The warm weather is made for grilling! Because it’s too hot to cook indoors, it’s best to cook every possible meal off the grill. That doesn’t mean you have to eat hamburgers and hot dogs for the next few months. Nope, the grill is good for so much more.
Here are some of my favorite summer grilling cookbooks! Enjoy, and happy grilling!
Are you ready for bathing and beaches?
If not, you might try to replace a heavy meal with a light one and add these amazing and healthy bathing suit beverages.
Try some healthy, vitamin and anti-oxidant rich fruit and vegetable juices to give yourself, your body and even your brain a boost. Here are my favorites and yes, I do include water (always an excellent choice) but you may also find some new juices to try.
Here’s my “love these juices” list:
- Pineapple Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
- Peach juice
- Pomegranate juice
- Plum juice
- Kiwi juice
- Tomato juice
- Vegetable juice
- Grape juice
Watch here to learn more about my favorite summer juices:
½ cup applesauce
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
½ cup unsweetened cranberry juice
½ cup unsweetened apple cider
¼ cup artificial sweetener
1 (1 inch) lemon rind strip
4 cups sliced peeled golden delicious apples
2 cups firm Anjou pears, cored and cut into ¼ inch thick wedges
3 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream
Preheat oven to 400°F
- To drain applesauce, spread onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula. This drains the applesauce.
- Combine cranberries, juice, cider, sweetener, and rind in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in applesauce.
- Combine the apple and pears in an 11×17 inch-baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with the cranberry mixture. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until fruit is tender, basting occasionally with liquid from dish. Serve with ice cream.
Makes: 4 servings
4 (1-inch thick) peeled fresh pineapple slices
2 tablespoons apricot preserves – no sugar added
1 teaspoon artificial sweetener
Dash of ground cinnamon
1 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
- Place pineapple slices on a broiler pan. Brush pineapple slices with preserves; broil 6 minutes or until bubbly.
- Combine sweetener and cinnamon, and sprinkle over pineapple.
Serve warm with one scoop of vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt.
Makes 1 serving.
Frozen yogurt for breakfast—divine decadence! You could also try this extraordinary breakfast with fresh strawberries and strawberry jelly, fresh raspberries and raspberry jelly!
4 large baking apples, cored
½ cup raisins
1 orange, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons orange zest (grated orange rind)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Place the apples in a nonstick baking pan.
- In a bowl mix the raisins, orange, cinammon and zest and fill each apple cavity with the mixture. Drizzle a little water over each apple and pour the remaining water into the bottom of the baking pan.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the apples are tender. Serve hot or cold.
Makes 4 servings. Serving size: 1 stuffed apple
A Little Soul Food
The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.
Now that fall is here, there is nothing better than hot, steaming fruit and to make it even better, I love to add a generous dollop of ice cream. Wait. That’s not all – I don’t wait for dessert, I enjoy this fall fruit taste and texture sensation for breakfast! Now you can to – go ahead and try it. Here’s the recipe
2 large baking apples, seeded and sliced
1 large orange, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 large ripe pear, seeded and sliced
¼ cup water
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large nonstick skillet combine the fruit, water, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for 5 minutes until frut is tender. Serve hot with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Makes 6 servings Serving size: 1 cup
By the way you can use any combination of fruit you like!
Rise and Shine Super Snack: Whole fruit high in fiber is a perfect start to your day.
Breakfast: Breads, cereals, waffles, fruits and more for lots of complex carbs, fresh fruits, whole grains, and dairy.
Morning Super Snack: Calcium rich yogurt, cheese and more helps gives you strong bones and that slender shape you want.
Lunch: Salads, sandwiches and more—and don’t forget the soups for added nutrients and to keep you feeling full.
Afternoon Super Snack: Protein power in lean meats and dairy to keep you feeling full and satisfied until dinner.
Dinner: Food you love, fast and convenient—take advantage of all the goodies in your grocery store.
Bedtime Super Snack: Your bedtime snacks can be sweet or savory but try to keep them around 100 calories
Bonus Super Snack: Attack of the munchies snack is any 100 calorie snack you like – try nuts or yogurt or even a small square of very dark chocolate