As the weather gets nice and lots of fruits and veggies are in season we like to move our meal prep from the oven out to the grill. Grilling is a fun and an easy way to cook up a nutritious and delicious meal. From the traditional barbecue to veggie kabobs and even dessert, grilling options are endless. Want to take your meal prep to the grill but don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips to make grilling your meals quick and easy.
- Try to make all the items for your meal (think – vegetables, starch, and protein) on the grill to keep the heat out of the kitchen and get you and your family outside.
- Aluminum foil is your friend when grilling. Wrap potatoes, vegetables, corn on the cob, or meat to keep in flavors, seasoning, and moisture while grilling.
- Pair a cool side like bean salad, fresh fruit, mixed greens, or vegetables and hummus with your grilled entree to speed up dinner prep. An added bonus of raw fruits and vegetables is that they provide us with some fluid, contributing to our hydration, which can become especially important in these summer months.
- Add color. Just about every colorful fruit and vegetable can be grilled. Some fan favorites include asparagus, avocado, bell peppers, onions, eggplant, mushrooms, potatoes..the list keeps going!
- If you don’t have time to grill multiple nights of the week buy and make your meats in bulk on the grill over the weekend and use them throughout the week cold on salads, or reheated for lunches. Pair leftover meats with bagged salad mix for a quick lunch on the go.
Next time you’re firing up the grill, try this quick and easy dessert recipe:
Grilled Peach Sundae
Serves 4 | Per serving: 154 calories, 4g Fat, 28g Carbohydrates, 4g Protein
- peaches, halved and pitted
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 4 scoops non-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened toasted coconut
Preheat grill to high. Brush peach halves with oil. Grill until tender. Place 2 peach halves in each bowl and top with a scoop of frozen yogurt and coconut.