As temperatures outside begin to soar, you've got to ask yourself: "Why the heck am I standing in the kitchen cooking another chicken breast?" Take that chicken (or beef or pork or fish) outside and grill it! There is simply no tastier way to cook healthy protein-packed foods than placing them over an open flame.
If the only things you cook outdoors are steaks and hot dogs, you're selling the ultra-versatile grill short. Grant yourself permission to play with fire, then get ready to channel your inner grill master. These flame-licked recipes are healthy enough to make sure the six-pack you have this summer isn't just the one in the cooler.
1. Salmon Burgers With Sweet Potato Wedges
A punchy, pesto-infused yogurt sauce sets this dish apart from the standard-variety grilled salmon. For a healthier, unfried version of a burger's best friend, grill up these sweet potato wedges for some quality complex carbs and a big dose of antioxidants.
Parboil the wedges in a pot of water just until slightly tender, and the insides will finish cooking on the grill before the outsides are completely charred. The salmon patties can be formed up to two days in advance if chilled.
2. Beer Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is often overlooked when it's time to fire up the grill. That's too bad, because it's an excellent source of lean protein that'll show your muscles some love—and it's less likely to dry out on the grill. To feast on safer meat, marinate it in beer for at least 4 hours (to avoid creating harmful compounds), tenderize the meat, and lay the foundation for a stellar finishing sauce.
3. Tofu Steaks With Blistered Tomatoes
Grilling is not for meat alone. Tofu will get your salivary glands fired up when infused with the smoky essence of the grill. Sending cherry tomatoes to the flames makes them an even sweeter addition to this nutritious dish.