9 Foods Fit for a Healthy Barbecue
Teriyaki-Grilled Chicken1 of 10
Not all barbecued proteins need to be served on a bun. The gluten-free folks will thank you for making this teriyaki-grilled chicken. The Asian chili sauce and ginger add a bit of spice, and the teriyaki sauce provides the sweetness. It only needs to marinate for 20 minutes, and it cooks in about 8.
Southwestern Quinoa Cakes2 of 10
Rich with quinoa, black beans, mushrooms and red-bell pepper, these meatless patties can be served as an appetizer or entr?e—on a bun or off. Beer lovers will be happy to know that the sauce includes a few tablespoons of wheat beer. Just to be sure to warn your vegetarian friends that the cakes have egg in them.
Turkey-Jalapeno Burgers3 of 10
Burgers are the stars of barbecue fare. But there's no rule that states they have to be made with beef, which is often fatty and difficult to digest. Ground turkey is lean and rich in B vitamins. Seasoned up with jalapeno, garlic and Worcestershire sauce, it's just as, if not more, flavorful than beef.
Jalapeno-Cilantro Coleslaw4 of 10
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Coleslaw is a barbecue staple. But so many coleslaw recipes are chock-full of mayonnaise and refined sugar. Not this one. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, coconut milk and raw honey. Jalapeno gives the cabbage heat, smoky spices deepen its flavor, and cilantro and fresh lime juice brighten it up.
Grilled Orange Salad5 of 10
Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness, which means you don't have to add any sugar. This salad features grilled sweet Naval oranges and a mouth-puckering pomegranate dressing. It's a refreshing accompaniment to any summer barbecue dish.
Edamame Confetti Salad6 of 10
If you need a salad that you can leave out in the heat for a while and not worry about it spoiling, this is it. This dish is dressed with olive oil and red-wine vinegar. And, with all the protein-rich edamame, this salad could serve as main course for the vegans and vegetarians at the barbecue.
Baked Kale Chips7 of 10
Making your own chips might seem like a lot of work, but these are super easy to prepare for your shindig. They take only 15 minutes to make, and they'll stay crunchy in your chip bowl for a few hours. Plus, they deliver 1,020 percent of your daily value of vitamin K.
Lean Condiments8 of 10
Skip the fatty ranch dressing on salads and sugary barbecue sauces on meats, and opt for lean condiments such as salsa, hummus and mustard. Mustard seed contains antioxidants. And, turmeric, which is an ingredient in mustard, is a cancer-fighter.
Key Lime Granita9 of 10
What's a barbecue without dessert? Answer: Not a good one! To satisfy everyone's sweet cravings—and also keep them cool—whip up this frozen key lime granita. Flavor-wise, it pay homage to key lime pie, but it holds far fewer calories and no fat.