The weather is warming up, which means it's time to fire up your barbecue and get grilling! Grilling is quick, doesn't leave many dishes, makes cooking for a crowd easy, and produces phenomenal food. Even better, grilling is one of the leanest ways to cook meat.
There's no need to fall off your diet during the summer months. Instead, grab some lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and throw them on a sizzling barbecue. Here are some of my favorite grill recipes. They'll bring mouthfuls of flavor and zest to your clean-eating spring and summer. Enjoy!
1. Grilled Steak, Onion, and Mushroom Arugula Salad
Need a low-carb, high-protein meal? Say no more! With this steak salad, you'll get all the protein you want without the carbs you don't. The arugula will also provide a big hit of vitamins A, K, and folate as well as some calcium and potassium. The best part, however, is the yummy Asian-inspired flavor!
2. Grilled Prawn and Peach Butter Leaf Salad
Prawns are a great source of clean protein. They're almost completely fat- and carb-free, making them a perfect ingredient if you're preparing for a contest. The sweet peach and honey flavors pair perfectly with the vitamins and minerals you'll be getting from the lettuce. Eat up!
3. Curried Chicken Kabobs
Chicken breast is a staple in any healthy meal plan, so it's probably already in your fridge or freezer. Instead of popping it in the oven like usual, try it in a flavorful kabob. The Greek yogurt adds some casein protein and the curry will provide some wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. Altogether, this recipe is a health win.
4. Grilled Kale, Pear, and Walnut Salad
Kale is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. It also offers a boatload of minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Add some healthy fats from the walnuts and some natural carbs from the pear and you're looking at a nutritional profile worth singing about. To make this a more complete meal, add some lean protein.
5. Grilled Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes
Grilled fish? What could be better? Not only is halibut chock-full of protein, but it's also a great source of those awesome Omega-3 fatty acids that seem to be missing from most of our diets. Top the halibut with your favorite herbs for a tasty treat.