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Fire Up The Grill


By +Janice D'Agostino on May 27, 2011 10:00 AM in Recipes

"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" – Julia Child

For some of us the grilling season is just starting to go into full swing! Where I live, grilling is a year-round pleasure providing us with the opportunity to experiment with grilling just about everything and anything. Guests are eager to accept invitations when we announce that we are doing one of our entirely grilled meals – beautiful mixed grill centerpieces of beef or pork, chicken or fish, and shrimp are joined by a gorgeous array of vegetables with flavor and texture magically enhanced by simply cooking them outside; adding the sweet to the savory is stunning grill marked fruit their rich flavors deepened, the sweetness intensified by heat, and to complete the meal - grilled dessert!

If you are new to or want to learn more about grilling, check out About.com’s grilling help page, it’s a treasure trove of great advice for the novice or intermediate griller. One of the most important tips for grilling is to clean the grates well. That can mean the difference between deliciously sweet grilled pineapple or a pineapple with a bit of an odd fishy taste; try using the suggestions on About.com’s grill cleaning help page.

Fire up that grill and get cooking!

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Warm Wild Blueberry Sauce from The CC PalateThis makes a fantastic low calorie finish worthy of company. Grilling slices of angel food cake over coals creates beautiful crispy brown caramelized stripes on the outside and slightly softens the sugar spun insides. Spoon on a generous serving of warm blueberry sauce and await the applause as you take plain angel food cake to a totally new level of beauty and deliciousness and respect your caloric goal at the same time. Left over Warm Wild Blueberry Sauce can be refrigerated for a few days and used on anything you want - pancakes, oatmeal, cakes, ice cream, cheesecake, or eat it out of hand with a spoon.
Sheila’s Bird on a Wire with Cucumber Dill Sauce from The CC Palate - for a fun twist on the traditional skewer, look for the new flexible skewers! They can wind in and around any grilling obstacle and are perfect for Sheila’s delicious grilled chicken.
Grilled Packets of Vegetablescheck out another CC Palate poster Angela's suggestions for grilling your favorite veggies – you don’t need fancy barbecue paraphernalia if you have aluminum foil.
Grilled Pineapple from The Mindful PalateGrilled fruit, its natural sugars caramelized, the flavors deepened, and the sweetness intensified making grilled fruit the perfect sweet accompaniment for any grilled savory recipe and a satisfying addition to a meal for those of us counting calories.

Some of the best cooks in the world are here at Calorie Count expanding our cooking creativity beyond the typical use of an abundance of fat and sugar and are learning to create wonderful meals that are not only good for you but absolutely delicious as well. Eating delicious food while losing weight is so easy, especially with the support of your friends here at Calorie Count.

Your thoughts....

What are your favorite things to grill? Send me your favorite recipes I’d love to try them!



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That LOOKS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!



Great post with some interesting recipes.

Please take a few minutes to read up on heterocyclic amines. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cooked-mea ts

http://www.aapn.org/hca1.html

http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/fstr/14/2/14_169/_articl e



grilled pork with caramelized onions simply delicious



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marinated chicken breast, oh and cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, etc. on skewers.

Grilled steak tips are also very yummy, as well as bbq pork loin. Very lean but very tasty!



Grilled corn on the cob - I leave the ears unhusked and soak in water for a while before hand.  Put on the grill and turn the ears a few times until the outside of the husks are blackened.  Husk, eat.

Here's our favorite recipe in my arsenal.  It's not just our favorite recipe involving grilling, it's our favorite period.  Orzo with grilled asparagus and feta.  It's not low cal unless you exercise good portion control.



thank you for your nice comments and suggestions - thanks also to those that emailed me recipes!

Grilled pork (I love it brushed with bbq sauce) is a fave. Lamb chops marinated with a lot of herbs and things are a necessity (recipe at The Mindful Palate).

The most interesting suggestion so far was grilled avocado!

slice the avocado in half and remove the seed. Brush with lemon juice and your favorite oil, grill with the seed cavity down for 2-3 minutes with the lid closed. Turn the avocados over, fill the cavity with salsa (check the CC Palate for a great Pico de gallo recipe that posted today!), close the lid and grill another minute or two.

I will be trying this on Sunday!



Original Post by: ninav

Great post with some interesting recipes.

Please take a few minutes to read up on heterocyclic amines. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cooked-mea ts

http://www.aapn.org/hca1.html

http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/fstr/14/2/14_169/_articl e


Why is it you feel the need to ruin a fun article/topic with this unnecessary crap?



no worries sarahmowery, just continue the fun!



I grill everything I can.  I'm not even gonna lie. rain, shine, snow, whatever I'm gonna grill it if I can.

Saves me pots and pans from cleaning, and keeps me from adding unnecessary things like butter and such to cook the food items in. Grilled food tends to be fresh food, meaning less additives and calories. And mmmmmm, the flavor...

Also, you really CAN grill everything. From homemade pizza to standard meat and potato fair the possibilities are always endless.



Great first edition, Jannid! I'm looking forward to giving several of these a try.



These sound amazing! Sadly I don't have a grill...



