Barbecues on the 4th of July are part of being American.
As we head into the height of grilling season, it is important to pay attention to the extra calories we may consume from our feast.
For example, according to FitDay.com, one cup of potato salad contains 325 calories and 17 grams of fat. My suggestion is to fill your plate with lots of green, like a fresh spinach salad or grilled veggies.
LiveStrong.com has these suggestions for cutting calories and fat, “Instead of fatty burgers and hot dogs, stick to lean protein options for your healthy foods picnic. Switch to turkey or veggie burgers on the grill. You can also grill chicken and serve it on skewers along with grilled veggies, like tomatoes and onions.”
Here are some of my favorite original recipes for grilling:
½ small eggplant sliced thin lengthwise
6 ounces of chicken tenderloins thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Pinch of salt
Coat eggplant with olive oil, season with garlic and salt. Grill eggplant on indoor or outdoor grill. Grill chicken. Place each piece of chicken on each piece of eggplant, roll up and serve.
SPICY SHRIMP PIMIENTO KABOBS
6 ounces of stewing beef
1 small zucchini diced
1 red bell pepper cut into thick strips
2 tablespoons of pimiento sauce (found in ethnic food aisle of grocery store)
Mix shrimp with pimiento sauce. Thread the shrimp, cubed zucchini and peppers onto skewers. Grill kabobs turning frequently until cooked through.
RED PEPPER TURKEY BURGER
6 ounces of ground turkey
1tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of red pepper spread (usually found in ethnic food aisle of grocery store)
1 slice of pepperjack cheese
1 slice of multi-grain bread
Mix together ground turkey and red pepper spread and form patty. Cook thoroughly in medium skillet on both sides. Top with a piece of pepperjack cheese. Served open-faced on a slice of multi-grain bread.
MUSHROOM CHICKEN BURGER
4 ounces of lean ground chicken
1 tablespoon of olive oil
¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of chopped scallions
2 medium shiitake mushrooms chopped