Healthy Recipes for Your Next Cookout

healthy recipesAs the weather warms up, many of us will be inviting friends and family over and firing up our grills for a fun-filled cookout. That doesn’t mean you have to spend all summer eating greasy hamburgers or boring hot dogs. There are a lot of healthy recipes perfect for the grill! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Spiedini of Chicken and Zucchini with Almond Salsa Verde

This recipe from Cooking Light is so simple to prepare!  Cut up some chicken and zucchini, alternate them on the skewers and grill them up. Plus, the Almond Salsa Verde gives it a flavorful punch that’s sure to please your guests.

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

The Food Network has all kinds of great ideas for recipes on the grill, especially when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Remember, your plate needs some green on it! This is a great way to add veggies to any cookout.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

The grill is not just for burgers and chicken. This fish taco recipe comes from All Recipes. If you’ll recall, the FDA recently updated their food recommendations and one recommendation was to cut back on the protein, particularly for men. Many people say they don’t like fish, but I think you’ll find this recipe to be quite satisfying, especially the Chipotle-Lime Dressing!

Rosemary Shrimp Skewers with Arugula-White Bean Salad

If fish isn’t your thing, how about shrimp? Plus, every good cookout needs a salad! This recipe comes Fitness magazine. It has a lot of flavor and little fat. It’s perfect for a hot summer day.

Pork Chops with Quick Rhubarb Sauce

The Rhubarb Sauce certainly makes this dish a little different, but it’s sure to please. According to Eating Well, this recipe is low calorie, low sodium and a great option for those with diabetes.

Grilled Herb Scallops with Balsamic Syrup

Want to get fancy? This scallops recipe from Better Homes and Gardens is sure to impress your crowd. While the dish may look complicated, the marinade is actually pretty simple.

Grilled Eggplant With Ricotta Salata

You don’t just want meat and greens on your plate. You want lots of color on your plate! This recipe from Delish is a great way to round out your plate. Interesting tidbit, did you know that eggplant is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Just like the tomato.

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