Cooking food outside is a regular practice in our family, especially in the summer. It’s fun to eat outside and enjoy a different setting whether it’s a picnic or backyard gathering. Each of us can recall memories made as we gathered around a table to enjoy a meal alfresco. And, cooking food doesn’t have to be hard… here are some simple bbq ideas to get you started.
Unfortunately, much of what we put out on the grill isn’t so good for us. If you’re looking to host an outdoor barbecue with healthier options than the typical hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs — take a look below for some tasty yet healthy suggestions.
Marinated Grilled Chicken
Undeniably, grilled chicken is a good choice. All you need is a great marinade, and you’re all set. With so many different marinades to choose from and various herbs to combine for different flavors, you won’t get bored with this option.
Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
Even if you regularly fill your plate with veggies, nothing stands out better than the grilled variety. Grab Portobello mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, onion and bell peppers and roast them over the open flame. A little misting of olive oil will keep them from sticking without making them soggy. Then, stuff these tasty pieces into a multigrain pita pocket for a handy meal.
Turkey or Black Bean Burgers
Instead of ground beef, make your burgers with ground turkey. They taste much lighter and won’t leave you dragging afterward. Or you can opt for a veggie burger if you want a meat-free option. Homemade black bean burgers are a great alternative! (see the recipe to the left)
Take your love of fajitas outdoors by skewering marinated peppers and onions. If you’re a meat-eater, add some grilled chicken to your skewers. Sprinkle a little fajitas seasoning, and you’ll have a feisty barbecue dish that brings all the flavor while being kind to your health.
Grilled Watermelon or Pineapple
Watermelon is a summer barbecue staple and a really simple bbq idea. While it’s already good for you, tossing slices of it onto your grill is a game-changer for the palate. Another grilled fruit we “discovered” while in Hawaii was pineapple spears. No one will need a sugary dessert with a treat this good.
Fresh fish on the grill evokes images of an island vacation. No matter where you live, you can make your own version of paradise by taking fish, wrapping it with veggies like asparagus in foil packets, and throwing it on the grill. The best part is you can use any fish you like, though fresh and/or wild-caught is best. If you already do this, what do you put in your packets?
Cauliflower Steaks on the Grill
Cauliflower…is there anything you can’t do with it? When sliced into thick steaks, you can marinate it and grill it. Like Portobello mushrooms, it has a very meaty quality while being 100% plant-based and perfect for any meatless guests.
And finally, I’d love to remind you that shrimp on the barbie not only tastes fantastic but is also a great barbecue dish for your summer gatherings. Marinate them, skewer them, put them on the grill, and enjoy! This is one of my favorite simple BBQ ideas to try!
Let’s Hear What You Think
What’s your favorite backyard BBQ dish? Leave a comment or your simple bbq ideas from your family! I’m always excited to get some new ideas.