Reduce your belly bloat at your next BBQ


Nagina Abdullah


August 24, 2015

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During this long, hot, beautiful summer, pools, beaches, and BBQs have been a typical part of my weekends.

Last weekend, my sister made my No-Cook 3-Bean Salad and I spiced up some vegetables for the grill — these 2 side dishes were my favorites of everything!

Check out my quick recipe below for Spiced Grilled Vegetables for your next BBQ. You can also roast these in the oven.

Asparagus and one of the spices in the dish, coriander, are diuretics and both reduce water retention. For those days when you want to look leaner in a bathing suit or fitted dress, this is super helpful because your stomach and body feels and looks less bloated!

This recipe can be served to everyone. This is not a SPICY recipe, it just has spices that have flavor with a little excitement in them. In fact, one person who tried these vegetables usually starts sweating when she eats MILD Thai food – and she loved these! She said they tasted so delicious, with a little kick but they weren’t spicy for her!

If you do like extra spice, I’ll show you which spice to increase for more heat.

Do you think you’ll try my spiced veggies out at your next BBQ? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Nagina’s Spiced Grilled Veggies









Serving: BBQ side for 10-12 people
2 bunches asparagus, chopped in 2″ inch pieces
4 zucchini (2 green + 2 yellow), chopped in thick rounds (keep skin on)
1 package steak mushrooms
½ package baby bella mushrooms
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Drizzle of macadamia nut oil (can use olive oil as replacement)
2 teaspoons red chili powder (more for additional heat)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients together on a baking tray.

BBQ: Grill on a tray or grill pan for 10-15 minutes until vegetables soften
Stovetop: Grill at 400 degrees F / 200C for 45 minutes or longer until vegetables soften

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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Reader Interactions


  1. Deena Nataf says

    Hi, Nagina! I made your grilled veggies recipe in the oven tonight and it went great with the tilapia I made. Since I didn’t have all the veggies you suggested, I used onion, sweet potato, zucchini, and mushrooms. A yummy time was had by all. Thanks!

    • Nagina says


      This is so great to hear! These are delicious in the oven and I love how you substituted other veggies. Those veggies all sound yummy!!

  2. Carrie says

    Hi Nagina!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve roasted veggies in the oven but never put on the spices…I am definetly adding those next time!
    Thank you!

    • Nagina says


      I hope you try these! It’s SO easy to make and it gives you a little kick – plus the weight-loss spices are so great for you in many ways!! Let me know if you try it!

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