There’s something that feels right about firing up the grill on a hot summer day. Perhaps you and your family just returned from the swimming pool and need a healthy meal. Or, you’re sitting out on the deck on a beautiful summer day.
No matter the occasion, grilling is often easy, healthy, and fun to do! In this blog post, we’re sharing a few ideas of foods to grill out in the summer.
Healthy foods to grill out in summer
Sick of the same old burger recipe and need new ideas of what to grill out? We’ve got you covered! Try one of the delicious recipes below the next time you’re looking to change up your grilling go-tos.
The marinade in this Moroccan chicken recipe makes the meat so tender and juicy–not to mention tasty! Quickly throw garlic, lemon, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and turmeric together for the marinade. We’ve even included an herb sauce for dipping for when you’re eating this meal!
No need to be bored with chicken skewers any longer! These Moroccan chicken skewers keep grill time feeling spicy.
If you have a gluten-sensitivity or allergy, you may look to stay away from traditional hamburger buns. But you may be puzzled at what to replace the bun with. A common hamburger bun swap is large portobello mushrooms! Portobellos are filled with selenium, which is a mineral known for its antioxidant properties, and copper, which is necessary for producing and storing iron.
While this recipe doesn’t call for the mushrooms to replace the hamburger buns per se, you can absolutely omit the buns and use mushrooms on either side of your meat, condiments, and toppings!
Many taco enthusiasts love fish tacos due to their mild flavor and texture. Fish tacos are versatile and can be combined with just about any salsa, herb, or vegetable! This recipe is perfect for any white fish, such as cod, halibut, tilapia, or mahi-mahi. These types of fish all cook quickly and are a great grilling option for busy weeknights.
Mango salsa adds an element of sweetness to these tacos, but if mangos aren’t your vibe, pico de gallo can easily be swapped in instead.
What’s better than a tender, juicy grilled chicken on a summer day? One that uses delicious herbs, of course! This gluten-free, low carb chicken recipe doesn’t skimp on flavor. It requires only 30 minutes of marinating time but can marinate for up to 24 hours for even better flavor.
Enjoy this chicken alongside a side dish, like a salad or inside pita bread with tzatziki sauce. Or, if you’re not ready to put the grill away yet, you can grill zucchini or asparagus to serve with the rosemary chicken.
Steak is a quintessential grilling meat, and for good reason! There are many different steak cuts to choose from, so you can select the one most suitable for you based on flavor, texture, and thickness. And, grilling steak really brings out their mouth watering juices.
If you’ve never tried chimichurri sauce before, give it a go alongside your steak! This simple sauce adds brine-y flavor to the steak and uses garlic, red-wine vinegar, fresh herbs, olive oil, water, salt, and pepper. That’s it! You may even have several of those ingredients in your pantry.
Looking for a lighter grilling recipe, possibly as an appetizer? Look no further than asparagus! This vegetable can be cooked, boiled, or enjoyed raw, but there’s just something decadent about enjoying asparagus hot off the grill. And, when paired with bacon … voila! A complex-feeling appetizer that really doesn’t require much effort at all.
With just 10 minutes of prep, this bacon asparagus recipe consists of just 6 simple ingredients. If you have leftovers, this bacon asparagus can also be used in other recipes, such as garlic butter shrimp, or as a quinoa and asparagus dinner.
Steak … and peaches … what’s not to love! Salty steak pairs so well with sweet peaches in this refreshing salad recipe. Never suffer through eating a boring salad again! Arugula is often described as peppery in flavor, in comparison to mild lettuce counterparts. Arugula serves as the base of this salad and when paired with lemon, olive oil, feta, and other toppings, feels light and perfect for summertime. If you love spice… you can spice things up with Proper Good Spicing Seasoning!
If you’re meeting up with friends or family for a summer picnic, make this salad ahead of time and bring it to the event for everyone to enjoy a flavorful, healthy dish! Don’t forget the salad tongs and utensils. ;)
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which contain many powerful health benefits for your body and brain. Omega-3’s can help fight depression and anxiety, improve eye health, and improve risk factors for heart disease. They can also reduce symptoms of ADHD in children.
This honey soy salmon recipe contains just the right amount of flavor. Ginger gives it a hint of spice, while fresh lime juice comes in with refreshing citrus notes. Soy sauce and honey combine to give the salmon a perfect balance of sweet and savory/salty.
There we go! Grilling made easy, fun, and flavorful–all in one! Don’t panic the next time a barbeque party comes up. Just come with one of these unique recipes and you’ll be the grillmaster for your friends and family in no time.