4 Foods to Grill this Summer

Summer is in full swing which means that it’s getting hot enough to make the devil sigh here in Baton Rouge.  But, on a positive note it also means that it’s that time of year to take advantage of the grill so that you don’t heat up the house while you cook. 

One of the best things that you can do for your own health and fitness is learn how to cook your own food. The grill is a great, low barrier to entry way to cook that requires very little skills and usually your food still tastes amazing. 

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Here are four of my favorite foods to grill during the summer. 

1.       Flap Steak or Skirt Steak.  Shocking I know, steak is amazing off the grill and I think that best cut of steak for the grill is either skirt steak or flap steak.  These cuts of steak are affordable, have amazing flavor, and make awesome carne asada (taco’s anyone?), fajitas, or are pretty tasty on their own too.  The trick when cooking these cuts is to get the grill ripping hot and cook them quickly.  Be careful not to over cook these cuts as they can turn to shoe leather quickly.

2.       Summer Squash.  Grilled Squash is amazing and super easy to prepare.  Simply cut the top and bottom off the squash then slice down the middle.  It can be helpful to salt the squash and let it set a couple of minutes to draw out excess moisture so that you get great color on your squash when you grill it.  I like to throw some Avec-Tou on mine but, you can season your squash with any combo of seasoning that you like.    

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3.       Corn.  If you haven’t had grilled corn you’re not living.  My favorite is street corn which is corn that has been grilled, brushed with butter, dusted with chili powder, and had feta or cojita cheese sprinkled over it.  Simply amazing.

4.       Peaches.  Grilled peaches are always a huge hit.  They are easy to grill and taste amazing with a bit of whipped cream.  Cut the peach in half, remove the pit brush with coconut oil and throw them cut side down on the grill for a couple of minutes until the natural sugars start to caramelize and you get those professional grill marks that always make you look like you know your way around a kitchen.  Enjoy them on by themselves (they’re really that good) or, if you like, serve with some whipped cream and a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction.     

What are your favorite foods to throw on the grill? Let me know in the comments below!

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