Tips for Healthier Summer Cookouts
Make your cookouts more interesting this summer—and healthier—by making a few changes.
- Grill fish instead of red meat. Make it a regular part of your dinner routine. You can put thick fish fillets right on the grill. Thinner, more delicate fish needs to be wrapped in aluminum foil. Add lemon, herbs and vegetables to the foil as well. Cook fish until it's opaque at the thickest part.
- Try veggie burgers instead of ground beef. You can find lots of different types in the frozen food section of your grocery store. By the time you add your favorite fixings, it's hard to tell whether you're eating meat or not.
- If you're craving meat, make shish kebabs. This is a way to have a good blend of meat and vegetables. Or try using scallops instead of meat. Green and red pepper, onion, zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes are some good shish kebab options.
- Make hamburgers smaller if you do decide you want them. Add portobello mushrooms for extra bulk. Use whole grain bread or buns instead of white flour buns.
- Trip fat and skin from meat an poultry. Marinate them ahead of time in low-fat salad dressing to make them more tender and flavorful.
- For a different kind of dessert, try grilling fruit. Peaches, pineapple, etc.