Category Archives: Summer Grilling

‘Tis the season to tailgate! Or maybe for those who enjoy watching the games and grilling from the comfort of your own homes, “homegating!” Either way, food and fun are both on the menu. We’ve teamed up with The Big Green Egg® to bring you the ultimate grilling experience! Each week through September 28th, we are giving away large Big Green Egg® grills. For your chance to win one of these amazing prizes, head on over to Laura’s Facebook page … continued…

Great Grill Giveaway
Contests & Giveaways Homegating Summer Grilling

Jerk seasoning is widely known in Caribbean cooking, and it’s widely known as hot-hot-hot! I made this recipe milder, giving you the option of adding 1 to 2 hot peppers. You can buy plenty of prepared versions, but as with so many things, this is far better when made at home with fresh herbs and spices.   Note: For party appetizers, skewer one or two cubes of marinated beef onto shorter bamboo skewers and pass as small bites. Prep time: … continued…

Jerk Beef Skewers
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Homegating Summer Grilling

The flavors of a sizzling fajita come together with enormous success in this burger. Four tortillas make a nice substitute for a traditional burger bun to let these flavors really pop.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons oil 1 large onion, sliced 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch Salt 2 teaspoons chili powder Juice of 1 … continued…

Fajita Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Homegating Summer Grilling

I love food. Even the hot dog. Just make it a good hot dog! That said, sometimes, it’s all about the garnishes. I used the famous Chicago hot dog as a jumping off point to season and top this dish. I even shaped the ground beef to fit into hot dog bun. And if you can find the poppy seed buns, that would be another great way to honor the Windy City!   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: … continued…

Red Hots
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Burgers don’t always have to be served with a bun, right? Here, we wrap each burger up with a nice dollop of spicy mayo, some avocado and a slice of melting cheese, some shredded cabbage just for crunch—all in a flavorful tortilla. This is a taste and color sensation. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 6 to 8 minutes Serves 4   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round 4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chipotle en adobo, … continued…

California Burger Wrap
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I love it when I can cook an entire meal, start to finish, dessert included, on the grill. It means the house stays cool and we stay outside, lingering as the sun sets. And there is nothing easier than the grill cleanup: close lid, walk away. Right?   So here are five great ideas for grilling your desserts—and yes, every single one of them can be topped with some vanilla ice cream… or low-fat frozen dessert of your choice. 1. … continued…

Grilled Pineapple
Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Snacks Summer Grilling

Summertime is always salad time—this dish is a welcome easy dinner any time, but especially as it gets warmer. The marinade here is not so much for tenderizing (ribeye is plenty tender) but for flavor. 1 hour in the marinade is really plenty of time. Add some crusty bread to the table and dinner is done. Prep time: 15 minutes for the marinade, plus 1 hour for marinating Cook time: about 6 minutes Serves 4   For the marinade: 1/4 … continued…

Steak Kebabs with Greek Salad
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

This recipe is deceptively simple—that is to say it is simple to prepare and will be loved by everyone; one of the favorite types of meals in any busy family’s recipe rotation.   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: 6 to 8 minutes Serves 4   2 (8 ounces) Laura’s Lean Beef NY Strip Steaks 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 2 ounces blue cheese crumbles 1. Heat grill. When hot, cook steaks to desired degree … continued…

Panko Crusted Steak with Blue Cheese Crumbles
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

These little meatloaves cook as fast as any burger, and I encourage you to use the grill. I rely on my instant-read thermometer for these just to keep it simple—no guesswork involved. These can also easily be baked in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes if you don’t want to grill them; I suggest using a broiler rack if you oven-bake them. The sauce can be made 2 or 3 days in advance—if made in advance, cool, cover … continued…

Mini Meatloaves with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

I get so pleased to see herbs coming up in my garden or appearing in the markets with the arrival of Spring and warmer weather that I am always looking for ways to use them. Here, I just chop my favorites into the burgers, top with additional herby cheese and a sweet mayonnaise. These are great without a bun, but you can add one if preferred. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 to 7 minutes Serves 4   … continued…

Spring Herb Cheeseburger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling