Category Archives: BBQ

Back to the Routine


Sunday night’s dinner was very… phallic…

Instead of our usual Sunday Steak Night, we decided to do bratwursts instead–mostly because we both had steak on Friday night and Michael had steak for breakfast. I was good with that; especially since Michael and Jeremy cooked dinner. :)

Michael boiled the brats before grilling them and Jeremy did his special trick for corn on the cob.

This time, Jeremy used butter and added chili pepper. It was a great addition!

Dinner turned out really good and not only that–it was COOKED FROM HOME! It was so nice to prepare our own food and eat normal portions.

I am grateful for the opportunity to go out to dinner with Michael’s family. I am also grateful for enjoying food prepared BY Michael. :) I skipped having a beer with dinner. It’s almost habit now. A habit I *really* don’t need! I drank water instead and decided my splurge would be dessert.

If you remember, I bought fudge from the beach this weekend.

I had half a glass of nonfat milk with a small piece of fudge (Chocolate Peanut Butter).

I also bought another treat for myself: Bondi Band! I’ve been wanting one for awhile now and I finally broke down and ordered one. I can’t wait to get it! I’ve been needing a new headband for running and I think I got a cute one.

QUESTION: Do you have a Bondi Band? Which one did you get?

For breakfast Monday morning, Michael created a half bagel sandwich. Half a bagel (130 calories) with a little light cream cheese, sliced turkey sausage and 1.5 scrambled eggs. It’s a little higher in calories than what I normally have for breakfast but it was tasty.

It’s also a good breakfast for days that I will run at lunch.

Sunday Steak Dinner for Three


Sunday was a busy day! I saw, I helped a friend unpack, and Michael and I went to our friends’ house to see their new baby! She was absolutely precious. Very very tiny and sweet.

When we got back to the house we started the steaks for our new Sunday ritual, but this time for the three of us. I made salads.

Our house guest, Jeremy, had an excellent idea for the corn on the cob. I think it’s my new favorite way to cook them!

First, Michael cleaned up the corn.

Then Jeremy liberally applied butter on each corn.

He seasoned the corn with salt and pepper and wrapped them individually in foil.

Michael took the New York Strip steaks outside and grilled them on the grill with the corn.

I think they cooked the corn for like 15-20 minutes.

I opened a nice bottle of Sangiovese to have with our steaks.

It was a really delicious red wine that went perfect with the steaks.

The steaks weren’t quite done yet when Michael first took them off the grill so he cooked them a few more minutes.

Dinner was good! The piece of meat I got was a little on the fatty-side for my liking but it was still tasty. The corn was REALLY the superstar of the meal. I like Jeremy’s “recipe” a lot.

And on another note, you may remember about a month ago Michael and I debated the “correct” way to eat corn on the cob. Jeremy eats his corn on the cob like me! Vindicated! As Jeremy put it, he eats it the “typewriter style” aka “The Correct Way” (his words). :)

If you are just checking up on weekend reading, here’s the recaps:

Oregon Brewfest

Girl’s Night Out

QUESTION: What’s your favorite way to prepare corn on the cob?

Food Repeat


Yard work was on the menu last night. No one told me living in a house was so much work! (Just kidding) Seriously, if it’s not one thing (kitchen remodel) it’s another. I swear those blackberry bushes will be the death of me! I keep telling Michael we need to buy or rent a goat to just eat everything back there. :)

Dinner last night was a repeat of Monday, minus the walk to the store. We eat a lot of “repeat” food. Dinner was bratwursts again. The way Michael prepares them is to boil them in water or beer first then grill them on the grill outside.

It was the spicy bratwursts this time and they are tasty! Zucchini is sliced, oiled and seasoned with Steak Seasoning. It’s a peppery-salty seasoning.

Dinner

We sat on the back deck again and enjoyed dinner and a brew.

QUESTION: How do you get creative with your meals? Is there a website you use to find recipe ideas?

How to BBQ Healthier


It’s almost summertime, which means the grilling season is here! BBQ’s, picnics, potlucks galore. There are simple ways you can avoid packing on the pounds during this fun season. For example, skip the cheeseburger and make a turkey burger or a veggie burger. Here are a few other tips:

1. Choose less fatty cuts of meat. If you are grilling chicken, take the skin off.

2. Try putting BBQ sauce on before you grill, not after. A lot of it will burn off but you’ll still have the flavor.

3. Go easy on the serving sizes.

4. But go NUTS on the veggies! Veggies are delicious when grilled. Try kebabs with sliced zucchini, carrots, peppers and onions. Check out this recipe at Food Network.

5. Watch the side dishes. I love grilling asparagus or zucchini as a side dish and I skip the potato salad or chips and dip.

6. If you must have dips, try hummus and carrots. Trader Joe’s has excellent hummus (I love the red pepper hummus).

7. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you are cooking the food correctly. Nothing ruins a good BBQ like food poisoning!

8. Try grilling fish instead of a steak or burger. Here are some tips for grilling Tuna.

9. Instead of cookies or cake for dessert, try grilling pineapple slices and eat them with frozen yogurt!

Condiments

Don’t forget that condiments can really add up.

From Last Night's Dinner

Choose lower calories options like mustard (which is almost always low in calories):

Mustard

I eat about 2-3 servings of mustard (which is really 15 calories, not 5). I skip the real mayo which is higher in calories and sometimes use a lighter version. Since I’m not a fan of mayo, I don’t miss it.

Ketchup is packed with sugar (no wonder I love it). 20 calories in 1 Tablespoon. How many tablespoons do you use for fries? I bet it’s not 1 serving!

Ketchup

Pickles are a great addition because they are tasty and very low in calories.

Pickles

Sweet relish goes great on hot dogs and burgers. I use it sparingly as well.

Relish

BBQ sauce can add a whopping 50-100+ calories to your meal as well.

The conclusion is that adding a lot of condiments to your meal can add up fast. Doing some quick math, eating all of  the above (several servings) can add 100-200 calories to your meal. While I’m not saying to cut them out, there are ways to season without gaining weight. Mustard, mustard, mustard! ;)

And don’t forget to exercise! Play basketball, badminton, frisbee, etc with friends before grilling.

QUESTION: How do you keep BBQ’s healthy? Do you have a favorite recipe to share?