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Sizzling Summer: Recipes for Delicious and Nutritious Grilled Meals

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Sizzling Summer: Recipes for Delicious and Nutritious Grilled Meals

Summer is here, and it's time to fire up the grill and enjoy some sunshine! Grilling not only adds a smoky and mouthwatering flavor to your meals but also offers a healthier cooking alternative by reducing the need for added fats.

In this blog, we will share some scrumptious and nutritious grilled recipes that will tantalize your taste buds and keep you satisfied all summer. But before we dive into the recipes, let's review some essential tips for safe grilling practices:

Safe Grilling Practices

Preheat Your Grill

Always preheat your grill for at least 15-20 minutes before cooking. This ensures the grill reaches the desired temperature, kills bacteria, and helps prevent sticking.

Keep It Clean

Regularly clean your grill grates to remove any leftover food particles or grease. A clean grill ensures better flavor, prevents flare-ups, and reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

Always use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw and cooked foods to prevent the transfer of bacteria. Also, ensure that the meats are cooked thoroughly to eliminate any potential health risks. Here are the recommended minimums:

  • Poultry (165°F/74°C)
  • Ground meats (160°F/71°C)
  • Steaks/roasts/fish (145°F/63°C for medium-rare, 160°F/71°C for medium)
  • Pork/ham (145°F/63°C)
  • Ground poultry (165°F/74°C)

Always use a food thermometer to check the thickest part of the meat.

Delicious and Nutritious Grilled Recipes

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Vegetables

  1. Thread chicken breast cubes, bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers.
  2. Brush with a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and your favorite herbs.
  3. Grill until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are slightly charred.

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

  1. Rub salmon fillets with a mixture of lime juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and dill.
  2. Grill the salmon over medium heat until it flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Serve with a refreshing mango salsa made from diced mango, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice.

Grilled Vegetable Medley

  1. Toss a variety of vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Grill the vegetables until they are tender and have beautiful grill marks.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh herbs like basil or parsley before serving.

Stay Healthy This Summer!

Grilling is an excellent way to enjoy delicious meals while embracing a healthier cooking method. By following safe grilling practices, you can create mouthwatering dishes without compromising on taste or nutrition. So, gather your loved ones, fire up the grill, and savor the flavors of summer with these delicious and nutritious grilled meals.

Remember, the Antelope Valley Medical Center team is here for your health needs all summer long! Whether your kiddo takes a tumble on the playground or you come down with a case of food poisoning, pay us a visit today!