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alchemical, I have a friend that loved my grilled Angel Food Cake so much and one day she just had to have it - but it was raining hard. So she made the sauce and toasted the cake in her toaster oven! The results were pronounced "Amazingly great!" If a recipe sounds good to you, think about ways to work around the lack of a grill. Give it a try!



Original Post by: sarahmowery

Original Post by: ninav

Great post with some interesting recipes.

Please take a few minutes to read up on heterocyclic amines. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cooked-mea ts

http://www.aapn.org/hca1.html

http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/fstr/14/2/14_169/_articl e


Why is it you feel the need to ruin a fun article/topic with this unnecessary crap?


"Rodents fed PAHs also developed cancers, including leukemia and tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and lungs (13). However, the doses of HCAs and PAHs used in these studies were very high—equivalent to thousands of times the doses that a person would consume in a normal diet."

"These studies support a biological association between HCA exposure and diet-related tumours but emphasise that information obtained from animal studies does not always reflect the situation in humans."

"The results from these studies support the importance of N-hydroxylation in the carcinogenicity of HCAs in non-human primates and by analogy, the importance of this metabolic activation step in the possible carcinogenicity of dietary HCAs in humans."

Basically she's spreading the word that EVERYTHING causes cancer. But you have to realize that all those studies done on mice and rats only show proof of concept, meaning those are TRANSGENIC animals they are using that are more susceptible to getting cancer in the first place. They are mainly testing to see if they have the right hypothesis about those genes that they are looking at figuring out their role in the system. So far they have NO IDEA how it affects the entire biological function within the rat/mice. That and our environment now is so polluted, we could be getting much higher concentrations of carcinogenic materials just by breathing the air. Just because a primate gets it does not necessarily mean that humans will get it. You forget that we do have several differing genes to compare.

 

So ninav, before you start getting paranoid, think it through. Humans are omnivores and in life, those that can eat almost anything will end up surviving to pass their genes to the next generation. You want to be vegan/vegetarian? Then that is your prerogative but don't force it on the rest of us.

 

I'll enjoy my cancer filled grilled meats now, thanks.



I too, enjoy grilled meats, aldallia. What is your favorite thing to grill?



To break in the new grill with friends, her husband grilled some whole corn with the husk intact but brushed it with butter and topped with salt and pepper to taste. It was FANTASTIC!! The husk keeps the corn from drying out and being too badly burned.



oh, we do something similar! We submerge the rinsed corn in the husk in a very salty water for anywhere from over night to all day. Then the corn steams in the husk on the grill. We never add anything to it, never seems to need butter.

It's one of our favorites! Thanks for the reminder, I'm going to add that to the list...even though it's not the good corn from where I grew up (which wouldn't be ready yet anyway). LOL!



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I use the grill several times a week. With two kids and a full time job, I utilize my freezer.  Take some chicken breast, add marinade to a ziploc bag (I like the teriyaki ginger type marinades) and freeze. Then, the night before I plan to cook, thaw in the fridge. Come home from work and throw on the grill. Great time, minimal clean up!!! The same works for any kind of steak- freeze in a marinade, thaw, and grill. 



freezing in the marinade is a terrific idea! Thanks for that tip!



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Original Post by: Alina_Davis

I use the grill several times a week. With two kids and a full time job, I utilize my freezer.  Take some chicken breast, add marinade to a ziploc bag (I like the teriyaki ginger type marinades) and freeze. Then, the night before I plan to cook, thaw in the fridge. Come home from work and throw on the grill. Great time, minimal clean up!!! The same works for any kind of steak- freeze in a marinade, thaw, and grill. 


Great idea!  I'm going to try this. 



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I lived in a partially furnished place for a couple of months and never bought any kitchen stuff.  We just grilled everything!  We had a cutting board, a couple of knives, two forks and a spoon we had to share.   Those were some of the best months of my life!

All time favorites:  Grilled asparagus, lightly coat with olive oil, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper, grill to crispy deliciousness!  Also grilled bell peppers, grilled corn on the cob, and grilled zuchinni!  Pretty much everything!

All grilled meat either marinated in BBQ, teriyaki, or Buffalo sauce!  Also, cilantro, garlic and lime juice works great on chicken for those looking for a low cal marinade.  Carne Asada marinade is also awesome.

Grilled Pizza!!  Get fresh pizza dough or make your own, roll it out and add all the toppings (my favorite is BBQ chicken with red onion and cilantro) then grill on two pieces of foil to the bottom doesn't burn.  Leave the top on the BBQ and you have a great little oven!

And don't forget the grilled pineapple for desert.  A small scoop of vanilla ice cream with this is insane.

I am so glad I live in California where we can grill all year round!  So hopefully eating a healthy diet will make up for the cancer risks of chard meat.  Think of all the toxins you are eliminating by removing processed foods and junk from your diet.  Grill master all the way!



I have never grilled pizza, but you are the second person that mentioned that and now I must!

If you love grilled asparagus, you might like Meganr's that I posted yesterday at The CC Palate - Orzo with Grilled Asparagus and Feta. Check it out!



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