Diet-friendly (and yummy) BBQ meal ideas
Simplicity. That's the essence of a tasty barbeque . Bold fresh flavours, cooked simply, served with fresh salads and greens. An easy summer family meal, perfect for a celebration or picnic. Learn how to cook up a healthy, diet-friendly BBQ on the barbie with these recipe ideas - enjoy the outdoors this summer.
Chargrilled food is infused with tasty barbeque flavour and it's also healthy to cook and can be diet-friendly. It doesn't require any additional oil and, in some cases, it can actually reduce the amount of fat in your food.
Fire it up!
Barbeques are also about easy, informal eating and big healthy flavours. It's all about the freshest food - enhanced with strong flavours and spices.
And don't forget:
Spicy homemade tomato ketchup
TIP: Keep meat juicy and tender by starting it off on the hottest area of the barbie to seal the outside, then move it further away from the heat to finish.
Kebabs and skewers are ideal for casual outdoor entertaining. They're quick to prepare, look fabulous, barbeque easily, and can be eaten with fingers. The main tip to be aware of is to pre-soak your bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes. This will prevent them catching alight on the hot barbie. You can also try rosemary twigs for a bit of extra flavour: simply pull off all the leaves and use the twig in place of a skewer - remember to soak it first!
Summer skewers ideas:
And don't forget:
Fruit skewers for dessert
TIP:Marinades will protect meat and vegetables from drying out, especially if you baste as you barbeque. Lemon juice, lime juice and low-fat natural yoghurt all make the perfect base for a marinade and will help to make meat more tender.
A side of salad
Summer salads are brimming with fresh flavours and the ideal accompaniment to an healthy outdoor lunch or picnic. Mix green salad leaves with peppery rocket, coriander or baby spinach leaves, then toss them in a low-fat balsamic dressing.
Keep it simple
Sometimes the most delicious food takes the least time to prepare. A quick tasty trick is to take a bunch of baby tomatoes on the vine, spray them with oil spray and place on a hot barbeque. Don't leave them for too long, 2-4 minutes is probably enough, just to have them striped slightly and softened. Remove and sprinkle with shredded basil leaves, sea salt and balsamic vinegar for a real Mediterranean treat.
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