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How to incorporate seasonal veggies into your next cookout

Summertime is a wonderful season to spend time with friends and family. More often than not, these get-togethers center around one commonality - food! If you’re looking for healthy alternatives to traditional cookout dishes, look no further. Here are a few vegetarian ideas to spice up your next barbecue:

Grilled portobello mushrooms
Cut calories and fat without cutting flavor by enjoying organic grilled portobellos instead of beef burgers. This recipe is a great addition to any backyard barbecue and is so simple to make! Owners Philipp and Cru appeared on WREG’s Live at 9 morning show in May to share this recipe with viewers in the spring. To watch their segment, click here.


  • 4 portobello heads

  • ½ cup white wine

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced


  1. Gently wash the heads.

  2. Place heads with the gills up on a plate.

  3. Mix together marinade of white wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce and garlic.

  4. Spoon marinade over portobellos.

  5. Oil grill well with brush or spray.

  6. Place mushrooms gill side up on the grill.

  7. Close lid and grill for about 5 minutes, spraying with more marinade every 2 minutes. 

  8. Flip after 5 minutes and cook for 2 minutes. (Adjust cooking times depending on your grill, heat of your grill and size of your mushrooms.)

  9. Mushrooms are done when soft and juicy.

Grilled corn
Corn is in season June through October and is a beloved vegetable at any cookout! During the summer months, corn can be found at the grocery store or at local produce stands, making it easily accessible and affordable. As always, we encourage purchasing the organic variety. To cook, just heat up your grill, apply your favorite seasonings and oil, and rotate the cob every few minutes. Quick, delicious and sure to be a hit! 

Chickpea salad
Invited to a cookout last minute and need a healthy, delicious dish but don’t have time to make it? Mama Gaia makes a wonderful organic chickpea salad with lemon vinaigrette and hummus that your friends and family will love! Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. They also support blood sugar control and benefit digestion, and studies are being conducted on their ability to protect against certain chronic diseases..

Mama Gaia is committed to providing great tasting, healthy alternatives for your fast-moving lifestyle. What is your favorite vegetarian dish to bring to a summer cookout?