When ever summer time rolls around, I get really excited. Summer is the time when my family dusts off the grill, get some great meat, veggies, and fruit from the store, and start having some outdoor fun.
Instead of grilling the standard items, like burgers, corn on the cob, hot dogs, and chicken legs, I decided to try new dishes, mixing together unconventional ingredients to create some really delicious dishes that are sure be a hit. Not only are these recipes super yummy, but they are also good for you.
So let’s get started with the main dish.
Grilled Salmon with Mango, Pineapple, and Strawberry Salsa
4 tsp olive oil (in a bowl)
3-4 6 oz salmon fillets
2 1/2 tbs paprika
2 tbs sea salt
2 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs fresh cracked black pepper
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tbs dried oregano
*Mix all spices together
3/4 cup small diced pineapple
3/4 cup small dices mango
1/2 cup small diced strawberries
1/4 cup small diced red onion
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (optional)
2 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
*Mix ingredients together in a bowl, cover with plastic and let marinate for about 20 minutes.
Brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil. Evenly season both sides of the salmon with the
spice mix. Place fish on the grill (or griddle) and cook for 6 minutes. Flip it over and cook for another 3 minutes. Turn over once more and cook for 2 minutes or until it is done to your desired specifications.
Serve with a few spoonfuls of salsa on top. So delicious!
If you do not like salmon, use grilled chicken breast instead.
Now for the sides…
Grilled Vegetable Platter
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs honey
4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
dash of sea salt
1 pound fresh asparagus
1 medium yellow pepper (cut into strips)
1 medium red pepper (cut into strips)
1 medium green pepper (cut into strips)
I medium yellow squash (cut into 1/2 in. slices)
1 medium red onion (cut into wedges)
In a bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Take 3 tbs of that mixture and put inside of a large resealable plastic bag. Add the all of the veggies in the bag. Seal the bag and make sure to coat the mixture all over the veggies. Let marinate for about 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.
Place veggies on a grilling grid or griddle. Grill veggies while covered over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until crisp and tender. Turn occasionally
Place veggies on large serving platter and drizzle with remaining marinade.
This is very tasty either by themselves or served with a meat entree.
And last, but not least- dessert…
Grilled Fruit Salad With Creamy Topping
2 peaches, halved with pit removed
3 nectarines (or plum), halved with pit removed
2 bose pears, halved, cored and stemmed
1 pink grapefruit, halved (optional)
Dash of freshly cracked black pepper
2 tbs basil (fresh, finely chopped or dried)
2 tbs mint, finely chopped
2 tbs fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop strawberry (or vanilla) whey protein powder
30g ripened goat cheese (optional)
After halving the fruits, place face up on the cutting board and sprinkle with the freshly cracked black pepper. Place fruits face down on the hot grill (or griddle) and cook until they get the grill marks or a dark brown crust (about 3-5 minutes). Remove from grill and place on cutting board. Cut fruit into bite sized pieces, leaving a few pieces of pear cut long ways for garnish. Place in medium bowl.
If adding grapefruit, use a teaspoon to remove the flesh from the grapefruit and add to the bowl of fruits. Add in basil and mint and thoroughly combined the fruits and spices. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the Greek yogurt and protein powder (and cheese). Mix until there are no more lumps and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Divide the fruit into 4 serving bowls and spoon on the creamy topping. Don’t be scared of this recipe, it’s like a party in your mouth!
So now that the grilling is all done and there is still a great deal of daylight left, take advantage of this time to do some fun activities, that will not only burn a few calories, but will also get you active.
Go Bike Riding
My husband and I usually take the kids out for a bike ride around our neighborhood park. The kids love the fresh air and we all get to spend a little quality time together. Before we know it, we’ve trekked over 5 miles and burned about 700 calories or more in about two hours.
Biking works the upper body, legs, quads, glutes and calves, so if done regularly, you may end up having that killer summer bod you have been longing for (if incorporated within your regular workout routine).
Fun in the Sun
Spending the day at the pool is great way to participate in a little cardiovascular, low-intensity fun activity with the family. With games like Marco Polo, dive to the bottom of the pool to get the random item that sank, splashing each other, swimming back and forth countless times across the pool, etc. Throw in a couple of arbitrary laps, jumping jacks or sprints and you’ve burned 1500 calories in about five hours.
Pool exercise/activities are low impact on your joints, increases your endurance, and strengthens and tones muscles as water provides a resistance equal to the effort you put in.
Take a Hike
Taking a hike or a brisk walk with your mate and/or family, is a great time to talk about what’s going on each other’s lives while burning about 250 calories per hour. Long walks have also been known to create intimacy between couples, creating a time and place to connect in a stress-free environment.
The best time to go for a vigorous walk in the summertime is usually in the early morning or right at dusk. Those times of day are the most coolest and you will be less likely to feel fatigue from the sun, rather than the actual walk.
Let me know your fave summer recipes and activities with the fam!