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8 veggies that are delicious on the braai

Up your veggie intake with these tasty choices…


A cup of spears supplies 70 per cent of your daily need for vitamin K (vital for healthy bones) and 17 per cent of your daily need for folate, a B vitamin essential for circulation.

How to:

-Brush with oil.

-Cook directly on the grill or a piece of foil.

-Or cut on the diagonal and toss in a grill wok.


This tough-skinned squash is loaded with carotenes that may ward off age-related diseases (including cancer) and protect muscles against damage due to heavy exercise.

How to:

-Cube and cook on a grill plank, or skewer and grill-roast with potatoes for a carb-packed side dish.


This staple supplies a wealth of carbs for restocking glycogen. It’s also a source of an orange-red carotenoid, which may protect against lung and other cancers.

How to:

-Pull husk back and remove the ‘silk’.

-Re-wrap with husk and grill directly over the flames.

-Shuck and sprinkle the ears with Parmesan.


A single potato provides a hefty dose of potassium and 35 per cent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C protects arteries from the damaging effects of cholesterol, while potassium maintains healthy blood pressure and circulation.

How to:

-Par-boil them until they are just about cooked through

-Thread them onto skewers and finish them on the grill.


Onions are a major source of quercetin, a phytonutrient shown to support immune health in people who are more susceptible to illness after heavy exercise.

How to:

-Slice into rings.

-Brush with oil.

-Cook directly on the grill.

(Also, try grill-roasting a head of garlic – an onion relative – until soft, then spread on bread.)


With their eye-catching colours, peppers pack anti-inflammatory nutrients that offer protection to skin and immune cells. They take on a smoky flavour when grilled.

How to:

Slice and grill directly over the flames. Add to sandwiches.

Cos Lettuce

This lettuce’s crisp, vitamin A–rich leaves hold up well to a hot grill. It’s also a good source of vitamins C and K.

How to:

Cut a whole head lengthwise into quarters.

Brush with oil.

Grill until lightly browned on all sides.

Drizzle with vinaigrette.


These beauties are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that’s a potent cancer fighter, especially in men with a family history of prostate cancer.

How to:

Cut firm tomatoes in half.

Sprinkle with fresh herbs.

Grill on a plank without turning.


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