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Help! I need suggestions for a BBQ...

Eek! My office is talking about haveing yet another grill out (usual once a month Friday custom) and I don't want to eat the same old hamburgers, potato salad, potato chips, and ice cream sandwich fair (can you believe I'm complaining).

What suggestions do you guys have to healthier alternatives? I'm stummped because I usually make all my own food from scratch and have forgotten all the pre-made, inexpensive, and/ or easy to make BBQ foods that "average" people eat.

Fri. May 26, 10:14am

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Hubby and I love to make Lime Peanutbutter Chicken. When i first found the recipie i thought "how nasty" and then when I mixed it i thought "this smells nasty" then when hubby cooked it on the grill and we ate it, i thought "oh my this is good!"

2 table spoons freash lime juice
2 table spoons peanutbutter
1 handful of cilantro
bonless skinless chicken breast

combine peanutbutter and lime juice and stir until well mixed. Add in cilantro. Pour mixture into plastic bag, take chicken boneless skinless chicken breast and toss in bag untill well coated. THen grill until done.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 10:28 AM

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I usually make chicken 'n veggie skewers and have fresh fruit.

You can also make veggie-only skewers as a side:
yellow squash
mushrooms (whole)
cherry tomatoes
peppers (red, yellow, orange, green)

You can marinate your veggies for a bit in balsamic vinegar and a bit of olive oil, but generally I just prefer to season mine with sea salt, garlic powder, and a mix of finely ground red pepper flakes and other herbs. I'll make them up to a day in advance and I'll get a package of the bamboo skewers so they are disposable.

Corn-on-the-cob is wonderful on the grill - don't even peel the corn, just soak in water for a bit and throw it straight on for ~20 minutes or so and it will steam inside its husk.

I also just like a small sirloin steak - yum!

The possibilities for marinated grilled chicken breasts are endless, but I love the Jack Daniels marinade (high sugar though).

Those are my BBQ staples, but I have faith in the PT collective to come up with many more :-)

Friday, May 26, 2006, 10:32 AM

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Fruit salad and veggie trays can help you fill up on the good stuff. Or, lettuce salad with fat free dressing. Not very exciting, but all I can think of right now!! Good luck!

Friday, May 26, 2006, 10:40 AM

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stuffed peppers

cut a red pepper in half the round way (or just cut off the top for a bigger one) and put onions and cheese and a cherry tomato inside. Admittedly, these get kinda messy (don't use too much tomato) but they're good.

and what about grilling a portabello instead of a burger?

Friday, May 26, 2006, 10:46 AM

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I knew you guys would be brilliant! I just has a complete mind block, your suggestions have helped open those doors again.

All these suggestions sound wonderful, I think I'm going to have to fire up the grill at home too :)

Thank you all so much!!!

-ps please feel free to continue with more suggestions, the more the better...after all it is Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 26, 2006, 11:16 AM

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Portobello mushrooms are great on the grill. Add chopped red pepper, onion and garlic and pile it on the top with some olive oil and then grill it for 20 minutes on low. You can have it by itself or as a burger. It's Yummmy.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 11:42 AM

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grilled shrimp

my husband marinades frozen (prep it first by thawing/de shelling and draining) shrimp in a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and cooking sherry, parsely basil.. oregano? and skewers them- grill do not take long to cook either... I think he has even taken the marinade and added cornstartch to it later to baste them with... If I get a chance I will ask and report back if it is any different than what I said.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 2:29 PM

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wrap baby bella mushrooms in turkey bacon, marinate with fat free Viva Italian dressing and put on the grill.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 3:54 PM

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mmmmm i wanna have a BBQ now! haha

Friday, May 26, 2006, 5:38 PM

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I used to LOVE peanut butter chicken as a kid! Am now vegetarian, maybe I will use the mix on tofu and grill that!

I always love corn, potatoes or any veggies covered in a marinade of choice and grilled in foil.

Friday, May 26, 2006, 6:09 PM

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