All you need to host a good time is music, laughter, and great food, but the preparation before the party can be a little overwhelming. And now, with these 11 tips, grilling on the go has become a little simpler. Pick a park, make a guest list, go shopping for food, and then it’s time to eat. (Admittedly, there are a few more steps in between, but our slideshow has you covered).
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A few quick and easy grilling recipes are essential for making your party stress-free and fun, and we have some to get you started:
Grilled corn and grilled potatoes are classics when you’re firing up the grill. They definitely have to make it to the party. If you want a recipe that’s a little fancier, try our recipe for Grilled Corn and Figs with Balsamic Reduction. You’ll have corn that’s a little sweet and a little acidic, but has a lot of flavor. Or you can just throw some ears on the grill for regular grilled corn.
We didn’t forget about the meat. There’s so much to choose from: steak, burgers, hot dogs, sausage, and fish. If you can’t decide, then serve a little bit of everything — your guests will love you for it. One thing that does have to make it to your barbecue is this delicious Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Infused Burger. If they didn’t love you for the variety of other food you offered, they’ll love you for this burger.
Once you’ve sent out the invitations, decided on a menu, and have a few tips to rely on, grilling on the go should be a breeze.
Tip 1: Pick a Park
Photo Modified: Flickr/ Sharnie
This may seem like one of the easier steps on the list, but not all parks will allow you to grill. So make sure when you’re picking a park that grilling is even a possibility. If there’s a permit required, make sure you get your application in before showing up — the earlier the better.
Tip 2: Plan a Menu
Photo Modified: Flickr/ Cliff Huston
Once you’ve picked a park and invited all of your friends, the next part of the planning is to select a menu. Make your menu as simple as possible, because you don’t want to have to man the grill all day. If you’re smart, you’ll recruit a few helpers so the cooking won’t wear you down.
Originally Published on June 26, 2015
The 3 Things You Must Do Before You Grill
I&aposm not a big rule follower. Even in the kitchen, I kind of like flying by the seat of my pants. Of course, there are some rules that must be followed — especially in baking. Baking and baked goods require structure. But another place where rules and principles are often as important as they are in baking is grilling. How much charcoal do you need? When is it the right temperature? Which vents need to be open, and how much? Those sorts of things.
But before you ever light a fire, another facet of grilling also demands your obedience and diligence. I&aposm talking about grill prep, my friends. How you get your grill ready BEFORE you put the meat, fish, vegetables, or pizza on the heat is as important as what you&aposre grilling. If that sounds like I&aposm overstating the importance of the prep…I&aposm really not.
To prep your grill, you&aposll need a very firm, metal bristled grill brush. I know people are fascinated these days with the wooden paddle-style grill scrapers that, over time, burn down a bit so they fit your grill perfectly. But honestly, I don&apost think they clean very well. That said, surprisingly, I do think they have a use and I recommend having one. (I&aposll explain that in a bit.) Second, you&aposll need a pair of long handled tongs, a small bowl of vegetable oil, and a few sheets of paper towels, folded so they&aposre like a deck of cards or rolled tight.
What Are Your Best Grilling Tips and Tricks?
Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking? , the open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. Though we already had one great discussion this week , I thought we’d go ahead and have another one, especially because Monday is a holiday, and it would behoove us to talk about grilling.
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Grilling is one type of cooking I don’t get to engage in often, mainly because I live in a small apartment, do not own a grill, and it’s always raining here (Portland, Oregon). I love grilled food though—everything from meat to fruit—and would love to hear all about your genius tips, tricks, and recipes for cooking in the great out-of-doors. As always, I have talking points.
- First things first: charcoal, wood, or gas? Gas grills are super easy to use and cook with, but you don’t get that great, smoky flavor you get with charcoal or wood. This article also notes that cooking well-marbled meats over gas can result in fat-fueled flare-ups, which can be dicey.
- What’s the most impressive thing you’ve ever grilled? I don’t think I’ve ever grilled anything that was that big of a deal. I did cook a whole pig in a China Box once that was pretty cool.
- What’s your #1 tip for juicy grilled meat with excellent flavor? Do you marinade? Brine? Baste?
- What’s your favorite grilled vegetable? I am all about the grilled corn bonus points if I have all the fixings to make a proper elote . Grilled asparagus is tight too.
- Have you tried grilling fruit? I live for grilled pineapple . The smokey, caramelized goodness absolutely sings with pineapple’s tangy sweetness, and it makes a great cocktail ingredient , too. I’d also like to try grilled-avocado guacamole .
