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Published on June 05, 2012

summer grilling

Five Tips for Healthy Summer Grilling

The Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer picnic season and what can taste better after a long winter than the taste of grilled food? Of course there are the traditional grilled items like hamburgers and hot dogs. But there are lots of other options when it comes to using your BBQ grill. In addition, grilling can be a healthy way to prepare some of our favorite foods, too.

Five Grilling Tips For Summer

  1. Choose lean cuts of meat to avoid flare-ups and cut back on fat. Don’t overcook lean cuts of meat and use a thermometer to test for doneness.
  2. Watch the portion sizes of the meats you choose- opt for smaller cuts or consider alternating meat with vegetables for some great kebabs.
  3. Trim away visible fat and choose marinades or rubs to enhance the flavor of the food.
  4. Be sure your grill is pre-heated and ready to cook before you put the food on it.
  5. Consider using grill baskets or trays to cook smaller items likes vegetables.
  6. This past Memorial Day, I used a grill basket and tray on my grill for a tasty side dish. The recipe was pretty simple and could easily be modified to include your favorite vegetables or use vegetables that you already have on hand. This is what I used:
    • 4 peppers (1 each- red, green, yellow, orange), cleaned and cut into 1/3” wide slices
    • 3 fresh potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into 1/3” wide slices
    • 8 fresh mushrooms (washed and cut in half)

Mix vegetables together in a bowl. Drizzle 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables and season to taste with garlic powder, pepper or seasoning of your choice. Mix lightly.
Put vegetables in a grill basket or grill tray. Put onto the barbecue grill over medium heat and grill about 15 minutes, turning them every 3-5 minutes.
Makes 5-6 servings.

It was a great low fat side dish and so easy to make. All the different colored vegetables really added to the appeal, too. A yummy way to start the summer!

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