Summer’s here – what to eat?

Summer has arrived – whats on your plate?  Summer for our family means eating outside and  lots of quick and easy meals, barbecue,  salads, corn on the cob, fresh veggies and dips and relaxing with a beer relaxing – who wants to make a big meal inside when its beautiful outside?

Whats better than some BBQed chicken for dinner?

BBQ Chicken

How about some BBQ chicken with my homemade BBQ sauce the Joy of BBQ (ok I had to add a little plug there!)    and rice, brussel sprouts (or little green brains – as my kids refer to them)  and a big salad.

Great Tip – if you are barbecuing for a crowd (or your selves) and have bone-in chicken and want to shorten the time on the grill so you can relax or reduce the charring – removed the skin (this will also cut the saturated fat) and boil your chicken on the stove for about 15-20 min – or until the chicken is no longer pink inside, then douse it with sauce and grill – tender and delish!

Need a vegetarian option?  Get some Portebello Mushrooms, brush with EVOO, minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste, and grill – hearty alternative to steak or chicken.

What are your favorite things to add to a salad?

We love Romaine Lettuce, Avocado, Feta Cheese, Berries, and topped with Balsamic Vinegar instead of dressing #YUM!

If you want an alternative to Balsamic Dressing here is a great go to recipe for a quick summer (or winter) salad dressing:

4 tspEVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1TB Juice – apple, orange or mango are all great

1TB rice vinegar

1/2 tsp cumin (or coriander – whichever one you like)

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

salt & pepper to taste,

1tsp garlic (optional)

whisk together and pour over salad (we like this one over mixed greens, avocado, oranges segments and red onion).

So grab what ever is in the fridge, get out the grill, sit down together and enjoy dinner as a family!  Enjoying time with family and friends makes everything (even your mother-in-laws cooking …(or is that beer?)in any case… taste better!

Happy & Healthy Eating!

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