- Grilled pizza? I seem to remember everyone being about grilled pizza a couple of years ago, but I have yet to try them. How do you guys feel about ‘em?
- How do you make your burgers? What fat percentage do you aim for? Do you get crazy with the seasoning or keep it simple? Do you have a special trick for helping them keep their shape? Ever grind your own meat?
- What’s your favorite meat-in a-tube? I do love a nice, artisanal sausage—I live in Portland, after all—but sometimes I just want a simple Hebrew National hot dog with mustard.
- Speaking of hot dogs, what do you put on yours? Does the thought of ketchup on a hot dog send you into a tizzy?
Grilling is a vast subject, so feel free to to stray outside the boundaries of the above questions, especially if you have a particularly tasty tip.
Claire is the Senior Food Editor for Lifehacker and a noted duck fat enthusiast. She lives in Portland, Oregon with a slightly hostile cat.
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We grill about 4x a week during the season.
Plus this, pre soaked when your coals are ready
For a great “smokey” taste. Comes in other woods, too, like apple wood, hickory, etc. I love the mesquite the best. We keep ours soaking in a Tupperware type container.
Our “grill” is a smoker type. It’s great.
We grill damn near everything. Make my own BBQ sauces, marinades, rubs, etc. Everything from steak, burgers, salmon, shrimp, asparagus, kebabs, pizza, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, lamb, scallops, ribs, chicken, apples, baked beans, wings, stuffed clams. We fucking grill )
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Cooking Tips For Your On The Go Way of life
If you are planning to enhance your cooking abilities, a refresher course in the essentials can be a terrific financial investment of your time. If you are too busy for that, the following suggestions can help you get back to some cooking fundamentals that you may have forgotten or neglected.
To obtain perfectly browned cookies, make use of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your routine cookie sheets. These surfaces are not only non-stick, however they lend the best shade of golden brown to your delicious morsels. These surface areas also keep your baking sheets clean, so you don’t have additional pans to wash.
When it concerns cooking, be sure that you know the allergy concerns of all of those who will be consuming your meal. This is very vital because the impacts of food allergy can range anywhere from moderate pain to death – both which you wish to prevent at all expenses.
To include flavor to everything from mashed potatoes to soup, replace water with chicken or beef stock. You can likewise just include bouillon cubes to the recommended quantity of water. This provides the food you are cooking the essential amount of money of moisture while also adding another level to the taste profile.
To make grating blocks of mozzarella, Colby, cheddar and other cheeses easier, put the block of cheese in the freezer for ten minutes prior to shredding. The freezer will stiffen the cheese a bit without freezing it solid, so you can grate it without as much sticking, collapsing or ending up being rubbery.
When one is cooking something it is important that they follow the directions as carefully as they potentially can. Forgetting an active ingredient, putting in overwhelming or too little of an ingredient, or not cooking something enough time are all problems that can occur when one is not paying attention to the instructions.
For those individuals who like cooking fish then they need to attempt catching their own fish to cook supplying they have the time. If one catches their own fish and prepares it the day of they will not only have a delicious fresh fish to eat however they will also have offered themselves.
Discovering from knowledgeable cooks is a great way to prevent making their exact same mistakes if you are looking to improve your cooking skills. While testing out brand-new recipes on your own can be enjoyable, ruining in the kitchen area can end up wasting time, in addition to money that was spent on active ingredients.
Be sure that you never ever leave anything unattended when it comes to cooking. This is essential for the security of you and everyone around you and handle oven cooking, to range top, to cooking on the grill. Grease can flame up easily and can cause a traumatic fire.
Cooking the everyday meal can seem like a chore sometimes and throwing ingredients together quickly ends up being tedious. Cooking for satisfaction can be unwinding, entertaining, and can be delicious. Remind yourself of some of the fundamental guidelines of cooking and make cooking fun again for you and your family.
When it comes to cooking, be sure that you never leave anything unattended. Cooking the daily meal can appear like a chore often and throwing active ingredients together quickly becomes tiresome. Cooking for satisfaction can be unwinding, entertaining, and can be tasty. Advise yourself of some of the fundamental rules of cooking and make cooking fun again for you and your family.
Keto Grilling Recipes: Fish and Seafood
Shiso Shrimpy and Grilled!
