Healthy Grilling With Flavor: 3 Fast Tips
No matter what you’re grilling, slicing and marinating it beforehand is a surefire way to infuse extra flavor into every delicious bite. Try marinating meat with a homemade mix of oil, vinegar and spices. Marinate vegetables in sweet, organic salad dressings (such as Annie’s Naturals) before grilling.
Try it! We found this delectable marinade/salad dressing recipe for “Pepper-Mint Dressing Marinade” at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen’s blog. They have some of the most amazing, wholesome recipes.
- 1/2 cup packed fresh spearmint leaves
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 small shallot (optional)
- 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Add all ingredients except for olive oil to a blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the olive oil, blend on low speed until just incorporated. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Bring to room temp before serving.
2. Wrap, poke, or stuff.
Try playing with your food before you grill it. Stuff your chicken with feta, mushrooms and spinach, wrap slices of eggplant in strips of bacon, or skewer bite-sized, hearty fruits to make sweet shish-kabobs. Oh, and try dipping those grilled fruit-kabobs in cold, organic Stonyfield yogurt for an especially healthy treat!
Try It! Here’s a simple, mouthwatering recipe for “Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus” to enjoy the best flavors of the season on the grill – adapted from Beach Lover Kitchen (does it get any more summery than that?).
- 1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed 1 1/2 inches from the bottom (bigger asparagus is better)
- 1 package pre-cut thick bacon
Directions: Preheat grill. Washed and slightly peel the asparagus from just below the tip to the end. Wrap the bacon tightly around each asparagus stalk. If you have smaller size asparagus, use 3-4 stalks. Grill the asparagus turning frequently until slightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from grill and serve warm as side side or appetizer.
3. Don’t skimp on the simple stuff.
Don’t leave out the simple stuff – like salt and pepper, wholesome oils (like olive, almond or coconut), a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a sprinkling of garden-fresh herbs right before serving. Check out Harvest Eating, the website of Chef Keith Snow (our favorite chef), for lots of great ideas on how to use fresh herbs – and recipes for grilling!
Try It! Check out this healthy, delicious recipe for Herbed Grilled Corn with fresh herbs, from Nancy’s Kitchen. Classic, homespun recipes are found in abundance at Nancy’s Kitchen!
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
- 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Dash of pepper
- 8 cleaned ears of corn
Directions: Blend butter with parsley, chives, salt and pepper. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon on each ear; wrap individually in heavy-duty foil. Grill over glowing coals 15-20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.
Now that you’re ready to get creative, get grilling! Have fun and enjoy the (grilled) fruits of your labor!