Sunday, 27 June 2010

Throw another shrimp on the barbie

What a glorious weekend, other than the football result, and alot of people were making the most of it and having bbqs. I love a good bbq - sunshine (hopefully), great food and good company - however they can easily turn into a saturated fat fest. So how can you make a bbq healthier without compromising on taste?

- Make your own burgers with lean mince, onion, herbs and egg or buy some ostrich burgers, a much leaner red meat than beef and also v tasty. Londoners can pick these up on a Friday from borough market.

- Add salsa and freshly sliced tomatoes and onions to add flavour to burgers instead of sugar loaded ketchup or brown sauce.

- Remember meat isn't the only protein you can bbq - king prawns and whole fish can all be barbecued making a great tasting healthy option and the metal barbecue cages you can now buy make it a lot easier.

- Don't forget your veg - don't just serve up the usual watery iceberg, make a colourful greek salad and bbq some corn on the cob. It's also super easy to make veggie skewers with chopped peppers, sliced courgettes and onions tossed in a little olive oil (liven up by adding herbs and/or minced garlic).

- Use chicken breast instead of pork or lamb when making skewers. Chicken breast can be dry but you can easily add moisture and flavour by using a marinade. Here's a super easy marinade recipe that I like to use on cubed chicken breast:
Quantity for four chicken breasts cut in 1 inch chunks:
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp grainy mustard
Mix all the ingredients well and use to marinade the chicken for 15mins-8 hours according to how much time you have. Bbq the chicken on skewers and always check a cube is done (not pink in the middle) before you serve.

And if the heavens open or you don't have a bbq to use just throw it all on the George Foreman grill and enjoy an indoor bbq!

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