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3 Healthy Grill Ideas

Hey Dads, looking for a reason to fire up the grill? Take charge of dinner and try out one of these tasty grill recipes:

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce:

What you’ll need:
  • 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 lemons zested
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 or a dash of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup plain full-fat yogurt (for sauce)
  • 1 English cucumber diced small (for sauce)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (for sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (for sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon dill (for sauce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare:
  • Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness. Trim off fat.
  • Make the marinade by whisking together lemon juice through red pepper flakes. Place chicken in a plastic bag and pour over marinade. Massage so all chicken is covered in marinade. Place in refrigerator for a few hours overnight.
  • Mix together all tzatziki sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Grill Chicken about 6-8 minutes per side or until meat thermometer reads 160°. Remove from grill and place under foil to rest.

Brie and Bacon Grilled Potatoes:

What you’ll need:
  • 4 large potatoes, brushed clean
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • 10 ounces creamy brie spread
  • Six ¼-inch thick slices peppered slab bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4 scallions chopped finely

How to prepare:
  • Poke holes all over the potatoes using a fork. Place them in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and let boil until fork tender, about 6-8 minutes. Remove and dry with a paper towel. You can refrigerate them at this point and save for the next day, just remember to bring them back to room temperature before continuing. Or, head directly to the next step to continue.
  • Once cool enough to handle or when the potatoes are room temperature from the refrigerator, drizzle olive oil all over the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes above the indirect heat of the grill, directly on the grill. If using a grill pan, use medium heat. Grill while rotating every 4-5 minutes until you've done a complete rotation on them all.
  • Using a knife across the top and center of each potato, make half-deep slices in each potato. Push the ends in towards the center to "open" the potatoes, revealing the steaming flesh. Top each with a few generous scoops of brie spread, top with bacon and scallions.


  • Coffee and Brown Sugar-Crusted Skirt Steak:

    What you’ll need:
    • ¼ cup finely ground espresso coffee (not instant)
    • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder
    • Pinch cayenne pepper
    • 2 ½ lb. skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    How to prepare:
    • Heat grill to high
    • Combine coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, white pepper five-spice powder, and cayenne in a bowl.
    • Remove steak from refrigerator and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Rub steak with oil, and sprinkle with rub. Massage rub into meat.
    • Grill until charred and medium-rare, (2-4 minutes per side). Transfer to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicking at an angle. Serve immediately.

  • Five Healthy Recipes That Will Be a Hit at Your 4th of July Picnic
    Looking for a new recipe to try out this 4th of July? Fire up the grill and try out these tasty side dishes that will surely make you the talk of the party!

    Black Bean-Smothered Sweet Potatoes
    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    What you’ll need:
    • 2 medium sweet potatoes
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
    • 1 medium tomato, diced
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 table spoons reduced-fat sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    How to prepare:
    1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. If cooking time is constraint, microwave potato on High approximately 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender all the way to the center. If you prefer an oven baked potato, place sweet potato in a baking dish and bake at 425°F for about an hour or until tender all the way to the center.
    2. While potato cooks, combine beans, tomato, oil, cumin, coriander, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on High approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until just heated through. If the microwave is occupied or you prefer stove-cooked meals, heat ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    3. Remove sweet potatoes and allow to cool. When just cook enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro
    Grilled Corn with Cheese and Lime
    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    What you’ll need:
    • 8 ears corn, shucked
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • Kosher salt
    • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese) or Feta
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 limes, cut into wedges

    How to prepare:
    1. Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the corn with the olive and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Grill, turning often, until tender and charred, 5-7 minutes.
    2. Sprinkle the corn with the cheese and cayenne. Serve with the lime wedges.
    Grilled Vegetable Salsa:
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    What you’ll need:
    • 1 cup store-bought refrigerated fresh salsa
    • 12 bell pepper (any color), grilled and diced
    • ½ medium red onion, grilled and diced

