If you're looking for healthy summer meal ideas, invest in a grill. Not only are barbecued foods delicious, but they are also good for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meat is much healthier when it is grilled rather than fried or baked. Here are some simple recipes based on outdoor cooking.
Kebabs are a healthy, easy-to-make summer meal. Cut steak, chicken or pork into cubes and thread the meat onto a skewer along with some cut-up vegetables, such as bell pepper, onion, cauliflower and mushrooms. Marinate the kebabs overnight in your favorite dressing, then cook on a covered grill for five to 10 minutes, or until the meat is done. Serve with rice for a filling, heart-healthy dinner.
Flattened Whole Chicken
Roast a chicken on a grill and make it a low-fat centerpiece of a summer meal. Cut the backbone out of a whole chicken and flatten the bird with a cast-iron pan. Stuff the cavity with halved lemons and marinate the chicken overnight in oil, vinegar and fresh herbs. To cook, place the bird on an uncovered grill and sear each side for seven minutes, or until the skin is crisp. Reduce the heat and cook covered for an additional 60 to 75 minutes. Serve it with a sliced tomato, onion and mozzarella cheese salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
Summer meals from the grill don't have to be limited to lunch and dinner. Grilled fruits are a great start to making a healthy breakfast. Briefly marinate thick slices of pineapples, pears, peaches and mangoes in orange juice and grill them on each side for two minutes. The fruits' natural sugars will caramelize and make them a wonderful addition to a bowl of oatmeal or a short stack of fiber-rich pancakes.