With all this amazing sunshine we’ve been experiencing there is no doubt that you have had the BBQ out several times already but have you made the right BBQ choices or have you just let loose?
Eating food that goes on or goes with a BBQ can either be really healthy or really unhealthy so it’s important that you eat consciously and that means thinking about the consequences of the foods you’re going to eat before you eat them!
There’s the unhealthy BBQ where you have the usual suspects such as;
Red meat (a weeks worth consumed in one day)
Buns (white, processed)
Creamed foods (potato salad, coleslaw, dips)
Beer / Wine
Ketchup / Mayonaise
Now Here’s How to BBQ Healthy!
Keep the red meat down to one portion per person, so if you’re having burgers keep it to one each. Make your own homemade beef burgers and choose higher quality lean meat or better yet get some turkey mince and make turkey burgers.
Eat your burger in between some Cos lettuce leaves or with lots of salad or barbecued veggies.
Where dips are concerned, again you can make your own using greek yogurt with chives, cucumber or try one of my recipes:
2 egg yolks
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp powdered mustard
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4-5 tsp lemon juice
1 to 1½ cups of olive oil
4 tsp hot water
Beat yolks, salt, mustard, pepper and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a bowl until very thick and pale yellow. (Note: if using electric mixer, beat at medium speed).
Add about ¼ cup oil, drop by drop, beating vigorously all the while.
Beat in 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and hot water.
Add another ¼ cup oil, a few drops at a time, beating vigorously all the while.
Beat in another tsp of lemon juice water.
Add ½ cup oil in very fine steady stream, beating constantly, then mix in remaining lemon juice and water; slowly beat in remaining oil. If you like thin mayonnaise add a little additional hot water. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Do not keep longer than 1 week. Yields 1-½ cups.
Recipe (serves 4 people)
1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tblsp tomato puree
1 tsp of grated apple
1 handful of chopped spinach
Sprinkle of sea salt
Sprinkle of black pepper
Sprinkle of chilli powder
Sprinkle of thyme
Then just stir it all up!
2 ripe avocados
2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tomatoes, chopped
A few sprigs of coriander or parsley, finely chopped
Salt and black pepper to taste
Mash the avocado flesh with the lemon or lime juice. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Adjust the seasoning to your tastes, adding more salt and pepper or lemon or lime juice if necessary. Chill before serving.
Swap crisps for vegetable sticks to have with your dips.
Some of the best things you can do on a BBQ to keep it healthy are look for natural alternatives and consider stepping out of your traditional comfort zone and get creative with it.
Wishing you a happy, healthy summer.