    How to prepare:
    1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high
    2. In a large bowl, toss the pepper, onion, and oil. Grill, turning occasionally, until tender and charred, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.
    3. Cut the pepper and onion into ¼-inch pieces and transfer to a bowl. Add the salsa and stir to combine.
    Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables
    Prep Time: 25 minutes
    What you’ll need:
    • 2 cups couscous
    • 6 zucchini and/or yellow squash (about 2 ½ pounds total), sliced ¼ inch thick
    • 1 large eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced ¼ inch thick
    • 1 quart cherry tomatoes (preferable on the vine)
    • 2 bunched scallions, trimmed
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • Kosher salt and black pepper
    • Spiced Chili Oil or store-bought harissa (North African chili sauce, found in the international aisle)

    How to prepare:
    1. Prepare the couscous according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and scallions with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
    2. Working in batches if necessary, grill the vegetables, covered, turning occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes for the eggplant and squash and 1 to 2 minutes for the tomatoes and scallions. Serve with the couscous and Spiced Chili Oil for drizzling.

    For dessert:

    Watermelon Fruit Pizza
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    What you’ll need:
    • ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large round slices watermelon (about 1 inch thick), cut from the center of the melon
    • 2/3 cup sliced strawberries
    • ½ cup halved blackberries
    • 2 tablespoons torn fresh mint leaves

    How to prepare:
    1. Combine yogurt, honey and vanilla in a small bowl
    2. Spread ¼ cup yogurt mixture over each slice of watermelon. Cut each slice into 8 wedges. Top with strawberries, blackberries and mint

  • Healthy Pregnancy
    Although baby fever might not be a real, diagnosable condition, it may still cross your mind often! Prenatal care is very important in developing a happy and healthy baby, but it is just as important to live a healthy lifestyle before conception. Here are some tips to consider before and during your pregnancy:

    Tips to stay happy and healthy before becoming pregnant:

    Make a plan:
    Even if you haven’t thought about having a baby recently, it may be something you want to consider later. Develop a plan and goals for yourself and your baby to help you stay on track with everything you need during your pregnancy.

    Speak with your doctor:
    If you are considering pregnancy, you should visit your local health care provider to discuss pregnancy risks and preconception health care. Your doctor can help you create a plan of action for the duration of your pregnancy. Discuss with your doctor any medical conditions you are experiencing that my affect your tiny tot. Some health risks to consider discussing are sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, thyroid disease, seizure disorders, high blood pressure, arthritis, eating disorders, and chronic diseases. Be sure to discuss your family history to help determine if you are more susceptible to any diseases or conditions.

    Maintain a healthy lifestyle:
    Your lifestyle behaviors may also affect your baby. Before considering pregnancy, you should reach and maintain a healthy weight. Exercising regularly and taking prenatal vitamins will help your body prepare for pregnancy. Also, consider taking Folic Acid along with your regular vitamins. Folic Acid helps create healthy new cells in your body, as well as help prevent major birth defects. The CDC recommends women take 400 micrograms of Folic Acid every day. If you smoke, use “street drugs”, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol you should stop immediately. Seek help if you cannot stop on your own. These activities may harm your baby and cause birth defects.

    Pay attention to your surroundings:
    Exposure to substances such as synthetic chemicals, metals, fertilizer, bug spray, and animal feces may affect your reproductive health and ability to produce healthy children. Instead, use non-toxic materials and personal care products and be sure to avoid any substances that could be harmful to you and your baby.

    Preconception health care is not just for women:
    Encourage your partner to live a healthy lifestyle as well. Having two healthy parents increases the chance that your baby will be healthy as well. Men and women may follow some of the same preconception tips, such as creating a reproductive life plan; preventing and treating any sexually transmitted diseases; stopping smoking and drinking excessively; avoiding toxic substances; and avoid using any drugs that may be harmful to the body. Factors such as type 1 diabetes, smoking cigarettes, heavy alcohol use, obesity, age, and diseases may affect a man’s ability to create healthy sperm.


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