4 dishes to cook on the grill

4 dishes to cook on the grill

There's nothing more delicious than cooking on the grill in the fresh air. It's also easy!

By: Enriqueta L.

How great it is to finally enjoy the warm weather and get-togethers with friends and family around the grill. There's nothing more pleasurable and healthy. Also, cooking on the grill is the perfect way to get us away from eating too much fat and help us to eat more balanced.

For me, grilling brings me back to my grandparents' house where they had barbeques each Sunday afternoon, serving up fish and meat to all who attended. The men played dominoes; the women prepared the corncobs and made vegetable kebobs. My grandmother always made a potato salad with vinaigrette or beans with plenty of cilantro; my grandfather was the indisputable king when the time came to get grilling.

As we're now responsible for what we eat and how it affects or benefits our health, I'm more careful about what I choose to serve at my barbeques or what I eat when I'm invited to one. I'm sure you're feeling hunger pangs by now, and thankfully I can assure you these traditionally barbequed foods can be really healthy:

1. Meats, fish, seafood, and chicken are lower in fat when grilled than when cooked using other methods. Nevertheless, it's preferable to choose a moderate portion. If you avoid covering it in butter, sour cream, and oily sauces, this main dish can be just what your stomach craves without negative effects to your health.

2. Vegetables: You'll love to know that vegetables cooked on the BBQ retain more vitamins and minerals. So enjoy all types of cooked vegetables on the grill, including eggplant, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, corn on the cob, beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes. The only thing you need to do is cut the vegetables in pieces that are more or less equal in size, and season them with a little salt and olive oil. You'll see how delicious they cook up and what a perfect choice they are for grilling.

3. Salads: I prefer fresh salads, with all types of greens, beans, and herbs fresh from the garden to satiate my hunger. Accompany your salad with slices of avocado, which will always reign in our Latin American cuisine. Try to avoid creamy dressings, opting instead for vinaigrettes which are better for you.

4. Desserts: You don't have to say no to dessert. On the contrary, even dessert can be made on the grill! For example, fresh fruits, including watermelon, peaches, pineapple, oranges, and mango, are delightful. Consider pineapple kebabs served with yogurt, honey and mint leaves, or grilled peaches with light vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with a little cinnamon.

Tip: Leftovers from the grill are wonderful to eat on salad, wrapped in lettuce, served in tacos, or in omelets the rest of the week. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Which typical BBQ foods do you crave the most?


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