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: shiso or mint, parsley, pistachios, sea salt, garlic, coconut aminos, sesame oil, lime juice, olive oil, shrimp.
Photo Credit: Michelle from Cavegirl Cuisine
Shiso is a member of the mint family and is very common in Japanese cuisine, where it is used in soups and shredded into noodle dishes. It is also a good ingredient to use in a pesto as described here and is often found served with fish. You can either use the pesto while the shrimp are cooking or serve it over the shrimp once they are cooked.
Grilled Swordfish Over Tomato & Caper Sauté
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: onion, fennel bulb, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, white wine, basil leaves, capers, ghee, swordfish fillets, basil.
Swordfish is a meaty fish which can complement quite strong flavors, so feel free to spice up the seasoning if you prefer. The aniseed flavor from the fennel goes really well with fish and the fresh and aromatic basil sets this dish on another level. This would be a great idea to serve at a dinner party as it is colorful and delicious and very impressive.
Grilled Fish with Fresh Blueberry Salsa
– Seasonal & Savory
Ingredients: fish fillets, olive oil, salt, ground white pepper, blueberries, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, green onions, lime juice.
Sometimes simple is best, just like here with a lovely piece of grilled, seasoned fish! You will find this recipe successful if you use a meaty fish such as salmon or swordfish and the simple seasonings of salt and pepper are all it needs. Partnered with the fresh, fruity and spicy salsa and you have a fantastic summery meal to enjoy.
No epic vacation is complete without dessert! S’mores are a camping classic, but occasionally you may find yourself craving something new. Try and of these unique takes on old classics for a dessert the whole family is sure to enjoy.
This recipe is so great in the summer. Slice peaches in half and grill face down. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey before enjoying.
This recipe is a unique take a summer favorite. Line the bottom of a cast iron skillet with chocolate pieces, and top with marshmallows. Broil until marshmallows are browned and chocolate is melted. Serve with graham crackers.
Campfire Apple Crisp
This recipe is a simple take on an old classic. Simply toast oats in butter and combine sliced apples with spices. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.
Pound Cake and Berry Skillet
This unique dessert is so simple yet so yummy. Slice pound cake and brown in butter before adding berries of choice and Rolo pieces. Cover and warm over a fire for 5-10 minutes, until berries are juicy and chocolate is melted.
Cooking in an RV kitchen doesn’t have to be any more difficult than cooking in a traditional kitchen. In the summer, cooking outside on a grill can be just as fun as cooking inside. Be sure to only build campfires in designated areas, and don’t assume you are allowed to at every campground or Harvest Host location. When in doubt, just keep your meals simple. If you stick to basics and prepare any of these delicious recipes, you are sure to end up with meals the whole family will enjoy.
What meals do you like to prepare in your RV kitchen? Feel free to share in the comments below!
1. Prep Your Fruits and Veggies for the Week Ahead
Your life in the kitchen will get a lot easier if you do your laborious prep work ahead of time. Chop and cut veggies and/or fruit for the week ahead. Store them in the fridge in grab and go storage bags. Eat raw as a snack, roast them for dinner, or throw them into your breakfast smoothies! Plus, you can easily sprinkle them to any recipe throughout the week for added health and flavor. At the end of the day, you will have saved yourself some serious chopping time and gained some serious scrumptiousness!
Cook on the grill for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the flounder reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Remove from the grill and serve.
Things You'll Need
Grilling sheet or aluminum foil
Flounder falls apart easily when grilled, so it is important to take care when grilling the flounder. In addition to using a perforated grilling sheet or aluminum foil, you should avoid flipping the fish while grilling it, because it can fall apart. Grilling the fish skin-on will also help hold the meat together.
11 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast On-The-Go
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your morning with a healthy, nutritious and filling meal will set you up for the rest of day, giving you enough energy and brain power to complete all your tasks. Sometimes it can be hard to have a sit-down breakfast in our fast-paced modern world, so we have gathered our favourite healthy breakfast ideas that you can grab and eat on the go!
These recipes are perfect to prepare within 10 minutes or the night before to save time in the morning:
TOAST WITH TOPPINGS
Simply adding a dollop of jam to a piece of toast is not going to give you a satisfying breakfast. Adding more ingredients to your toast will not only make for a scrumptious bite but fill you up with healthy fats and protein which will satisfy you for longer.
