There is nothing better than grilling in the summer. When I think of summer I think of pool parties, the taste of crisp lemonade, and the delicious smell of grilling.
My favorite things to grill include: all kinds of meat and seafood, pineapples and peaches, and fresh veggies. I always think dieting is easier when you grill your food. Let’s face it, we all eat with our eyes first. Those grill marks automatically make anything more appealing, not to mention the flavor goes from 0 to 100.
Time to start grilling-
Fresh is ALWAYS best. Today, I bought fresh peppers, tomatoes, corn on the cob, cucumbers, and strawberries. Try and find local farmers markets. You can never go wrong with fresh produce MYLOOK: Dress | Lace Kimono Abercrombie and Fitch
There is a little bit of prep work to be completed prior to grilling, but it’s worth the extra 15 minutes.
- Corn on the cob- pull the husks all the way down but do not tear them off. Remove all the silk inside. Pull husks back up over corn. Place inside cold salted water for 10 minutes.
- Potatoes and Veggies- place on aluminum foil. Fold over the edges so you form a little wall. Spray on olive oil and add salt, pepper, fresh garlic, onion powder, and any other seasonings you like.
Time to Grill
Timing is key. First, place the corn right on the grill. These will cook on medium heat for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you turn them every 5-7 minutes. Next, place the potatoes on. These will cook just as long as the corn will. These should be completely covered with foil so they steam. Next, the peppers go on covered for 15 minutes. Lastly, the tomatoes go on uncovered for 5-7 minutes or until they start to burst. We also cooked lean flank steak and they took about 1-2 minutes on each side.
A bbq is not complete without a delicious summer cocktail. I like to use fruits that are in season and create concoctions out of them. This drink has 1pkg frozen orange juice, 5 cups pineapple juice, 5 cups orange juice, and diet sprite or ginger ale to top it off. I then add “no sugar added” Popsicles that are cut into cubes. You can also add coconut rum or pineapple vodka if you like.
Time to eat!!
One of my favorite summertime side dishes.. Tuna pasta salad.
- Boil 1 pkg pasta. Drain and put in ice cubes to cool down.
- Mix together 2-3 cans tuna, 2 cups light mayo, 1 tablespoon sweet relish, and scallions.
- Add tuna mixture to pasta. Add frozen peas. Add cheese cubes.
- Refrigerate overnight.
This sweet white wine is from one of my favorite wineries I discovered while living in Louisville, Kentucky: Old502 Winery
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Happy grilling 🙂