The lazy days of summer are finally here. After the winter that we had here in Boston I couldn’t wait for summer.
I’m hoping that I’m a human battery and I can soak up all this warmth to carry me through the long New England winter.
I do grill year round, but I enjoy the fact that I can sit outside and have a nice glass of wine while I waiting for my dinner to c
ok. I also like there are a lot of fantastic options for food that aren’t cheaply or readily available other times of the year. Specifically bulk seasonal fruits and veggies are everywhere for a fraction of their off-season price and stores typically have all kinds of sales on grilling meats. If you’re looking for something fresh to try this summer, take a look at these quick meal ideas:
Turkey/Chicken Dogs/Burgers – Instead of the standby beef burger or dog instead opt for something leaner like ground turkey or chicken. Turkey and chicken are naturally leaner meats. You can add different spices and sauces to make them even more flavorful.
Grilled Fish – Fish is another lean option over fatty beef choices that also comes with a lot of great vitamins and the ever important Omega-3 fatty acids that you might normally have to take as a supplement if you’re not a big seafood eater. Try a store bought option, check a fresh fish market if you live near the water, or even catch your dinner yourself!
Fruit/Veggie Kebabs – Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, adding the option of freshly grilled fruit and vegetable kebabs is a great idea. You can put just about anything on them, leaving your options wide open for everything from traditional kebab choices like peppers, pineapple, and onions or try adding something a little different to the menu like apple slices. Of course you don’t have to go all vegetable, adding some chicken or beef chunks to your kebabs is always an option, but using seasonally cheap veggies is a great way to keep costs down and flavor up.
Summertime is the perfect time for trying something new and flavorful you might not think of other times of the year. Try some of these ideas at your next family get together or neighborhood barbecue!
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