Grilling season is back.
With Memorial Day next weekend and summer just one month away, it's time to start preparing for some of your favorite outdoor meals!
But with beach season on the horizon, you might also be conscious about what you're eating. Not all grilled meals have to include fat-laden cheeseburgers and sausages. You can cut calories and fat by choosing healthier meats and mixing them with the right ingredients, and still get that smoky grill flavor.
Another advantage of grilling, besides adding mouthwatering flavor, is that it typically speeds up your cooking time. We've found five quick and easy recipes for you to grill during the week that will get you in the mood for summer. From grilled chicken, shrimp, pork chops, and more, these meals all come in at less than 350 calories.
So whether you gearing up for a Memorial Day BBQ, or just want to try some fun, healthy recipes, try cooking this week with these meals:
Monday: Grilled chicken with Greek flavors
This grilled chicken gets a ton of flavor from just a few main ingredients – red wine vinaigrette, oregano, tomatoes and feta cheese. Once marinated, it only takes 10-12 minutes to cook on the grill.
Per serving: 338 calories; 11g fat, 6g carbohydrates, 52g protein, 1g fiber
Tuesday: Skewered shrimp scampi
Use whole-wheat pasta in this healthy take on the classic scampi dish. This simple shrimp and pasta meal is flavored with lemon juice, garlic, and parsley.
Per serving: 314 calories; 6g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 2g fiber
Wednesday: Grilled salmon and zucchini with red pepper sauce
The sauce used in the recipe, based on the classic Spanish romesco, spices up the salmon and veggies in this meal. You'll get a good source of protein in this heart-healthy meal at less than 300 calories!
Per serving: 280 calories; 13g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 32g protein, 2g fiber
Thursday: Homemade black bean veggie burgers
Tired of making the same old frozen veggies burgers? Try this simple homemade recipe that's ready in just 35 minutes.
Per serving: 198 calories; 3g fat, 33.1g carbohydrates, 11.2g protein, 9.8g fiber
Friday: Pork chops with quick rhubarb sauce
This low-calorie pork chop dish is paired with a tasty rhubarb sauce that you can heat up in the microwave while you're watching the grill.
Per serving: 303 calories; 13g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 1g fiber