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National Grilling Month

National Grilling Month

It’s National Grilling Month, and we’ve got healthy grilling recipes to help you make the most of your grill before summer is over.

First up is the perfect easy summer side, Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette. 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

 

These Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Balsamic Grilled Peaches make for a refreshing summer meal.

 

Add some heartiness to your salads and dinners with these Umami Grilled Tomatoes.

Umami Grilled Tomatoes
Image and Recipe via Saveur

 

These 20-Minute Tomato-Basil Grilled Fish Foil Packets are a quick and simple weeknight dinner:

20-Minute Tomato-Basil Grilled Fish Foil Packets
Image and Recipe via The Scrumptious Pumpkin

 

Skip heavy appetizers and make these Grilled Blossom Onions at home instead.

Blossom Onions Grilled and Planked with Red Pepper Aioli

 

These Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for meal-prepping lunches.

Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 

Start off your dinner right with these Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Lemon Aioli.

Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Lemon Aioli
Image and Recipe via PBS

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

It’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and with in-season summer fruits and veggies and grilling season upon us, it’s time to make them a part of healthy meals.

First up, Grilled Veggie Kababs that are perfect with whatever you throw on the grill.

Grilled Veggie Kebabs with Creamer Potatoes & Tofu

Whip up this Loaded Veggie Salad with Chickpeas and Black Beans for a picnic.

Loaded Veggie Salad with Chickpeas and Black Beans Image and Recipe via Pip and Ebby

 

Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles will be a great cool treat all summer long.

Strawberry Mango Chia Popsicles

This Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken in Foil is an easy, all-in-one summer dinner.

Grilled Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken in Foil

Make this 4-Ingredient Fruit Salad Pineapple Boat for an impressive and easy party dish.

4-Ingredient Fruit Salad Platter and a Pineapple Boat

Light Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad will be delicious at your summer BBQs.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
Image and Recipe via Salt & Lavender

 

Easy Balsamic Grilled Vegetables with Goat Cheese will be your new go-to side dish.

Balsamic Grilled VegetablesImage and Recipe via NeighborFood

Healthy Grilling Together

Healthy Grilling

For National Grilling Month, this week in food, we focused on healthy grilling.

First up, grill any veggies like a pro:

Grill Veggies Like a Pro

 

Keep portions of a steak dinner in check with these Grilled Steak, Potato, and Mushroom Kabobs.

Grilled Steak, Potato & Mushroom Kabobs

 

Grill smoky Thai Chicken Zoodles for a light summer dinner.

Thai Chicken Zoodles

 

Spice up your dinner plans by grilling something with the perfect rub:

Dry Rub Mixes
Image and Recipe via She Knows

 

Looking for an alternative steak dinner? Grill Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri.

Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

 

Make it a party with build-your-own Mini Grilled Pizzas.

Mini Grilled Pizzas
Image and Recipe via tbsp.

 

These Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy gameday treat.

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Image and Recipe via Joyful Healthy Eats

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Grilling Safety with a Crowd

Grilling Safety

July is National Grilling Month, and it’s also the peak month for grill fires. Do you know grilling safety?

In 2014 alone, 16,600 patients went to the ER from grill injuries.

Avoiding Grilling Injuries

 

These tips can help you grill safely:

 

Not cleaning the grill is the leading factor in 1/5 of structures catching fire from a grill.

Grill Maintenance

 

Leaks or breaks were a factor in 11% of grill structure fires and 23% of outdoor grill fires.

Take Care of Your Grill

 

Gas grills contribute to more home fires than other grills, so grill just as carefully with them!

Griling for a Crowd

 

Are you taking a portable grill with you? Know how to use it safely!

Grilling On-the-Go

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Grilling Recipes for Get-Togethers

Healthy Grilling Recipes

This week, we helped get you ready for summer with a batch of healthy, easy grilling recipes.

First up is a simple vegan and gluten-free Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad.

Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Whip up these vibrant Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa for a healthy supper.

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

This Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob is a tasty BBQ side dish.

Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil is your new easy summer go-to meal.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil

 

These Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas are light and perfect for lunch or to share.

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

 

Put together refreshing Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers for a quick dinner.

Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Image and Recipe via What2Cook

 

These Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches are the dessert your grill’s been waiting for.

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches

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Homemade Healthy Kebabs

Healthy Kebabs

This week in food, we gave you recipes for a summertime favorite, healthy kebabs. They’re good for more than grilling, though!

First up was an Olive Kebab that is a quick and easy appetizer for any get together.

Gobble Up Olive Kebabs for Easy Appetizer

 

Cooking these Grilled Salmon Kebabs with lemon really makes sure you get that flavor in every bite.

Grilled Salmon Kebabs

 

These Grilled Pineapple Ham Kebabs are as easy as ordering in that Hawaiian pizza, and much healthier.

Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs Recipe

 

Skip fried food on a stick and try something fresh like this Chef Salad on a Stick.

Chef Salad On-a-Stick

Chef Salad: Food on a Stick

 

These Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebabs are the perfect blend of your favorite summer flavors.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabob
Image and Recipe via Grit

 

Looking for a quick, kid-friendly snack? These Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites are perfect for any age.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
Image and Recipe via Heat Oven to 350

 

Make Low Country Boil Kebabs for a complete, comfort food meal in no time.

Country Boil Kabab

Low Country Boil Kabobs

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Flaming Hot

Hot Enough

There’s a good reason to make sure you’re always cooking your meat to the right temps: foodborne illness.

Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is when you eat or drink foods that are contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or even poisonous chemicals. There are more than 250 different foodborne illnesses. The top 5 are the most dangerous.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Food poisoning is rare and not that serious.

Facts:

Foodborne Illness Stats
Statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Myth: I will know if I have food poisoning.

Facts: Food poisoning is often blamed on things like “a stomach bug,” but it can have many symptoms.

The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. You could experience all of these or just one. It really depends on what caused it.

Myth: This happened because my food was dirty.

Facts: There are lots of reasons this can happen.

Fresh fruit and veggies can be contaminated if they’re washed in tainted water or touched by unwashed hands or sick people who help process the food.

Some healthy animals have certain kinds of bacteria to help their digestion. These can come in contact with the meat you eat during processing. Salmonella, one of the most dangerous foodborne illnesses, can infect a hen so that its eggs are infected from the start.

Leaving raw food to thaw out of the fridge or leaving cooked food out for too long, like at a potluck or BBQ, can let bacteria grow.

Food coming into contact during cooking with raw meats or dirty cutting boards and knives can spread the bacteria to things that were clean!

What Should I Do?

First, make sure you’re washing your fruits and veggies after you buy them and storing things safely.

Heat can kill bacteria, so always make sure you cook your food to the right temperature. You can do this by using a food thermometer.

Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the food, but it shouldn’t be touching bone or fat. Check the temp toward the end of cooking but before you think it will be done. And make sure to clean it well with hot, soapy water between each use.

Use these handy guides to cook and grill your food to safe temperatures:

Meat & Poultry Temperature Guide
Image via Food Network

 

Grill Master Guide
Image via Visual News

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