Sizzling Barbeque Tips
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Hot Australian summers are the perfect setting for a barbeque (BBQ) with friends and family. But rather than settling for an uninspiring table of poor quality and or processed meats – why not wow your guests with these top tips for a fresh, colourful and healthy spread?
- Protein Perfection
- Choose leaner cuts of meat and trim away the visible fat – try chicken breast without the skin and lean cuts of beef, lamb or pork.
- Opt for reduced fat sausages. Far from being bland these varieties are usually loaded with great flavours and are sure to be a hit! Stick to thin varieties, cook over the grill section of the BBQ and prick with a fork while cooking so the excess fat can drain away.
- Try gently BBQ’ing seafood such as salmon, barramundi and prawns. They are bursting with Omega-3. Serve with a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing boost.
- Aim for a quarter of your plate to come from healthful protein foods
- Boost your Burgers
- Make your own burger patties and add your own twist – try adding grated carrot or zucchini for a vegetable boost or adding cooked lentils or mashed kidney beans for a fibre boost and delicious nutty flavour. Use lean mince and add onion and your favourite herbs and spices to up the flavour and nutrition.
- Super Salads & Vegetables
- Aim for half your plate to be full of salads and or other non-starchy vegetables eg grilled asaparagus, carrots and or tomatoes. Try making a few different salads, noone will want to miss out on eg crunchy nut and seed cabbage coleslaw
- Take your salads to the next level by add lots of colour and variety – there are endless combinations to try. Have a look at our website for inspiration.
- Try adding corn on the cob to your BBQ – it gives the corn a delicious, smoky flavour and increase your vegetable intake at the same time!
- Impress your guests with a vegetable stack – start with a flat mushroom and then add layers of pumpkin, eggplant, capsicum, zucchini and red onion. Top with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs.
- Scintillating Skewers
- Make colourful vegetable skewers with onion, capsicum, zucchini and cherry tomatoes or alternate your vegetables with lean meats.
- Prawns are quintessentially Australian and go beautifully on skewers and are packed with nutrition. Serve with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of garlic.
- Fruit kebabs are a delicious sweet snack and or dessert – serve fresh for a revitalising burst or barbeque to caramelise the natural juices.
- Master Chef Cooking Tips
- Cook with healthful oils such as olive, canola or rice bran oil should you need a dash to assist with taste and or cooking.
- Cook on the grill rather than the hot plate so excess fat can drain away.
- Avoid overcooking or charring your meats – research has shown this can increase your risk of some cancers.
- Use lemon, garlic, herbs, spices and chili to create a taste sensation rather than oils and salt.