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Healthy Food Ideas for a Clean Cuisine BBQ

With Labor Day and the last official cookout of the summer right around the corner, I figured I would pull together some healthy food ideas for a fun and flavorful outdoor BBQ. To me, the best BBQ food always centers around real simple cooking. And by real simple I mean barely any measuring, super fast prep and zero indoor cooking required.

When taking dinner outdoors, instead of complicating matters, I like to take advantage of super fresh produce to come up with ingredient combinations that are rich in flavor and nutrition. The truth is, the key to healthy food ideas for a BBQ (or any get together for that matter!) is produce-centered recipes. But when it comes to a BBQ, produce-centered dishes are a particularly good fit because they always taste right at home eaten outdoors on a paper plate.

Simple, Healthy Food Ideas for a Delicious BBQ

We recently took our boat and a small group of friends to Peanut Island, a teeny little dot on the map with plenty of public grills. The food below is what we brought along for our BBQ. Unlike a traditional “recipe”, you really do not need to measure the ingredients for any of these dishes. It’s really just a little of this and a little of that….

Wild Rice, Garbanzo & Cranberry Salad and Black Bean, Corn & Mango Salad

Black Bean, Corn & Mango Salad (see photo above): Combine rinsed and drained canned black beans, thawed frozen organic corn, chopped mango, chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, cumin, lime juice, unrefined sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Toss ingredients together and that’s all there is to it.

Wild Rice, Garbanzo & Cranberry Salad (see photo above): Combine cooked wild rice, rinsed and drained canned garbanzo beans, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, lemon juice, chopped parsley, chopped shallots, unrefined sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Toss ingredients together and your salad is done!

Clean Cuisine Basil Lemonade with Zero Refined Sugar

Grilled Asparagus & Carrots with Lemon Marinade (see photo above):  Combine fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, splash of Srirachi Sauce, unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper in a large zip top bag. Add asparagus and carrots and marinate for at least 30-minutes before grilling.

Turmeric-Marinated Chicken (or Tofu):  Combine turmeric, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, peeled garlic, paprika, coriander, unrefined sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a few pinches of coconut palm sugar in a large zip top bag. Add the chicken and marinate for 4 to 5 hours before grilling. Note: for the best-tasting BBQ chicken, be sure to pound chicken with a mallet and rub both sides well with unrefined sea salt before marinating.

Basil-Lemonade with Zero Refined Sugar (see photo above):  Along with “Whole” Watermelon Juice, lemonade is one of my favorite drinks for serving at a BBQ. But unlike traditional lemonade, I make this one with zero refined sugar. To get it just right though, measuring does help a bit with this particular recipe. Click HERE for my basic lemonade recipe and then just add chopped fresh basil (no need to measure the basil though!)

Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Wednesday 9th of September 2015

Wow! What a great healthy snack ideas! My favorite was the Black Bean, Corn & Mango Salad. I tried making this one with cheese and it tasted great! I better try making some of those, for sure they are easy to make. :)

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