A Healthy Grilling Perspective

A Healthy Grilling Perspective

For most people, when hunger strikes at the office they have a vending machine and maybe some stale doughnuts or leftover birthday cake in the break room to choose from. Not me. I run the test kitchen at Weber-Stephen Products, which means I’m constantly surrounded by hot-off-the-grill steaks, bratwurst, ribs, huge slabs of brisket and pork shoulder.

We have a running joke that instead of 90-day performance reviews we should have 90-day weigh-ins. Seriously. It’s that bad.

Don’t get me wrong, I like that stuff as much as the next person, but I also like fitting into my jeans so I don’t want to eat that stuff Every. Single. Day. Which is why, when I grill, I like to focus on lighter, healthier foods like fish, vegetables, chicken, pork and even fruit. I’m a foodie at heart so I’m not willing to sacrifice flavor in an effort to eat healthy – which is why grilling is my favorite way to cook. I can make delicious, flavorful food that doesn’t break the calorie bank.

One of my go-to grill recipes is Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs from Weber's Real Grilling cookbook. The marinade uses soy sauce and hot chili-garlic sauce so it’s loaded with flavor and the dark meat thighs cook quickly while retaining a lot more moisture and flavor than the ubiquitous boneless, skinless chicken breast. Pair this with some simple grilled vegetables. Your taste buds and your skinny jeans will thank you. 

 

What are your thoughts?