Why Grilling Is The Best Way To Prepare Food!
We have all been waiting for this moment. The moment you throw on your apron, fire up the grill, and barbecue your first meal of the year. Maybe you choose chicken, fish, or even vegetables — either way, you know it's going to be delicious!
We obviously all love grilling season because that means it's time to have friends and family over for cookouts, but did you know grilling is actually one of the healthiest ways to prepare your food? Here's why:
1. Reduced Fat Intake
Grilling your food can help reduce fat intake compared to other cooking methods like frying. When grilling, excess fat drips off the food, resulting in leaner and healthier meals. This is especially beneficial for those watching their cholesterol levels and aiming to maintain a balanced diet. By removing the need for added oils or fats, grilling allows the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine without compromising on taste.
2. Retained Nutrients
Grilling helps retain more nutrients in your food compared to boiling or steaming. The quick cooking time and high heat of grilling help preserve vitamins and minerals that might otherwise be lost through prolonged cooking methods. Vegetables, in particular, retain their natural goodness and vibrant colors when grilled, making them almost as nutritious as raw and easier for your body to digest.
One of the most significant advantages of grilling is the incredible flavor it leaves on your food. The combination of direct heat, smoky char, and caramelization creates a unique taste profile that is difficult to replicate inside the house with other cooking methods. Grilling adds depth and complexity to meats, vegetables, fruits, and even seafood.
Are you grilling out over the long Memorial Day Weekend? Here's a simple & delicious grilled chicken recipe sure to win over all your BBQ attendees:
Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
- 1 lb chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt and pepper
Whisk together all ingredients for the marinade.
Pour over your chicken thighs leaving 2-3 tbsp aside for later. Refrigerate for 1 hour up to overnight.
Grill for 3-4 minutes each side at about 400 degrees.
Once you flip them, brush with the additional marinade/sauce.
Enjoy! If you try this recipe, let us know what you think!