BREAKFAST BENTO BOX
Pack all your favourite ingredients into one container for a flavoursome meal on the go. Prepare the night before or incorporate your left overs from dinner. Foodie friend Jax Cave created this bento box with rosemary & garlic mushrooms, tomatoes marinated in Organic Coconut Aminos & Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, soft boiled eggs, avocado, sautéed kale and rainbow chard, & coriander. Eat with some bread and feel full until lunch!
VANILLA AND HEMP CHIA PARFAIT
Chia Seeds are high in omega 3 & 6, also known as healthy fats. Simply make the night before, then grab and go in the morning.
Prep your overnight oats the night before and simply grab your jar and go! Oats are full of fibre and plant-based protein which will keep you going all morning. It's easy to switch up your oats flavour combinations so you won't get bored of the same thing.
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EGG & VEGGIE MUFFINS
Just like a frittata but in an easy to eat muffin form, these muffins pack in a lot of eggy goodness and are a great way to eat your veggies too!
STRAWBERRY & CASHEW CREAM STUFFED BREAKFAST MUFFINS
A couple of these delectable muffins are perfect to grab as you’re running out the door for a wholesome and delicious breakfast on the go. The muffin batter is filled with oats, nuts and eggs – all your typical breakfast ingredients, just in a new and wonderful form.
PICK N MIX BREAKFAST COOKIES
The best part about these cookies is that you can use whatever you have available in your pantry to create them! These nutritious cookies are delicious and bite-sized, great for a quick morning pick me up.
ZUCCHINI BANANA BREAD
A convenient and comforting breakfast that will give you plenty of energy for the morning ahead. Just one loaf of Zucchini Banana Bread can last you through the entire week. Try topping your slice with some Organic Raw Honey and ricotta for added protein!
A smoothie is a great way to pack in a bunch of different superfoods, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. You can pre-cut your fruit and vegetables, and store them in a container in the freezer until you need it. Head to our blog Top 14 Add-Ins to Boost Your Smoothie to learn more about the ingredients you should be adding.
HOMEMADE MUESLI BAR
A muesli bar is fantastic for packing in a lot of nuts and seeds and is ideal for busy mornings. Store bought muesli bars can contain high amounts of processed sugars and additives so creating your own means you can add the healthy ingredients you want.
SAVOURY BREAKFAST LOAF
If you prefer a savoury breakfast, then this quick bread is for you! It's easy to prepare, full of flavour, nutritious ingredients and pairs perfectly with avocado, feta, basil and black sesame seeds.
14 Healthy Snacks and Meals that Travel Well
Summertime means road trips, family vacations, and beach weekends. We have the best recipes to keep you on track without keeping you at home.
Family vacations can be really tricky when you&aposre trying to stay on track of your diet. There are hazards everywhere when you travel𠅎very rest stop has enticing fast food options, every gas station has a candy aisle brimming with cheap temptation, and every beach town has a signature ice cream shop calling your name. Basically, every road trip is a pitfall of unhealthy food waiting to happen.
Of course, a little indulging here and there is definitely OK (and encouraged), but we know you&aposll want some ideas in your back pocket to help you stick to your daily plan. We&aposve compiled a list of our favorite easy-to-pack lunches and snacks that you can find on your Cooking Light Diet plan to keep you healthy and happy all travel-season long.
Struggling to cook healthy? We'll help you prep.
Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches with Pickled Celery
This delicious twist on the classic egg salad sandwich will make any park picnic seem like a gourmet get-together. The chopped celery and sunflower seeds add crunch while avocado adds creaminess without the calories. Simply make the sandwiches before you head out the door, or package the salad in a container with a side of bread to make before you enjoy.
Take boring cheese sandwiches to the next level with the addition of avocado and tomato. Wrap them in tinfoil to toss on a park grill, or grill at home and wrap in paper towels to absorb the moisture while on the road. Not able to heat things up? These sandwiches are also delicious cold!
Hummus Club Sandwiches
Homemade hummus just can&apost be beat, and this recipe calls for a super simple version that&aposs extra creamy from yogurt. After you&aposve stacked your sandwiches for the road, spoon the rest of the hummus into a small container and bring along a small bag of chopped veggies for an additional snack.
Roast Beef Sandwiches with Watercress Slaw
When you&aposve filled your beach cooler with packs of deli meat, mix up your sandwiches with this refreshing watercress slaw. The tarragon leaves add a breezy freshness, and baguettes are crusty enough to not let the mayonnaise mixture soak through throughout the morning.