3 easy and healthy summer grilling ideas
There’s nothing quite like summertime grilling: getting together with family and friends for fresh air and delicious food (with that unbeatable charred flavor!). It’s also a healthy way to cook up lean meat, fish, and veggies—all of which are Free Food with Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing. This means you can eat as much of these foods as you like, to satisfy your appetite. Read on for three tips and tricks to help you grill your way to a slimmer summer!
1) DIY flavor
Store-bought sauces and rubs can be loaded with hidden sugar, thickeners and oil. Happily, it’s easy to make your own! With just 10 minutes of cooking time, the homemade sauce from our BBQ pulled pork recipe will quickly become a summer staple for any kind of lean meat. For a versatile rub that’s great on chicken, steak, or pork, mix up a blend of chili and garlic powders, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
2) Grate technique
Though some recipes call for brushing grill grates and food with oil to prevent sticking, there are alternatives that can limit oil and keep your weight loss on track. Invest in a grill brush to keep grates clean and free of previously cooked, stuck-on food, and coat ingredients lightly with cooking spray* for extra-easy release. Make sure your grill is fully preheated before cooking (food is less likely to stick at a higher temp) and don’t rush when flipping meat and fish—if they’re stuck, there’s a good chance that they haven’t fully firmed up and will tear if they’re turned too soon.
3) Veggie 101
Grills aren’t just for lean meat, fish and seafood. Pretty much any vegetable tastes great on the grill—from asparagus to zucchini. For hardier veggies, like potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts, par-cook them for a few minutes in boiling water, then finish on the grill for lovely char marks and smoky flavor. Thread smaller items like cherry tomatoes and button mushrooms onto skewers for easier flipping. Add flavor with a quick marinade of balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs, like in this recipe for party-ready vegetable antipasti.
*Up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional five sprays used.