Grill Healthy

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Any day is a great time for grilling. One of the best things about grilling is the easy clean up. Grilling usually tends to be a time when you throw on the greasy, fatty meats but you can chose to grill a healthy way. You don’t have to be on a diet or watching your weight to want to grill what is best for your body.

Grilling fruits and vegetables is a great idea, whether or not you’re grilling meat to go with them. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and this is an appealing way to serve them. I probably don’t need to remind you that eating fruits and vegetables benefits the body in so many ways — reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, obesity, and some types of cancer.

The trick to grilling vegetables is cutting them into shapes and sizes that cook well on the grill. When you cook them over direct medium heat, turning frequently, they’ll usually be done in 8-10 minutes (sometimes less, depending on the vegetable). Look for grill marks and some light browning to develop.

These vegetables work especially well on the grill.

Red, white, or sweet onion, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
Whole mushrooms. Grill portabellas like a burger or them cut into thick slices; grill small mushrooms strung on a skewer or kabob.
Eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
Zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
Asparagus spears. Just trim off the white end and grill the spears whole.

Other fruits and vegetables that are great to grill:

Tomatoes, Bell peppers, Endive, Pineapple, Mango, Apple, Pear

If you prefer some meat with your fruit and vegetables, my first choice is chicken breast. It is a good idea to put about ½ inch between chunks of food on your kebab. (It can help everything cook through more quickly). You can cut up the chicken breast in squares and put them on the skewer along with the veggies or cook them separate. I also like to marinate skinless chicken breasts in low fat Italian dressing for about 2 hours in the refrigerator. Let the marinade drain off, then cook chicken over direct high heat or direct medium heat until it’s done throughout. Always check the thickest part of the chicken breast for doneness.

Have a great time grilling, take a nice walk to free yourself from stress but most of all spend time with family.

Author: Laurie Scheitler

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