Grilling season is not over yet, which means there is plenty of time to make the most out of cooking outdoors. Food from the grill just seems to taste better, maybe because of the flavors, the grill gives or maybe it’s the novelty. What you might not realize is that some of the most delicious and healthiest meals can be made on the grill. Blood pressure friendly meals are especially easy. Here are a few favorite blood pressure friendly grill recipes:
Shrimp and Potato Packets
Cooking food on the grill in foil packets is a great way to infuse intense flavor and moist bites. This simple shrimp and potato packet recipe is so easy, you’ll be surprised how delicious it is.
According to how many people you are feeding, measure out sheets of foil that are about 10-12 inches long. In the center of the packets, place six large shrimp (peeled and deveined), two halves of a cob of corn, four or five small red baby potatoes, and a small drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt-free table seasoning such as Mrs. Dash Table Blend, or use any variety that you prefer (the Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Blend is another good choice). If you like, you can also add in slices of bell peppers or onion.
Fold over the foil and close edges into a packet. Place on grill and cover, cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
Easy Grilled Wings
This recipe can use any of your favorite low-sodium marinades. A great store-bought marinade for these wings would be Mrs. Dash Spicy Teriyaki Marinade. Whichever marinade you choose, make sure to let your wings soak for a few hours, or overnight if possible. The longer they marinate, the better the flavor.
Place your marinated full wings on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with salad, rice, veggies, or steamed new potatoes.
Vegetables tend to not get enough credit or attention when it comes time to man the grill. All of the meats usually get all the glory, but the grill really brings out the most delicious flavors in so many of your favorite vegetables. In fact, there might even be a few vegetables that you might not consider your favorite that really take on a whole new flavor on the grill.
Really, just about any vegetable can be grilled. A few favorites are zucchini, asparagus, onion, mushrooms, tomato, bell peppers, and squash. All you have to do to make a great grilled veggie dinner is cut up your selection of veggies, stack them on skewers, and grill for a few minutes per side.
Grilled Fruit for Dessert
If you have never tried grilling fresh fruit for an easy and delicious dessert, you are in for a delicious surprise. The heat from the grill brings out all of the juices and sweetness, making a simple dish taste as decadent as a rich dessert.
Slice or split a selection of fresh fruits. Peaches and pineapple are the most common, but you can even make little fruit kabobs with cherries and apples and berries. Simply put them on the grill for a few minutes, turning them so there are grill marks on all sides. You can eat them by themselves, over frozen yogurt, or even with a dollop of whipped topping.
Try any and all of these delicious and really simple recipes the next time you decide to fire up the grill. Not only are they all easy and incredibly tasty, but they are great choices for your blood pressure friendly diet.
Also published on Medium.