Veggie munching, summertime grillin’

In most parts of the country it is unofficially summer. Except where I live … in the Bay Area. It has been like winter around here: cool, rainy, wet, windy, not sunny.

So I am guessing my readers from everywhere except here have already done some grilling, been to a barbecue or are planning one very soon.

I have figured out a few ways to make those summer barbecues a little less scary when it comes to caloric intake.

When invited to a barbecue I have been known to take my own food with me to grill. A portobello mushroom is a great burger substitute. When you put the mushroom on the grill all the juices come out and it is absolutely delicious. The portobello is a meaty mushroom.

Boca burgers or Morningstar burgers work as well. I personally prefer the mushroom over the “fake” burgers.

I have also taken my own bread before. Two slices of Sara Lee Delightfuls are only 90 calories. Oroweat Sandwich Thins are 100 calories and are a good bun substitute.

For snacks you can have crunchy veggies with salsa or a little ranch or hummus or whatever. I talked about crunchy … Continue reading

Yummy, easy, healthy dinner

Curt and I had salad, veggies and grilled chicken for dinner.

Salad in a bag, we each have one we like. We eat that pretty regularly.

I grabbed a can of veggies from the pantry–not fresh, but that’s OK. (Not everything can be super fresh–I work and am tired when I get home from work. I want quick and easy.)

I marinated two chicken breasts in fat free Italian dressing. (Got the Italian dressing tip from my mother-in-law.) I probably marinated too long–so when cooking the chicken I had to cook longer than normal–the outside cooked much faster than the inside.

Cooked the chicken on the George Foreman grill. Man, that thing cooks easily and quickly. We cook beef, chicken and fish on the grill.

In the cooking class we took last week Julie mentioned that you really shouldn’t marinate your meat longer than an hour. I knew that for dinner tonight … Oh well. Lesson learned. The chicken was still rather tasty, just a little tough.

Anyway, it was a good dinner and rather healthy.

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