Using the oven or stovetop during the summer month is a great way to heat up your house. Not exactly what we’re all trying to do when it’s already sizzling outside. One way to keep your home cool but still eat healthy, satisfying foods is to use a grill. Here are 8 recipes that provide loads of nutrients, flavor, and most only require a few ingredients. Enjoy!
Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which benefit your brain and heart function, and help reduce blood pressure. Use a high quality oil like extra virgin olive oil, add salt and pepper, and throw the salmon on a hot grill- it’s that easy.
Balsamic Grilled Zucchini
Zucchini is high in antioxidants, and aids digestion. It’s also been found to help reduce blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and may even help weight loss. And let’s not forget it’s delicious when grilled. This recipe only requires a few ingredients, including balsamic vinegar and parmesan. It’s quick, tasty, and good for you- what more can you ask for?
Cilantro and Lime Rice Tacos
Two limes, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, and salt. It’s an incredibly easy recipe with tons of flavor. Use a high quality oil like extra virgin olive oil. These pack the best flavor if you marinade the chicken for a long time, so prep the night ahead and then enjoy these delicious tacos the next day.
Grilled Lemon Chicken
Too much red meat, which contains high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol can lead to weight gain, fatty liver disease, heart issues, and can have other negative impacts. White meat, like chicken, is a great source of protein without high levels of saturated fat. Having a few favorite ways to make chicken on the grill is key- a little variety goes a long way in maintaining a healthy diet. This recipe incorporates the tang of lemon juice, complimenting the oregano and garlic.
Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri
Pork is another great protein option if you are trying to cut back on red meat. A lean meat like chicken, pork is full of flavor. This recipe calls for several chili powders (bonus: the capsicum in chilis has been found to help reduce pain), and a refreshing chimichurri sauce which amp up the flavors to another level.
Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad
Grilled lean steak and grilled corn top this salad loaded with other veggies and a balsamic dressing. Watch the portion of the beef to keep this on the lighter side. Savor the incredible mix of garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard that makes up the marinade.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Grilling them adds a wonderful smokey element- add in cilantro and lime and you’ll find that the unique combination is unmatched! You can make this as a side, or as a great light lunch option with some wild rice to incorporate some whole grains into the day.
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are delicious tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper and then roasted or grilled. Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese, or even a splash of lemon for another layer of flavor. They can be made on skewers, on a grill pan, or in a foil pack, depending on what you have available. Brussels sprouts are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent addition to any meal.