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Now that it’s summer, grilling season is in full swing. Grilling season means lots of great food, but it also probably means you’ve been eating hot dogs, burgers and grilled chicken galore. If you’re looking for a little more variety in your grilling, try the following ideas to escape a boring burger rut:
- Amp Up Your Burgers
There’s nothing wrong with eating burgers in the summer—they’re delicious! But eating the same old ketchup and mustard-topped burger every time you grill out can get boring. To switch it up, try using turkey, chicken or even portobello mushrooms in place of ground beef. Or, try topping your burgers with more exciting ingredients such as jalapenos, onion rings and even fruit!
- Don’t Just Grill for Dinners
Most of us use our grills for cooking dinner, but there’s no reason you can’t use the grill to make delicious, easy lunches as well. On a Sunday night, grill up some steak, chicken or shrimp to use in simple lunch recipes throughout the week. Use grilled meats and vegetables in wraps, sandwiches and salads for lunches with extra flavor.
- Take “Indoor” Foods Outside
Many of your favorite foods that typically get baked in the oven or cooked on the stove are even more delicious when they’re made on the grill. Try grilling “indoor” cooking foods like quesadillas, pizza and paninis for delicious summery taste.
The following are a couple easy recipes to kick up your summer grilling. Enjoy!
Pesto and Tomato Grilled Pizzas
- PAM® Grilling Spray
- 4 6-inch white flatbreads
- 1/3 cup refrigerated basil pesto
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 14.5 oz can Hunt’s® Stewed Tomatoes, drained
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
Spray the cold grate of a gas grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place flatbreads on a baking sheet and spread each evenly with pesto. Top each flatbread with mozzarella cheese, drained tomatoes, parmesan cheese and olives, grill for 6-8 minutes or until cheese melts and flatbreads are lightly browned. Tip: Feel free to use marinara instead of pesto if you’re partial to tomato recipes!
Blue Cheese Steak Wraps
- PAM® Grilling Spray
- 1 ¼ pounds beef flank steak, trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons reduced fat chunky blue cheese dressing
- 6 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
- 1 ½ cups packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 14.5 oz can Hunt’s® Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained well
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Spray the cold grate of a gas grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper and grill 6-8 minutes on each side or until medium done (160°F). Let stand for 5 minutes and then cut into thin strips. Spread 1 tablespoon dressing on each tortilla and top with steak, spinach, drained tomatoes and onion. Fold sides in and roll up like a burrito. Cut in half to serve.
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Hunt’s. For other delicious summer recipes, along with classic meatloaf and easy lasagna recipes, visit www.hunts.com.Pin It