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DIY Friday: It's Grillin' Time

Meal on a stickFor almost 10 years now, Matt and I have "batch cooked" our food in order to save time and money during the week.  We go through different phases, enjoying soups, stews, braises, and one-pot meals.  But we never get tired of grilling!  We love to spend a little time outdoors when the weather gets nice and cook up our food for the week.  Here's what our plan typically looks like:

Chicken - Usually we cook chicken breast that we marinate for 1-2 hours.  During the week we slice chicken on salads, make chicken wraps with low-carb tortillas, or just eat the chicken straight with a steamed veggies.

Fish - We love salmon on the grill or any kind of firm white fish.  The easiest method is to rub the fish with a little olive oil, season with your favorite seasoning mix (I like Galena from Penzey's), wrap in a foil pouch and throw it on the least hot part of the grill.  Matt always suggest grilling low & slow.  Makes a delicious meal - just add a salad or veggie.

Lean Beef - We eat red meat two or three times a month.  Typically the portions are small - about 4 ounces.  Matt's favorite cooking method is to use a rub (again we use a Penzey's product - Chicago seasoning) and cook slowly to medium rare.  If you overcook beef (or chicken for that matter) it will taste dry when you reheat it.  Choose a good cut of meat that has been grass fed with no hormones.

Veggies - Our favorites to cook on the grill are squash (sliced longs ways), asparagus, and okra.  For the squash and asparagus, we toss them in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, then add a little lite salt and pepper.  We will toss the okra in a little olive oil and season it with salt free cajun seasoning, then skewer it.

Skewers - If we're cooking for a party, we'll make up protein and veggie skewers.  You can use steak cubes, chicken chunks, shrimp, mushrooms, squash chunks, peppers, and onions.  Use your imagination.  Guests love these meals on a stick!

Eating healthy can be fun and efficient, too.  Take some time this weekend and put a new spin on grilling.

Here's to the efficient and the delicious!

Question of the day:  Do you batch cook your food, and what are your favorite methods for doing this?

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  1. Carol Nave:
    May 01, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    We live in a high-rise, so grilling doesn't happen as often as we would like. But thankfully we have friends who invite us over and let us use their grills. Batch cooking is the way to go. It makes eating healthy during the week much easier.

  2. Matt:
    May 07, 2015 at 05:03 PM

    There is absolutely nothing better than grilling some lean meat and veggies next to the pool on a warm summer day. Can't wait for summer.

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