There’s something about a BBQ that makes everything taste extra special, whether it’s something simple for a dinner or having people over for a bigger spread. The aroma of food cooking on the BBQ makes everyone hungry (and happy!).
There’s no reason why a BBQ can’t be a healthy way to eat.
- It’s easy to make burgers and they are far healthier than frozen shop bought ones. Shop bought burgers usually contain a lot of additives and very little lean meat. The next best option to making your own is to buy them from a reputable butcher. See recipe links below.
- Buy good quality meat, chicken or fish. Buying poor quality meats sets your BBQ on the back burner before you even start to cook.
- If sausages are on your menu, choose good quality ones over cheaper versions which contain a long list of ingredients, few of which are meat.
- Most meat and fish benefit from a marinate. I generally use olive oil and lemon or lime juice and make fancier versions for special occasions. See the recipe links below for more ideas. Good quality meat, fish or chicken don’t benefit from shop bought marinades, which contain a lot of sugar and very unhealthy additives.
- Two of the most unhealthy items at BBQ’s are burger buns and sweet fizzy drinks. These can be replaced with salads and baked potato. A Kilner water jar with a tap is ideal for parties and BBQ’s. Add cucumber and herbs or fruit and ice to water to make refreshing drinks which are on tap all day. A large water jug or wide necked bottle work well too.
Some BBQ Recipe Suggestions
- Best Beef Burgers
- Lamb Koftas
- Chicken Skewers
- Beetroot Salad
- Light Vegetable Feta Salad