Barbecues – Week beginning Monday 12th August 2019

  • With summer upon us, and the bank holiday looming, I know many of you are enjoying the opportunity to have a barbeque.
  • We have spoken about barbeques before but some of us are still making the same old mistakes so this is just a friendly little reminder.
  • If your first thoughts are high-calorie, high-fat sausages and burgers - don't fret! Chicken, fish, vegetables and even fruit are delicious cooked on the barbeque.
  • Barbeques are a great way to cook as all of the fat from the meat drips into the coals below. Just avoid adding extra fat with sauces and cheese after they’re cooked.
  • Buy reduced fat versions of burgers or sausages or if you’re feeling creative then make your own.
  • Have lots of salad and accompaniments; beetroot, pickles and bean salads.
  • Limit yourself to one plate of food.
  • Have a lighter lunch if you know you’re going to a barbeque in the evening.
  • Use a marinade to add flavour rather than adding sauces and cheese.
  • When it comes dessert have sorbet with lots of fresh fruit.
  • Try to add some sort of activity to your barbecue so you burn off calories – a game of rounders is always fun.
  • Kebabs - Halloumi is a popular vegetarian substitute for meat, which is very easy to cube and ideal for kebabs! Alternatively look out for cubed chicken breast, prawns or lean meats. The beauty with kebabs is that your imagination is your limit - most vegetables, and some fruits too, are delicious combined with tofu, poultry, seafood or meat.
  • Try cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, peppers, courgette or aubergine (cut into ¼ inch cubes), pineapple chunks, apple slices... whatever takes your fancy!
  • Simply put your chosen combination onto skewers, brush with a little olive oil, or find a reduced calorie marinade, and grill over the BBQ until the meat is cooked and tender and the vegetables are roasted and charred around the edges.
  • Note: If using wooden skewers don't forget to pre-soak them for 30 minutes to avoid the ends burning whilst cooking!
  • Salmon - This is excellent alternative to meat and ensures you are getting one of your portions of oily fish.
  • Mushrooms, Sweetcorn, Asparagus, Aubergines and Potatoes – these don’t have to be served in salads; they can all be cooked on the BBQ too.
  • Bananas – these can be cooked on the BBQ too to produce a yummy pudding.
  • Remember to watch out for - salads covered in dressings/mayonnaise; white bread rolls/baps; anything with pastry; using alcohol to quench your thirst; high fat and high sugar desserts!