This Grilled Vegetable Salad recipe will fill your plate with colorful, tasty, diabetes-healthy vegetables. What you include in this recipe is up to your tastes. Use favorites, or experiment with something you haven’t tried before. Either way, eating more vegetables is a better way to manage blood sugar levels.

Grilled VegetablesPrep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Ready In: 45 min

Servings: 4

3 Japanese Eggplants, halved lengthwise
1 large Red Onion cut into ¾-inch rounds
4 small Beets, stems trimmed to 1 inch, peeled and halved lengthwise
3 small Zucchini, each cut lengthwise into 4 slices
1 large Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper, cut into ½-inch slices
2 Roma Tomatoes, quartered and seeded
Canola oil spray
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
5 large Garlic cloves, minced and divided
¼ cup plus 5 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, divided
¼ cup fat-free, sodium-reduced Chicken Broth
4 tbsp fresh Basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh Thyme, chopped
1 tbsp Olive Oil
3 cups sliced Red Leaf Lettuce
¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat grill or barbecue at medium-high heat.
Place first 6 ingredients cut-side up on a baking sheet. Lightly spray with canola oil spray and season with salt and pepper.
Mix 3 garlic cloves with 1/4 cup vinegar. Drizzle over vegetables. Grill vegetables until tender, turning once. As each vegetable becomes tender, transfer to a bowl. Let cool. Save all vegetable juices.
Mix remaining 2 garlic cloves and 5 tablespoons vinegar with broth, basil, thyme and oil. Chop vegetables very coarsely and place in large bowl. Pour saved vegetable juices into mixture. Add lettuce and Parmesan to vegetables and pour vinegar mixture over. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

Tips & Notes
There is no longer any doubt that that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables plays a role in a healthy diet. Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains helps reduce the risk of cancer and other serious diseases according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. And the scientific evidence linking these foods to a variety of health benefits is now overwhelming.
Experts recommend filling at least two-thirds of your plate with a variety of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, and leaving the remaining one-third of the plate – or less – for animal protein.
This advice coincides with the new USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which emphasize the need to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a rich array of phytochemicals – substances found only in plant foods – that help protect against serious chronic health problems in addition to cancer, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 173
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Carbohydrate: 27g
Protein: 7g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Sodium: 207mg

Source: AICR

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