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Grilling is a social way of cooking that allows everyone to get out and spend some quality time together. Because grilled foods don’t require constant attention like pan-fried meals, you have free time to chat with friends and family. There is no denying that eating grilled food is easier on the waistline than eating fried food. Plus, it’s hard to name one food that doesn’t taste great on the grill. It’s no wonder that Forbes reports that 62% of households own a grill. As for the favorite grills, Digital SWNS reports that chicken topping the charts, with burgers and steaks right after. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some easy, tasty and healthy grilling recipes to try this summer.
Lemon and garlic prawn skewers
When you don’t have the patience for burgers or steaks, try these delicious shrimp skewers. Shrimp cook in about five to seven minutes on the barbecue – they should be a nice pink on the outside and white on the inside when done. And once put on a skewer, this seafood can go straight to the grill, without foil. For eight pieces of shrimp, whisk ¼ cup of olive oil with a minced garlic clove, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a teaspoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Coat your shrimp in the mixture and put them on the grill.
A Spatchcock Chicken
Roasting a whole chicken in the oven takes a long time. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to breasts and drumsticks on the grill. By simply removing the backbone from your whole chicken, you can flatten it and put it on the grill. Just be sure to top it off with your favorite rub beforehand. Then cook it for about 10 minutes skin side down and 20 minutes on the other side.
This savory recipe is the perfect side dish and packed with flavor. Whisk about ¼ cup of olive oil with red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic salt and parsley flakes. Using a grill brush, carefully brush this mixture onto each cob of corn so they are coated. Then grill until the kernels are tender and the corn looks charred. Eat it with a light layer of mayonnaise brushed on the finished product and a little paprika.
Spicy grilled avocado
Not everyone thinks of grilling the avocado when considering healthy grilling recipes, but this healthy fruit tastes great with certain grilling lines. Simply cut your avocados in half and brush the cut sides with a mixture of olive oil, chili powder, salt and pepper. Place them face down on the grill for four to six minutes or until you see distinct grill lines. You can eat them as they are or drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. You can also fill their center with white crabmeat for a hearty appetizer.
Instead of flipping each sausage individually, load them onto skewers so you only have one thing to flip. Get your favorites like kielbasa or andouille sausage, beef hot dogs and more. Thread them onto a skewer with mini peppers and onion wedges between each. Brush everything with olive oil. Then grill the sausages for as long as you normally would. Vegetables are cooked soft and lightly charred.
This salmon is one of those healthy grill recipes that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and smoky. Simply make a simple teriyaki sauce with ¼ cup water, a dash of cornstarch, ½ cup soy sauce, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and a tablespoon of honey. Use a grill brush to spread this mixture over your salmon and place this salmon on the grill for 8-12 minutes, depending on the quality of your fish.
Grilling mangoes enhances their sweet flavor. Plus, these fruits are so versatile when cooked. You can add them to chicken and shrimp skewers, toss them with a cherry tomato and arugula salad, or shake some hot sauce on them and dip them in. Simply peel and seed the mango, cut into square portions, lightly sprinkle with your favorite seasoning or spices, then brush with olive oil. Place the sliced mangoes on the grill for five minutes with the cut side down, then about a minute upside down.