Grilling Tips

Today we bring you the final part of our grilling tips series!

Some of the most delicious foods to throw on the grill are vegetables! Extremely versatile, they can be used in multiple ways including being put on skewers. For example, a great option is bell peppers in colorful alternation with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and/or zucchini. But vegetables also cook wonderfully in barbecue trays, such as asparagus, which, marinated or unmarinated, is delicious when grilled. Eggplant, fennel, pumpkin (all in slices or wedges), spring onions or corn also taste great from the hot grill. Most vegetables need some fat to prevent them from sticking, so coat them with some type of oil and season before placing on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Tips Part 3

We continue our grilling series today with another great tip!

Smoked or cured food should not be placed on the grill: it contains nitrite pickling salt, which creates nitrosamines when it is cooked at high temperatures. These are suspected to be carcinogenic. It is better to choose high-quality, lean, drained marinated food at room temperature, such as meat, fish or vegetables.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Tips Part 2

Today we are bringing you another grilling tip to help you stay safe while grilling!

If fat or oily marinade drops into the embers, smoke is produced which contains highly toxic substances that are considered carcinogenic. The simplest way to prevent fat and liquid from running into the embers is to put aluminum foil on the grill. Extra strong foil is best, as it does not tear so quickly. If the edges of the film are bent upwards, even small pieces of food, such as shrimps, can be cooked on them. Vegetables, such as potatoes, beets, or radishes, can be completely wrapped in foil with herbs or marinades for flavor.
Another option is to use special aluminum grill trays which also ensure that nothing drips into the embers, as the liquid is collected in the deep grooves. Grill trays are ideal for more tender or very juicy foods. An aluminum bowl also offers protection if the food has to cook longer and would burn on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

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Summer Charcoal Choices

What is nicer than cooking a good piece of meat, fresh filet of fish, or colorful vegetables outdoors on the grill? Not much in our minds! In order to make barbecuing fun, healthy, and safe, we have a few more tips for you.

Use lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes and ignition aids without harmful residues! This prevents unhealthy or even poisonous fumes from being drawn into the food and you can enjoy a healthy and delicious culinary treat. Check out this link below that describes four charcoal products that are healthy for you and the environment.

https://www.annmariegianni.com/organic-lump-charcoal/

Herb Zucchini with Mozzarella

This recipe is a great way to use up fresh summer zucchini or squash!

Ingredients: 
1 serving of zucchini 
1 serving of buffalo mozzarella
1 garlic clove
4-5 lavender flowers
1 sprig of thyme
1 Tbsp. of rapeseed oil
1 Tbsp. of olive oil
Salt, freshly ground pepper

Preparation:
Wash the zucchini, pat dry, and cut into 1/2 inch or 1 cm thick slices, salt lightly. Remove the thyme leaves from stalks and heat along with the garlic in rapeseed oil. Add the zucchini slices and, turning frequently, roast everything lightly for about 5 minutes. Season with pepper and remove from the heat to cool. Cut mozzarella into thin slices and add to the zucchini. Mix and season to taste, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with lavender flowers. Enjoy!

Summer Grilling

One of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh produce and proteins in the summer is by grilling. Below are a few summer grilling tips to help you get the most out of your summer!

  • Experiment. Try grilling new foods such as chilies (adds wonderful flavor to proteins) or avocados.
  • Grill fruit! A great dessert idea is to put fruits such as pineapples or peaches on the grill. The natural sugars in the fruits will caramelize and give them a delicious flavor.
  • Keep your grill clean. Be sure to scrub your grill after each use to prevent burning, bitter flavors, and smoking.
  • Marinate. Adding a simply marinade or dry rub of spices to proteins and vegetables is a great way to add flavor and variety to your meals.

Summer Skin Care

Although skin care is important year around, summer brings a new set of skin care challenges. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that our skin is our largest organ and that it too needs love and care.

Below are few tips to make sure your skin stays healthy all summer long!

  • Hydrate! Drinking lots of water is important not just for your overall health but also for your skin.
  • Sunscreen. Apply sunscreen often throughout the day (and don’t forget sensitive areas such as your ears, lips, and mouth). If you have tendency to forget to reapply your sunscreen, try setting a timer on your phone as a reminder.
  • Load up on Vitamin C! This vitamin is vital for skin health and has even been said to limit UV damage.
  • Wash and moisturize. Sweat and dirt can clog your pores and cause a build up of oil. Try washing and moisturizing daily to keep your skin nice and healthy!
  • Wear a hat. Staying in the shade or wearing a hat can help you avoid some of the damaging effects of direct sunlight.