There’s something about the hot sun, cooking on a BBQ and entertaining friends and family that can’t be beaten. But if you’re stuck in a rut with the usual burgers, sausages and pre-packed selections, you can take inspiration from my favourite healthier recipes, all of which can be prepared in advance, leaving you to relax and enjoy the balmy weather.
Ibizan-Style Sea Bream This is so delicious it will become a staple in your barbecue foods. Sea bream is higher in omega 3 than most white fish so this would be a nice option for you to try if you don’t typically eat enough oily fish.
Greek Vegetable Kebabs A lovely and simple way to incorporate vegetables and provide a meat free option that everyone will enjoy. I would recommend that you squeeze the lemon over your chopped veggies and Halloumi and allow to marinade in the fridge before threading onto the skewers. Alternatively cut the lemon in half and char on the BBQ before squeezing over your cooked kebabs and salad at the end.
Carrot Slaw I often use this as a quick side for midweek dishes. Lovely raw veg with the mayonnaise removed and replaced with Greek yoghurt. Tasty.
- 1 large carrot
- Small red onion
- 50g Greek yoghurt
- Heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- Grate the carrot
- Roughly chop a small handful of coriander
- Finely chop the red onion
- Put all your chopped ingredients in a bowl.
- Season, add the yoghurt and mustard.
- Mix well and leave in the fridge until needed
Feta, Turkey and Spinach Burgers Many people need to reduce their consumption of red meat like beef, pork and lamb. Eating high amounts of these processed meats has been linked to bowel cancer. Swapping to a homemade turkey version such as these means you still get to have a tasty burger without all the unnecessary additives. My tip would be to make these in advance and let them firm up in the fridge to help stop them falling apart when you put them on the BBQ. Also ensure you buy a lean turkey mince.
BBQ New Potatoes Potatoes in their skins are good for you! High in fibre and rich in B vitamins as well as vitamin C , plus there will be no wastage as all the family will eat these moreish potatoes. Personally I don’t bother with the onions or bay leaves they are tasty enough to serve on their own as a side.
So there’s my top 5 summer barbecue recipes. Do you have some favourites you’d like to share?
If you are entertaining you may also be interested in my refreshing mocktail recipes. Enjoy!