Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with barbecuing. Before you finish planning your gathering, check out these ideas and recipes for a healthy and delicious get-together.
Choosing the right cut of meat for the grill is all about you and your crowd. Just feeding your family or are you having a lot of guests? Want to be health conscientious or do you want to impress? This cheat sheet from Rachaelraymag.com is super helpful:
- If you’re on a tight budget, try: chicken legs, flank steak, ground beef or pork chops
- If you’re watching your weight, try: chicken breasts, flank steak or ground beef
- If you’re feeding a crowd, try: baby back ribs, chicken breasts, chicken legs or pork chops
- If you’re looking to impress, try: baby back ribs, chicken legs or t-bone steak
We have different ways to FLAVOR your meats, in honor of national BBQ month for you to try out at your first barbeque parties of the year. We have developed ways for you to cool your meat with little calories, little mess and packed with flavor! The whole party will be asking for your recipe.
Using a dry rub before grilling and roasting your meats means you can manipulate it to any flavor you’d like and it avoids the sticky mess that traditional BBQ sauce leaves behind. Try this recipe:
BBQ Rub Recipe
- 6 tbsp Sea Salt
- 2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 tbsp Onion Powder
- 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Thyme
- 1 tbsp Mustard Powder
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper (optional for heat)
Mix all the spices in a small mixing bowl. Pat meat dry with a paper towel, then literally “rub” spices into the meat – you can wear gloves if you don’t want your hands smelling like garlic and onion later.
A dry rub can be applied to the meat right before grilling – For more flavor, it can also sit for a couple hours or over night.
If you don’t want to pack a punch with flavor, and want something subtle and moist, you can use a marinade to flavor your meat. Marinades are easy to manipulate flavor too, they just take a little more preparation and time. They can be as simple as letting your meat rest in BBQ sauce overnight!
Trying to find a perfect poolside snack or a side for your BBQ meats? Grill your vegetables!
Here are some great choices:
- onion slices
- bell peppers
- zucchini and yellow squash
- cabbage steaks
- tomato slices
Grilled vegetables make for great side dishes when you already have the grill fired up or an easy snack for the kids. Simply brush a little olive oil onto large slices of vegetables, sprinkle salt and pepper and grill until tender. Also, use small wooden skewers to keep your smaller vegetables from falling through the cracks. They are popular side dishes and you’ll be surprised at how fast the kids eat them up!
Think of all the foods you have placed on a grill… did FRUIT cross your mind?
This summer is the perfect time to try new things and grilled fruit should be on your list! The natural sugars in the fruit caramelize, which makes for a tasty treat; but if you’re feeling really indulgent, add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with your warm grilled fruits!
Grilled Peaches Recipe
- 4 Peaches
- 2 tsp Honey
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter or vegetable oil
After washing, cut peaches into halves and remove pit. Brush a small amount of oil or butter onto peaches and place cut side down onto the hot grill – grill peaches for 3 minutes or until they have nice grill marks on them. While the peaches are on the grill mix the honey, cinnamon and vanilla together in a small mixing bowl. Once the peaches are done, drizzle the honey mixture onto the peaches.
Add a scoop of your favorite low-fat ice cream and enjoy!