Nothing says summer quite like a freshly grilled hot dog topped with the perfect squiggle of mustard. Ah, the long, lazy days of summer where schedules are thrown out the window and meal times become a little less hectic. What better time that to broaden your grilling horizons than trying something new? If you are tired of hot dogs and hamburgers, why not try grilling some vegetables or even fruits?  Here are a some fresh, healthy ideas to kickstart your brain and bikini horizons. Snap photos of your finished feast to share the summer with your friends!

 

Grilled Pasta Salad

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I love the simplicity of this recipe! No need to worry about exact measurements or ingredients.

  • Scour your kitchen for some veggies. Brush them with a little olive oil and grill on each side for 3-4 minutes.  Chop up into bite size pieces and set aside.
  • Boil your favorite whole wheat noodles. Drain once al dente and rinse with cool water.
  • Add in veggies. You can create a simple dressing using balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and some fresh herbs like oregano or basil.
  • Top with some diced avocado and shredded parmesan cheese

Let’s move on to the superstar of summer grilling…corn! Did you know that corn is super easy to grill and makes it taste even more amazing? When you boil corn, you strip it of its natural flavors. Throw some fresh ears on that grill and get creative. Here is an idea to get you started

Queso Grilled Corn

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Before grilling corn, bend husks back and remove silk. Wash ears gently then pat dry. Then replace husks and place directly on the grill

  • Grill corn for 25- 30 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes
  • Once ears are cooked, remove from heat and spread plain nonfat greek yogurt on the top of the cob
  • Sprinkle with salt, part skim cojita cheese and chili powder
  • Serve immediately

Grilled dessert?? You betcha! Some of the tastiest desserts are made over an open flame and this healthy banana treat is no exception. It can also be made with peaches or apples. Get creative!!

Honey Grilled Bananas with Coconut Ice Cream

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Slice bananas in half, keep the peel on when grilling.

  • Place bananas face down on grill for 3-4 minutes. Flip right side up and brush with melted honey. Allow peel side to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from grill and take peel off. Place on serving dish. Top with cacao sauce, coconut ice cream and some chopped peanuts.

Cacao Sauce

  • 1 TBSP raw cacao
  • 1 TBSP melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or agave
  • Mix together, drizzle over bananas

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream

  • 4 cups plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • coconut or vanilla extract
  • almond milk or water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Truvia baking blend

Mix the yogurt with the trivia in a medium bowl, add in extract to taste. Thin “ice cream” base out with either almond milk or water (should only take about 1/4 cup or so. you want the consistency to be that of a normal ice cream base). Allow to sit in fridge for at least an hour so that the stevia/sugar blend dissolves. Place in ice cream maker until soft set, about 20 minutes. Store any remaining leftovers in freezer.