With days getting hotter and longer, the barbecue season is fast approaching. Burgers, hot dogs, and other rich foods typically reign over the grill, but these dishes are often high in calories and can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. During one of the most social times of the year, invite your pals over to feast on some of these healthy barbecue recipes.
This Greek Chicken Souvlaki recipe is low in calories and full of flavor, providing a welcome change to the usual bland barbeque dishes. Marinade the chicken overnight for an intense taste and serve with salad leaves and cucumber yogurt. Toss some flatbreads on the grill and make up an authentic Greek street food sandwich.
Give stuffed red peppers a spicy twist with chipotle chili salsa, rice, and melted mozzarella. A great option for vegetarians, these peppers are zesty, not to mention quick and easy to make. While the directions suggest you cook them in the oven, they can also be thrown on the grill for a healthy barbecue recipe.
Guacamole Hot Dogs
Healthy barbecue recipes don’t have to mean abandoning your favorites. While the idea of hot dogs on the barbecue is nothing new, these guacamole hot dogs replace the traditional toppings with homemade guacamole for a lighter alternative that has a fresher taste. Super easy to make, these dogs will impress with little effort.
Tabbouleh With Griddled Vegetables & Feta
Middle Eastern salads are fresh, healthy and flavorsome, combining a variety of textures and tastes. This version of the popular tabbouleh uses a whole block of feta cheese which is grilled on the barbecue and crumbled over a mixture of vegetables to add a soft and creamy element to the dish. It’s good enough to eat on its own but you can serve it as a side dish too.
Butterflied Leg Of Lamb
When you can turn your Sunday roast favorites into healthy barbecue recipes, you know you are onto a winner. This dish takes a whole leg of lamb and gives in a Mexican kick with a combination of fresh red and dried ancho chilies. Surprise your guests on a sunny Sunday and serve the leg whole with salad and yogurt dressing to accompany.
Transport yourself to the beach with seafood on your barbecue this summer. For fans of calamari, this tamarind squid recipe delivers on the flavor without the added calories. Punchy and bold, the spicy recado flavoring is balanced out by the pineapple salsa for a sweet and hot sensation.
Chilli Butter Corn
When thinking of healthy barbecue recipes, grilled corn on the cob is a classic that many of us cook regularly. Add a twist to your corn this summer and opt for a chili butter made with harissa and garlic. This side dish is tasty and filling as well as being cheap and easy to knock together for those last minute barbecue plans. Swap the butter for light olive spread to reduce the calories further.
Piri Piri Prawns & Green Rice
Prawns are a great healthy alternative to chicken or beef and take your barbecue food to the next level. These piri piri prawns are smoky rather than spicy and taste like summer in your mouth. Cook on skewers, squeeze over some grilled fresh lime and serve with a side of rice with added greens.
Tandoori Chicken Shawarma
This showstopping shawarma will impress even the fussiest barbecue guests and is super healthy too. While it may look intimidating, the dish is easy to prepare – simply marinade the chicken for 1-2 days and then assemble on a large skewer and grill. When its time to eat, slice off the meat lengthways and enjoy with some Middle Eastern flatbreads and dips.
Grilled Pimm’s Strawberries
For a sweet treat on the barbecue, try grilled strawberries in a Pimm’s and ginger syrup sauce. This dessert will go down well with adults and kids and since it’s so healthy, you can eat as many as you like, guilt-free! Add a drizzle of vanilla yogurt for some extra naughtiness.