FIRE UP YOUR BBQ FOR A SLIMMER SUMMER

Summer BBQ season is nearly upon us and since we have changed the way we eat, it can be difficult to know what to cook or how to keep on track when we go to BBQ parties.

Fear not! I've got some great clean ideas that are not too far removed from what you're used to, and with a few small tweaks it will be a slimmer summer this year! 

Mains:

  • Sardines or whole mackerel, drizzled with herby oil and a big wedge of lemon to serve
  • Homemade burgers: get some great quality minced beef, add a clove of crushed garlic, oregano, mix and shape into burgers. I promise you will never buy them again and you know there is no rubbish in them!
  • Spatchcock chicken
  • Veggie/tuna/halloumi kebabs: mix olive oil, lemon juice and lots of finely chopped herbs and brush over
  • Large mushrooms 
  • Try my homemade sauce recipes:
    chimichurri sauce on steak and BBQ sauce on ribs or chicken

Sides:

  • Corn on the cob brushed with coconut oil
  • Healthy coleslaw: get rid of the mayo and mix it up with Greek yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon or lime, add coriander for a more Asian-feel and add in some chilli for an extra bite
  • Sweet potato chips - so easy even kids can do it!
  • Asparagus - add in herbs and goats cheese for a summer salad
  • Greek salad
  • Grated carrot with pumpkin seeds for extra crunch
  • Cauliflower rice with herbs and radishes
  • Freekeh with herbs, olives and grilled veggies
  • Tomatoes, capers and red onion

or why not try my Lamb Kofta? I served it with grilled vegetables and a freekeh salad. I also added a chimichurri sauce, which I'd never made before but was so easy and tasty and sprinkled over some green olives to serve. Delish!

Lamb Kofta

  • 400g minced lamb
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp ground almonds

Mix all the ingredients together and shape into kofta shape sausages.
Place under the grill or on the BBQ for 5-8 minutes turning until they are golden brown all over. Slice one open to check they are thoroughly cooked before serving.

Meanwhile chop your veggies (eg courgettes, peppers and mushrooms) and grill.
Cook freekeh according to the packet instructions.
Toss together when cooked. 

No barbi is complete without condiments so I've created these delicious sauces to spice up your lean meat, fish or vegetables. 

Chimichurri Sauce 
This is great on anything - you'll be making it all summer!

  • 1/2 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli (or fresh)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

Homemade BBQ Sauce
I've created this finger-licking version. It’s so tasty... and clean! The kids love it on ribs or try brushing onto chicken. 

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 dsp tomato puree
  • 1 dsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add in the meat or fish of your choice and marinate for at least an hour.
Cover with tinfoil and cook at 170˚C for an hour or cook on the BBQ grill. We like to serve it how it is with brown rice and pak choi and drizzle the sauce on top. Yummy!

When it comes to keeping on track and going to a party, why not take a big bowl of clean grain salad with plenty of herbs and veggies for everyone to dig into, wholemeal rolls for the kids and some beautiful pineapple carpaccio for desert. I'm sure your hosts will thank you!

Hopefully with these recipes and ideas under your belt, it will be a much slimmer summer.

Ele x