Healthy Summer Cooking Tips
As the weather starts to get nice and warm, one of my favourite methods of cooking in the summer is barbecuing or grilling. Every time I go for a walk with my husband and my dog, and we smell someone barbecuing, I always say to my husband, "do you smell that, mmmm, that's the smell of life!" It's so true, isn't it?
Grilling smaller portions of lean meats, fruits and vegetables are an easy way to enjoy cooking outdoors in the summer. One cooking tip that I try not to do is piercing your meats while barbecuing. When you pierce the meat, the juices from the meat drip onto the coals and can cause flames which increases the possibility of burning your meat. This is something you want to avoid as the charring (or the burn) form cancer causing properties. So, if you do have some larger burnt pieces, just simply remove it. I learnt this from a nutrition information session for cancer patients that I attended years ago and thought, "oh know, that tasty crunchy char is not good for me!" Darn it! Well, best to know now, right!?
Another cooking tip and great way to get your barbecuing in this summer is try grilling fruits and vegetables. Yes, pair fruits and/or veggies with meats. You can make kebobs with cubed salmon and mango or turkey burgers with pineapple. Attempt to get some beautiful colours into your summer meals by adding a variety of fruits & veggies that grill nicely. So, try grilling red & green bell peppers, sweet onions and zucchini. Lightly brush them with oil and place them on the grill. It doesn't take fruits & veggies long to cook as they are so simple to prepare, but yet tasty!
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