A Super Healthy Addition To Your Grill

May 22, 2012   12 Comments

Hot dogs, hamburgers, steak......salad! Yes, add some salad to your grill this Memorial Day weekend.

Healthy Grilling Tip

All you have to do is stick some veggies on a stick and everyone will love them as much as corn dogs. At least you can hope!

You can just eat them raw or you can grill them along side all your other favorites.

Here is a photo of the cooked "salad satay":


Salad satays will help you eat fewer hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips. These babies have just 16 calories each and they taste great.

Now, I did not use any oil on these which you may find impossible to do. My grill is non-stick and I got it pretty hot before I put the skewers on it.

My suggestion for adding oil is to spray a little olive oil from a reusable spray can like the Misto (see below). This will add a little flavor and ensure that your veggies are evenly coated without drowning them in calories (thereby reducing their healthiness).

All you do is fill it about half way and "pump it up" and it sprays a fine mist of olive oil. It doesn't use propellants and you will use less olive oil on your salads, etc.

Some other suggestions:

  • Add some chicken or shrimp for a little more protein.
  • Squeeze some lemon on before serving for a citrus punch.
  • Baste before you grill with olive oil and vinegar to get a true salad taste.

How do you make grilling healthy?


Salad Satay Recipe

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(makes 12 skewers)

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1 pkg white whole mushrooms
1 medium red onion
1 green bell pepper
2 zucchini
1 pint cherry tomatoes
12 skewers


Wet a paper towel and clean mushroom caps. Remove stems from mushrooms. Cut onion in half and then cut 4 pieces of each half. Clean and cut bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel zucchini and slice into 1 inch pieces. Place ingredients onto skewers. Heat grill and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes per side until vegetables are your desired doneness. Enjoy!

These can be made ahead and reheated on the grill or in the oven.

Nutrition Facts

16 calories, 0.2 g fat, 3.5 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 1.0 g fiber, 5 mg sodium, 0 Points+

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I like to spice this recipe up a bit by adding jalapenos that are split and hulled. Place those next to the shrimp or chicken to really pull the flavor into the meat.

I love grilling! I'm addicted to it!! I'm lucky to live in California where I can BBQ all year round! Your skewers look yummy!

I haven't done this in so long! Thanks for the reminder. Time to fire up the grill this weekend. Cheers!

That is my kind of food.

great reminder! I've never used zucchini on the skewers - will have to try that... Having a big cookout this weekend - I'll have to add veggie skewers to the menu!

Wow!..I just did this on my George Foreman this past week-end. It tasted great! Thanks for a wonderful web site!

Zucchini and yellow squash and other larger veggies like bell peppers and such are also great on the grill cut lengthwise in planks or even just in half if you don't have any skewers. You can cut them into pieces to eat them after you grill 'em. Or leave them in planks and put them on your burger! I also have a grilling basket for smaller veggies that we use when we're lazy and dont' want to do skewers. Stir fry veggies on the grill are awesome. Also, if you oil your grill it will help not to stick if you want to avoid oiling your food. Grilled Jalapeño Poppers are awesome as well... a great treat and you can really slim them down by using lowfat cheeses and just a hint of bacon bits inside to stuff them versus the bacon-wrapped variety. You can cut them lengthwise like boats to fill them instead of leaving them whole and they are super easy and yum-o. Another way we cook veggies on the grill is to make enclosed foil packets to contain them. A whole head of cabbage cut up and put in a packet with salt and a pat of butter comes out perfectly steamed with a bit of char on it if you flip it periodically on the grill while you cook your other items. It's to die for! Happy grilling!

I have a summer goal of learning to use my grill. (My ex used to do all the grilling.) Also, since I just joined WW, I have to eat more veggies. What a great idea this is!

Also, I got my Misto at Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods (all basically the same store and I can't remember which one I actually found it at) for a little bit less - and it was purple. I use it all the time now. Definitely worth the investment.

This would be a great next to your grilled fruit kabobs you did last year! Grill dessert AND dinner. Win!

Veggies on our charcoal grill are one of the highlights of summer for me. It'd add extra cals., but you could even make satay dipping sauce for these . . . most everyone likes to dip! We have a grill basket we use, so I usually do a mist of EVOO + S&P + Italian seasonings/some other spice blend to jazz up the veg. Make extras for leftovers for lunch the next day!

Looks delicious and perfect as summer is approaching!

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