With the behemoth burgers and loads of mayo-based sides, the extra weight seems almost inevitable, right? Wrong. With a few swaps you can have all of the grilling fun without the weight gain.
Easy updates or additions to your regular menu can make all the difference. Add in healthy fishes like salmon or tuna, or lighter meats like lamb and chicken, for equally delicious yet not so heavy summer dinners.
We've gathered our five favorite grill-ready recipes that will keep you bathing suit set all summer long. Let us know how you keep summer barbecue season healthy in the comments below!
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Grilled Salmon Wrapped in Lemon and Bay Leaves
With the help of a large grilling basket, this simple fish dish is transformed into a flaky, seasonal treat. Feel free to up the lemon for an extra refreshing kick.
Brined Grilled Chicken Breasts with Red Chile Oil
When preparing chicken for the grill, it is important to give the meat a good brine beforehand. This spicy recipe provides a perfect pre-bbq soak with loads of amplified chile flavor.
Grilled Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Curry Spices
Lamb is a great alternative to beef during grilling season and will bring flavors of the Mediterranean to any backyard bash. With the added flavors of garlic and curry in this recipe, guests will be transported to another foodie realm.
Grilled Whole Sea Bream with Chile Glaze
Grilling up a whole fish is a must-try during barbecue season. In this Asian-style dish, sea bream or striped bass is first marinated in fish sauce and chile before being flame-kissed to dinner perfection.
Seared Romaine Spears with Caesar Dressing
An interesting take on the summer salad, this recipe includes lightly grilled romaine hearts at its base. For a lighter take on the salad dressing, simply cut down on the mayo or substitute with plain yogurt.