. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the healthy kind.
A dear friend of mine, Tausha. She taught fitness classes with me at UVU. She is a bright light, positive, & upbeat.
All the neighbor kids lining up to have a chance at the pinata. Whoever invented the pinata is genius.
Our friends Josh & Rachel. He makes documentary films. She works from home. They have 2 (adorable) kids.
My brother-in-law & sister. The girl on the right is our babysitter. She’s a nanny by day, our babysitter, several times a month, by night.
She’s the kind of babysitter that plays with the kids AND cleans your house. Oh, we are REALLY going to miss her.
This is our next door neighbor Ron. He helped me out so many times when Joseph was at school or work.
Here’s a short list: 1) helped me figure out the wiring when I got in over my head trying to install lighting fixtures 2) helped me find my water shut off valve when a pipe burst & we had to shut off the water 3) Got rid of a live mouse that was caught in a plant near my sink (long story)
Have you ever had to say good-bye to a neighborhood you loved? Have you ever grilled lettuce or any other not-so-common grilled vegetable before?