Bbq/Grilling

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Fall, Main, Middle Eastern, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Beef Kefta Flatbread Pizza

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad-

I was flipping through a Cooking Light magazine and came across Beef Kefta Patties with Cucumber Salad. Kefta? A quick internet search yielded my answer: Kefta is the Lebanese/Syrian dialect for Kofta- a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf, although it is also referred to as kefka in Morocco. In the Middle East Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional.

The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs. I have, however, sautéed the kefta mixture in favor of forming into kebobs and made it as the base for a flatbread pizza. In honor of its Lebanese roots, serve it with a cooling cucumber-tomato salad.

All Seasons, American, Bbq/Grilling, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Turkey, Winter

Slow Cooker Turkey BBQ

My friend and neighbor, Nicole Rodriguez, passed this super crock pot recipe on to me over 5 years ago. Since then, it has become a favorite any time of year. I have modified the original recipe to use a little less processed sugar and eliminated the highly processed Worcestershire sauce. You won’t even miss it! Don’t be intimidated by the long list, it comes together in less than 10 minutes.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer

Oven-BBQ’d Chicken

Serve with blueberry and Corn Rice Salad-

While I was grateful for being able to camp out in my parent’s luxury high-rise for the summer while we were trying to sell our house, the drawback is no grill!! By Week 3 and lack luster results with a George Forman grill, I decided to try a barbequed chicken recipe in the oven. This meal is perfect for the transitional month of September when corn and blueberries are still in season and you might have abandoned your summer grilling, but not your summer attitude.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Spring, Summer

Honey Lime Glazed Steak Kabobs with Summer Melon Kabobs

Serve with Quick Greek Brown Rice

When I think of summer and food, my taste buds immediately crave a simple but flavorful grilled meal. This kabob recipe fits the bill with an easy, slightly sweet marinade for both the steak and summer melons. Dipped in a cool, cumin-scented yogurt sauce and paired with a nutrient-rich brown rice side, this meal cries out for al fresco dining.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Summer

Grilled Sirloin With Tangy Mop Sauce

Serve with and grilled corn with chili and cilantro cream; green beans with garlic-lime gemolata-

I was perusing a magazine and came across a recipe for “mop sauce”. It looked like a barbeque sauce to me, but upon researching exactly what is a mop sauce, I learned that it is a thin sauce applied to meat as it is being grilled or broiled. While containing a lot of flavor, it is thin enough to leave a thin layer on the surface of the meat that soaks in as the meat cooks.

Let me tell you, I am now a huge fan of mop sauces! It eliminates the need to marinate a meat, leaves the meat tender, and imparts such amazing yet subtle flavor. Best of all, you can save most of it to serve with your grilled meat, hence, “mopping” up the meat with it. Most mops contain Worcestershire or soy sauce, but I mimicked the smoky flavor without all the preservatives and sodium. It’s sweet and tangy all at the same time!

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Chicken Nacho Salad

My friend, Pat A., inspired me to create this recipe after she served us a white bean nacho appetizer she cooked on the grill for our girl’s night. I was intrigued with the idea of grilling a plate of nachos and boy were they good! I have made it a little healthier with homemade tortilla chips and more substantial with the addition of rotisserie chicken and homemade guacamole. Eating it as a salad gets a green side on the plate and it’s fun to eat!

All, American, Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Main, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Barbequed Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Serve with Romaine Salad with Quick and Easy Vinaigrette-

With the warm weather here to stay and not a mosquito in sight, I love to grill pizza on the outside grill. Grilling the crust adds a nice smokiness, and tastes as decadent as fast food but it’s really good whole foods eating!

We love this version- a bit more gourmet for the adults, but kid-friendly enough that they’ll ask for another slice, or two.