Make the Most of Your Grilling

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One of the favorite summer activities (for me it’s year round!) is grilling. Steaks, burgers, seafood, veggies, whatever form it takes makes me happy. Grilling is a great way to cook a lot of food without heating up the house. In Texas that means a lot!

Making the most of your grilling can mean cooking enough food to take care of a few meals at one time. Planning ahead and cooking a couple of different proteins and lots of extra veggies can make for quick meals later.

A typical stint at the grill for me includes cooking shrimp kabobs, a pork tenderloin, and three or four different types of veggies.  For the veggies, I always have onions, then I go for an assortment of colors, like red, yellow and orange bell peppers. For my green color, I go for asparagus or zucchini.  I love mushrooms on the grill, whether they are portobellos, cremini, or even button mushrooms. I’ve also grilled carrots, potatoes (both colors), corn on the cob, and basically anything I can get my hands on.

Then I always go for some fruit, be it pineapple, peaches, or plums. The natural sugars caramelize and are divine!

I always eat the seafood the night I grill, then save the other proteins for future meals. As for the veggies, I have some of each color and save the rest. Same with the fruit. I just go with my taste at the time.

Now you have multiple choices for meals the rest of the week. You can cut up some veggies and one of the proteins to make a pasta sauce. You can dice some of the protein to top a salad. You can make a grilled fruit salad or dessert. Your imagination is your only limitation.

The dish in the photo is grilled pineapple and peaches with Agave nectar and lime zest. Simple and fabulous! You could also top it with a little Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon. If adding the yogurt, I would mix the Agave nectar into the yogurt. And another recipe is born . . . .

Incorporating clean, fresh food into your daily diet will contribute to your overall health. Grilling is one way to prepare food with the least amount of additional ingredients and the most amount of flavor. You maintain more of the nutritional benefits by the quick-cooking method that grilling offers. The additional flavor that the flames and smoke gives to food adds a depth that increases the excitement to lean foods. How great is that?

Enjoy the season by grilling outdoors as much as possible. Your waistline and taste buds will thank you!

Until next time . . . Eat on Purpose!

Happy Living!

Christia Sale

admin posted at 2010-7-16 Category: Grilling, Nutritional benefits, Quick meals

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