Grill Your Dinner Tonight

Dinner,Featured Article,Healthy,In Season,Recipes,Summer
May 23, 2011

Weeknight grilling makes dinner quick, easy, and delicious when the weather turns sunny and warm.

Grilled Chicken
Photo by Mark Boughton/Styling by Teresa Blackburn

Your grill wasn’t made just for Father’s day and Forth of July cook-outs.  Celebrate the summer season nightly by getting your grill on with these three healthy and easy dinner ideas plus some recipes for simple sides to round out the meal.

Pork Chops and Applesauce: For a quick meal, buy pork that is no more than ¼-inch, as this will significantly reduce your grilling time. Marinate while you’re at work in a savory bath of olive oil, red vinegar and steak seasoning or whatever herbs strike your fancy (rosemary is always a winner with pork). Before grilling, be sure the rack is very hot, as you will want to sear each side of the pork for two minutes before turning down the heat. Serve with a traditional side of applesauce.

Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus and Rice: Shrimp is simple and quick to grill because it doesn’t require the use of a fish basket or a heavy marinade. To begin, skewer shrimp lengthwise to prevent curling, oil the grill to avoid sticking and cook for a couple minutes over medium heat. As for the asparagus, rub with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill.  Serve the pair over a bed of rice and you have a summertime meal fast.

Planked Grilled Salmon and Lemon-Thyme Polenta: Want dinner in 15 minutes flat? Rub a piece of salmon in salt, pepper, olive oil and spices of choice. Plank-grill the fish skin-side down for 10 minutes and serve with a quick-cooking polenta (Bob's Red Mill makes a great 5-minute polenta) seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon and a little fresh thyme.

-By Emily Arno

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