Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of grilling season for America. For good or for bad, our appreciation for fallen heroes is intertwined with families and friends getting together to celebrate the season’s first bar-b-que. So when you raise your first glass of wine / ice cold beer, don’t forget to toast to those who made all this possible for us, the young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
1. Steak is not the only food that’s grillable.
2. Try a whole chicken, rubbed with spices & minced garlic, grilled over a nice low-medium flame for an hour or more. It’s heavenly.
3. Fish, whether whole or filet, are the best over flame, plus a nutritional powerhouse.
4. Vegetables, when grilled right, are amazing. Try to get the slightly burnt carmelization going with red bell peppers and you’ll know what we mean.
5. Buy lots of fruit and prepare a fresh fruit salad as the opening act to the feast.
6. Say no to overly processed hot dogs and burgers! Choose a low fat cut of beef and have it ground for you. Prepare your own patties. Make them small.
7. Portion control is important. Nobody says you have to down a 12 oz steak.
8. Calculate in advance how many people you’re going to be cooking for so that you won’t have too many orphaned leftovers. Nothing worse than being full and yet still eating an extra steak just so that expensive meat won’t go to the trash or the dog.
What are you planning to prepare this weekend?