Healthy barbecue options

03 Jul
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Contrary to popular belief, barbecues and grills can be delicious for more than just meat-lovers. We shouldn’t have to give up our healthy eating streak just to kick back with our friends for this summer tradition. This July 4th, mix it up with some vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re feeling even more of a cleanse, try the paleo route.


Cut up some eggplant, tomatoes, asparagus and zucchini, add salt, pepper and olive oil, and throw them onto the grill. Tempeh is a great alternative to veggie patties; made of soy beans, they’re a delicious alternative to keep up with your diet without having to tolerate the less natural veggie burger. Tempeh doesn’t sound like it’s going to quite satisfy your cravings? Portobello mushroom caps are another great option as a substitute to beef patties.

Make your own pizza by wrapping pizza dough on a sheet of aluminum foil to be grilled. Once the dough is golden brown, add your toppings, and place the pizza back on the grill to melt the cheese. Add some flair with a grilled cumin-lime zucchini quesadilla. Mix olive oil, cumin, chile flakes, lime juice, and honey to season the zucchini. Once this is prepared, place slices on the tortilla, add some mozzarella, and re-grill to perfection. (For the actual recipe, click here.) Of course, we can’t forget about our corn on the cob for the Fourth! Instead of slathering the corn with butter, try olive oil.

You’d be surprised by how much sweeter your fruit could be by just placing them on the grill. Peaches, pineapples, and watermelon are all enhanced by the grilling. Serve the grilled peaches with some cinnamon or yogurt and enjoy your naturally tasty dessert.

If you want to top anything off with a paleo friendly sauce, click here to check this one out!

Don’t just settle for a plain salad this July 4th; try out these recipes for a pleasantly filling barbecue with your meat-loving friends.

Tiffany Truong
Last modified on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:33

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