Healthy Grilling Ideas for Father’s Day

We love our dads, husbands, and grandpas – and we want them around for many years. So, what better way to show our love than with a healthy, grilled meal that he’ll adore?

Healthy Meat Options

Choose these options when shopping for a cut of meat:

  • Lean/extra lean ground turkey
  • 80/20 ground sirloin beef (96/4 is the leanest)
  • Turkey sausages/dogs
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Salmon, Cod, Mahi-Mahi
  • Steaks come in lean and extra lean
  • Eye of round roast or steak
  • Sirloin tip side steak
  • Top round roast and steak
  • Bottom round roast and steak
  • Top sirloin steak

Grill Those Veggies

Vegetables are an important source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that our bodies need. Now that new guidelines recommend that half a dinner plate be filled with fruits and vegetables, it is vital to incorporate as many veggies as possible. Here are some great guidelines for grilling dad’s favorite veggies:

  • Cut veggies equal in size so they cook evenly (although most veggies can be cooked whole)
  • Coating the veggies in canola or vegetable oil before putting them on the grill will eliminate them from sticking and enhance their flavor
  • Herbs burn, so wait to toss veggies with them until the end – and using salt and pepper before putting them on the grill will bring out their natural flavors
  • If you are making kabobs, choose veggies that have the same cooking time (potatoes and onions will not cook at the same time, leaving one burnt and one uncooked)
  • Sprinkle a little sugar on the veggies half way through grilling for a nice caramelized flavor the family is sure to love
  • If the weather is bad, get out the cast iron pan to use on the stove – it provides similar flavor to the grill

Grilled Desserts

My dad’s favorite course is dessert; he has always had a sweet tooth. Here are some healthier desserts dad can enjoy without all the guilt:

My dad is my hero and I look forward to celebrating Father’s Day each and every year with him. To all of the men out there who care for children – no matter what age – have a wonderful and Happy Father’s Day!

Photo credit: mary.w.e

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