Grilling is not only a way to cook, it is also an excellent way to add flavor to all types of food. Before the barbecue session, ensure that the grill is clean and that it is adequately fired up to a sufficient temperature. In addition, the proper equipment, such as a food thermometer, extra plates and utensils, should be available to ensure food safety. There are the traditional grilled dishes, but think outside of the box this summer. Try adding these new items to the barbeque menu:
Lean Alternatives - Try ground turkey breast, which can be up to 99 percent fat free. Instead of grilling up a beef burger try making turkey burgers as ground turkey can be substituted in a delicious burger recipe and forms excellent patties. Or substitute a grilled marinated Portobello mushroom as the meat on a burger.
Vegetables - A variety of vegetables can be cooked on the grill. They can be cooked in tin foil or placed directly on a hot grill. Grilling creates rich flavor, seasoned or unseasoned. Grilled vegetables are also great for you as they are low in calories and packed with nutrients. Try grilling red peppers, eggplant, asparagus, summer squash, or cherry tomatoes.
Fruit - Grilled fruit can be a tasty and nutritious dessert. Make fruit kabobs or place fruit slices onto the grill. Try grilling pineapples, peaches, or watermelon for unique flavors.
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