Nothing screams “summer” like hot-off-the-grill grub. Step up your BBQ game with tasty grilled recipes packed with health-helping ingredients, straight from the kitchens of registered dietitians and healthy chefs.
Grilled asparagus with lemongrass garlic rub: 110 calories
Courtesy Amy Gorin
Talk about simply delicious: As a registered dietitian and healthy recipe blogger, I’m always looking for easy, tasty, and nutritious recipes, and this grilled lemongrass asparagus hits the spot. It requires just a handful of ingredients, and the simple mixture of olive oil, lemongrass, garlic, rosemary, and onion powder elevates the fiber-packed veggie to a whole new level.
Moroccan-spiced grilled shrimp: 385 calories
Courtesy Tammy & Lyssie Lakatos
“This shrimp and salad dish is our go-to grilling recipe because it’s easy, light, healthy, and satisfying,” say Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CFT, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CFT, co-authors of The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure. “We love the Moroccan-inspired flavors of the smoked paprika, cumin, and the cinnamon that perfectly spice up the shrimp skewers. The quinoa salad hits the spot, with sweetness from antioxidant- and fiber-packed California prunes. This meal is perfect for any weeknight dinner.”
Grilled steak fajita veggie bowl: 370 calories
courtesy Lindsey Janeiro
“These grilled steak fajita veggie bowls are a favorite healthy summer grilling recipe,” says Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLT, a dietitian in Sarasota, Florida. “They utilize flank steak, one of the leanest cuts of beef, marinated with lime juice and flavor-packed spices. The bowl is rounded out with grilled fajita veggies and coconut cauliflower rice that adds flavor, texture, vitamins, and minerals for a grilled dinner full of protein and plants.” Here are 14 more BBQ foods that are actually good for you.
Honey lime grilled corn salad: 170 calories
Courtesy Amy Gorin
Here’s a way to take fresh corn to a whole new level. For this grilled corn salad with honey lime dressing, just combine a few ears’ worths of corn kernels with red onions, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes to make yourself a super simple side dish packed with filling fiber and health-helping vitamins and minerals.