And One, Not-So-Healthy Treat! #treatyourself
It’s finally Spring! If you’re like us, you are excited to get outside to grill and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Although many comfort foods may be calling your name, we don’t want to break our New Year’s resolutions this soon.
Eating healthy can be hard, but not because of the eating part. It’s not always easy to find new healthy recipes to cook that are actually exciting! So today, Synergy Outdoor Living is here with five healthy recipes you need to try out this spring*. And as a reward, one not-so-healthy treat! It’s all about moderation.
Ready to dine al fresco? Let’s see what to add to your menu!
#1. Grilled Stuffed Peppers
There are limitless ways to switch up a healthy meal, and stuffing vegetables is one of our favorites. Although this recipe focuses on peppers, if that’s not your thing you can feel free to try many other veggie variations, such as:
- Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms
- Grilled Stuffed Zucchini
- Grilled Stuffed Squash
- Grilled Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Grilled Stuffed Potatoes
Not only are stuffed veggies a simple and easy meal to make, but they are also super low carb. Aside from all the different vegetables to stuff, you can mix up what you stuff them with! These can be a staple food and a great way to incorporate more (grilled) vegetables into your diet.
#2. Grilled Salmon in Foil
Fish is one of the healthiest proteins you can cook, and salmon is one the most flavorful of the bunch. Cooking fish is much easier than you may expect. This dish is perfect for spring, with the light lemony flavor of the salmon, complemented with your choice of vegetables. May we suggest asparagus, perfect for the grill and even better wrapped in bacon.
#3. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Some people are picky eaters who don’t enjoy eating vegetables, but the truth is, how you cook the vegetables makes all the difference to how they taste.
Grilling veggies is a simple, easy way to bring out the very best flavors from any vegetable. After trying out these grilled portobello mushrooms, you may start throwing every vegetable you can buy on the grill just to see how it can transform the flavor!
This recipe brings out the best of the mushrooms with a basic marinade that enhances the umami flavor (means “savory” and is considered our fifth basic taste). Even better, clean-up is a breeze!
#4. Grilled Flank Steak Tacos
These delicious flank steak tacos are so easy to make in a pinch and will be sure to leave everyone satisfied.
Flank steak is a good option that won’t break the bank when you want to cook steak, but you’ll need to tenderize this cut with a flavorful marinade. This marinade brings out some great flavors for spring, with hints of citrus, garlic, and cumin. Pair these tacos with an ear of corn and chipotle-lime butter from our outdoor dining menu.
After grilling, don’t forget to let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. It helps lock in the juices and keeps the meat tender.
#5. Grilled Pesto Chicken Skewers
Nothing says spring like a nice Caprese salad, and these grilled pesto chicken skewers are no different.
Pesto chicken, grilled tomatoes, and seasoned mozzarella go together perfectly with a refreshing flavor perfect for dining outside on a spring evening. This dish may be light and healthy, but doesn’t feel like it at all! It’s sure to be a crowd favorite.
You Earned This: Grilled Berry Peach Pie
Did you just skip to the dessert? After all these healthy meals, it’s only fair we switch it up a bit with this delicious pie you can bake right on the grill. Gone are the days of a pie sitting on the window sill luring in the neighbors; grilling a pie right outdoors will have the whole neighborhood jealous!
Grill Up Something Sweet > How to Bake on the Grill
Get Grilling In Your New Outdoor Kitchen
Grilling outside is a great experience, in fact, you may wish you could bring the whole kitchen outside. Wish no more! Our expert outdoor kitchen designers can transform your patio or lanai into the outdoor grilling haven of your dreams.
From top-of-the-line grills to built-in kegerators, we can help you and your guests entertained for years to come! Call Synergy Outdoor Living today at 813-322-2137 to get a design quote for your Tampa, Orlando, or Jacksonville area home!
*All recipes courtesy of wellplated.com and crazyforcrust.com