With summer coming to a close, you want to soak up all the vitamin C you can while lounging by the pool. But wait, something’s missing. The smell of the grill cooking. You don’t want another hamburger or hot dog, though, because the summer body you worked hard for is aching for something fresh and clean to recharge. That’s why it’s time to dust off those cookbooks for something new to eat.
Cooking on a grill has many health benefits. For example, you consume less fat when grilling because most of it drips off the grates Instead of pooling in a pan. Also, vegetables retain more of their nutrients when grilled, and fresh veggies are typically easier to grill, making it even healthier.
Believe it or not, anything can be grilled. The list isn’t limited to fatty or processed meats. Try lean meats, veggies, whole grain breads, and even fruits. Wherever you can, it’s always good to substitute something unhealthy for something more nutritious.
Having certain tools make grilling hassle free. Always have a brush handy before you start grilling. It makes it easy to take off leftover debris from the last barbeque. Investing in a meat thermometer is also a must when you need to know when the meat is actually done cooking.
Grilling helps keep you in the action. Instead up being cooped in a stuffy kitchen, you can play outside with your children and socialize with guests while your food cooks. Daylight savings time ends on Nov. 4, so there’s still time during the day to relax outside while your meat smokes. Sitting down as a family is great, but interacting and exercising before dinner creates a closer bond.
Need help deciding which grill is right for you? Visit The Pool Store in Valdosta at 3363 North Valdosta Rd. or in Thomasville at 1616 Smith Ave. Can’t stop in? Give them a call at (229)247-6440 (Valdosta) or (229)227- 1194 (Thomasville).
Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon
Four 6-ounce salmon fillets Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1. Heat grill. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place on grill flesh-side down. Cook for 8 minutes, then flip and cook on other side until salmon is cooked through, 6 minutes more. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes.
2. While salmon is cooking, make sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add butter, lime juice, honey, and garlic. Stir until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Turn off heat and add cilantro.
3. After salmon has rested, poor sauce over salmon and serve.
Written by: Julie Jernigan