10 Healthy Cookout Recipes for Summer

Whether you’re hosting or attending a cookout, it’s always nice to offer healthier options for yourself and others. Chances are, you won’t be the only one looking for lighter alternatives.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to crowd the tables with carrots and celery. Instead, let’s take some classic cookout dishes and put a healthy spin on them!

 

 #1 Teriyaki Turkey Burger with Pineapple

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut secret teriyaki sauce or Mrs. dash teriyaki marinade
  • 1 slice fresh pineapple

How To:

Mix together ground turkey, ginger, and ½ tbsp teriyaki

Grill burger on both sides

Add ½ teriyaki sauce on top

Grill pineapple and add to burger

Optional: serve with a low-carb bun or on a bed of rice

Serves 1

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

179 calories

26g protein

15g carbs

6g fat

 

#2 Teriyaki Shrimp & Veggie Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz shrimp
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp coconut secret s teriyaki sauce

 

How To:

Marinate shrimp in teriyaki sauce

Cut veggies to go on skewers

Layer shrimp and veggies making 4 skewers

Grill until meet and veggies are done

 

Serves 4

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

148 calories

29g protein

7g carbs

0g fat

#3 Grilled Chicken & Potato Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz raw chicken, cubed
  • 4 oz red or sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 c mixed veggies (red peppers, yellow squash, onion, zucchini), cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Season to taste with black pepper, garlic powder, and lemon pepper

 

How To:

Place meat, potatoes, and veggies in plastic bag

Add oil and seasonings, shake until coated

Alternate chicken, potatoes, and veggies on skewers

Grill 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through

Serves 1

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

305 calories

30g protein

23g carbs

5g fat

 

#4 Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 c quinoa
  • 1 c water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c green onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ c cilantro and black pepper to taste

 

How To:

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in saucepan

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed (about 10-15 minutes)

Whisk olive oil, lime juice, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl to make the dressing

Pour dressing over quinoa and stir to coat

Stir in cilantro and black pepper

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator

Serves 6

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

125 calories

4g protein

15g carbs

6g fat

 

#5 Roasted Zucchini and Squash

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste

 

How To:

Place sliced zucchini and squash in a large plastic bag with oil and spices

Shake bag to evenly coat

Place on a sheet of foil and tightly wrap around, completely covering

Grill until tender

Serves 4

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

68 calories

3g protein

7g carbs

4g fat

 

#6 Crisp Apple Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 12oz bag broccoli slaw
  • 1 apple, cut into bite sized pieces or julian pieces
  • ½ c red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c cilantro, chopped

 

How To:

Add all dressing ingredients into a small jar with a tight lid

Shake until evenly mixed

Add slaw ingredients to a large bowl

Pour dressing over top and toss to coat

Store in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before serving

Serves 8

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

148 calories

1g protein

6g carbs

14g fat

 

#7 Pasta Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz box whole wheat pasta
  • 1 c broccoli
  • ½ c cherry tomatoes
  • ½ c green onion
  • ½ c red peppers
  • ½ c italian dressing

 

How To:

Make pasta according to box’s directions

Cool and add remaining ingredients

Chill and serve

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

173 calories

6g protein

40g carbs

1g fat

 

#8 BBQ Twice Baked Potato

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz chicken
  • 2 tbsp low sugar bbq sauce
  • 1 small (4 oz) sweet potato
  • ¼ c no salt added black beans
  • 1 c veggies (peppers, onion, tomatoes), diced

 

How To:

Bake or grill chicken with bbq sauce

Bake or microwave sweet potato until tender

Slice potato open and mash with fork

Top with cooked diced or shredded bbq chicken, black beans, and veggies

Serves 1

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving without Topping

302 calories

31g protein

35g carbs

5g fat

 

#9 Burger Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz lean beef or bison
  • 1 slice tomato
  • ¼ c shredded lettuce
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 low-carb, whole wheat tortilla wrap
  • 1 tsp low sugar ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard

 

How To:

Grill burger evenly on both sides

Place in tortilla wrap

Add toppings

Serves 1

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

264 calories

29g protein

20g carbs

11g fat

 

#10 Grilled Chicken, Strawberry, and Pecan Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz chicken
  • 1 c spinach
  • ¼ c cucumber, diced
  • ¼ c onion, diced
  • 5 strawberries, diced
  • 1 oz no salt pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp raspberry vinagrette skinny girl dressing

 

How To:

Grill chicken then dice or shred

Mix spinach and veggies and top with chicken, strawberries, and pecans

Top with dressing

Serves 1

 

Nutrition Snapshot:

Per Serving

236 calories

36g protein

10g carbs

5g fat

 

Satisfy your hunger for delicious, fresh summer food and keep it healthy at the same time!

You no longer have to choose between healthy and tasty. Eat up!

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2019-05-15T12:48:54+00:00May 15th, 2019|Blog|

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