Summer is fast upon us and like many of you guys, we enjoy being outside grilling, hanging by pools, and going to the lake. You can do all of this plus, eat clean and healthy! Many of the items we cook throughout the year are fantastic cooked on a grill. Turkey Burgers, chicken, veggies, and fruit are all great additions to any cookout you have this summer. Just avoid the heavy marinades – they are mostly empty calories. We like to use a variety of dry seasonings and olive oil spritz as a substitute.
Here are some great recipes to keep the food lighter versus the traditional hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato chips.
Homemade Fruit Tray:
Instead of a plate full of cookies try to make a homemade fruit tray out of your favorite fruits…anything goes!
cracked black pepper to taste
Cut Avocados in half and remove the seed. Using a spoon remove the entire inside and place into a bowl. Mash up avocado with fork. (We like ours kind of chunky). Add seasonings, lime juice, onions and tomatoes and mix together.
Home Made Ranch Dip
2, 5.3 oz plain greek yogurt
¾ tsp. ground cumin
¼ to ½ tsp. salt
Add the garbanzo beans, 2 tablespoons of water, the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. If needed, add additional water to thin out the hummus and ¼ teaspoon of salt to your taste preference. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Cut the vegetables into chunks roughly the width of the chicken pieces. Slide the meat and vegetables onto skewers alternating vegetables and chicken. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot your grill turning occasionally. Cook until no more pink is left in the chicken.
Jerk Shrimp Skewers
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
2 tbsp. olive oil
Combine all spices into a small bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl combine olive oil and shrimp and toss well to coat. Sprinkle spice mixture over shrimp and continue to toss. Thread shrimp evenly onto skewers. Place skewers on a grill and cook for 6-8 minutes turning once.
Grilled Turkey Burgers
2 green onions, chopped
Add the ground turkey, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, coriander, cayenne, and green onions to a large bowl and stir to combine. Use your hands to form into 4-5 burger patties. Heat the grill to medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Grilled Veggie Basket
Grill Basket option: Place all veggies in basket and mix with seasonings and oil. Place on grill for 10-15 min. stirring every 3 min.
Foil Option: Place all veggies and olive oil in large sheet of foil, wrap tightly, Place on grill for 10-15 min.
Grilled Sweet Potato
Brush the potato wedges with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Place on Grill, turning one to two times until soft.
Mix ingredients in bowl. Chill in Fridge and serve cold.
Healthy Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw Dressing Ingredients:
1 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. olive oil
Cole Slaw Dressing Ingredients (cont’d):
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coriander, ground
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
In a large bowl, add shredded cabbage and carrots. In a small bowl, whisk Coleslaw Dressing ingredients. Add to a bowl with cabbage and carrots, and gently toss to coat. Serve chilled.
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