Healthy dishes are easy to make with a brand new grill! If you’re getting a new grill, there’s excitement in the air! However, so many people never fully grasp how versatile a grill is! Grilling offers people opportunities to put a different spin on preparing many of their nutritious and delicious favorite foods.
Easy-to-make, healthy dishes to make on your new grill
If you’re at a loss for what to do with your grill, a little research can uncover exciting but simple recipes for even the newest of grill novices. Here are four easy and healthy dishes for your family that you can prepare with your grill.
Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce
If your kids and other members of your family love seafood, you can prepare this simple meal in less than 30 minutes. The Food Network has posted a recipe that calls for the use of one pound of peeled and deveined shrimp (roughly 36 shrimp). To give your shrimp more flavor, try adding some oil, salt and pepper before grilling.
Make the Serrano-mint sauce with ingredients like:
- Serrano chilis
- garlic cloves
- mint leaves
At just 166 calories per serving, and packed with omega-3’s and immunity-boosting herbs, this meal is also one of the healthiest options to prepare with your grill.
To make a healthier pizza for the family, try preparing your own dough from scratch. Once prepared, grill it to create a crust. The natural open-fire bake creates an appetizing texture. If you’re preparing separate pizzas, one of the best ways to grill the crusts effectively:
- divide the dough into four balls
- roll them out
- brush each one on one side with oil
Cook each crust on the grill, oiled side down, for two to four minutes. You can also lightly grill some mushrooms, onions or other veggies to add as pizza toppings.
Gas, electric and charcoal grills can even be used to prepare certain types of salads. One of our favorites: Grilled Caesar salad. Cover romaine hearts and baguette slices with anchovy dressing, and throw them on the grill. Grill for just one to two minutes. Grilling adds a gourmet flair to your fresher fruits and vegetables.
If you want more meat in your salad, grill some chicken strips. Chicken strips are easy to prepare on a grill! Season them up with a lemon and pepper baste. Once grilled, chop them up and add to salads and sandwiches.
Tofu tacos are surprisingly delicious and a healthier alternative to tacos with meat. This Love & Lemons recipe suggests marinating the tofu in a mixture of lime juice, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil prior to grilling to give it more flavor.
You only have to grill the tofu slices for one to two minutes per side for the desired taste. Make a red cabbage slaw with rice vinegar, sea salt and a dash of sugar to add to your tacos. If your kids aren’t into tofu, try using fish instead to incorporate omega-3’s into their diet.
And you thought grills were only good for meat
These meals are great for the grill and can add more taste and nutrition to your family’s meals. The quick prep times of these meals allows you to make large amounts in a short amount of time, without having to fall back on the traditional convenience foods like hamburgers and hot dogs. A grill is a powerful cooking appliance that opens your diet to a world of options, whether you’re a grill master or just looking for an easy Saturday meal.
Author bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.