Do not fear – having a barbecue doesn’t have to mean eating high-calorie, fat covered sausages and burgers. There is always the option of chicken, fish, vegetables and even fruit that can be cooked on the barbecue – and even better they taste delicious!!
Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, pineapple chunks, apple slices and seafood all make fantastic but healthy kebabs! All you have to do is put your chosen dish onto the skewers, brush with a little olive oil and grill over the BBQ. You will know they are done when the vegetables are slightly roasted and charred around the edges.
Salmon makes a great alternative to meat – in fact any type of seafood is delicious. Place a whole fillet of salmon onto a sheet of foil which is large enough to make a parcel. Slice half a lemon and squeeze it over the fish, then season and wrap the foil to make a generous parcel and refrigerate overnight. Once you’ve done this cook on the barbecue for roughly 10 minutes. Trust us, this dish is fantastic served with natural, low fat yoghurt, salad and crusty bread.
Hot sweetcorn cooked on the BBQ is delicious and will acquire even the fussiest of taste buds! Pre-boil it until it is just tender in order to keep it tasty as well as to speed up cooking time on the barbecue! Once you have done this, then place it directly on the grill and turn until charred on the outside. You won’t need lashings of butter this time!!
Asparagus and aubergines are said to be barbecue delicacies, so why don’t you find out? Pop the asparagus on the grill for 2-3 minutes or until to the desired tenderness.
If you don’t fancy any of the above then jacket potatoes are the easiest things to cook on the BBQ. Simply wrap them in tin foil and place directly on the coals under the shelf and leave them for roughly an hour, depending on size. You can cook other bits and bobs on the barbecue whilst these are cooking too! The best thing is, jacket potatoes will get better the longer they cook!
Don’t forget, the more variety you have at your barbecue party, the more likely your guests are to be happy. Don’t limit what you cook, do as much as you can! Salads are brilliant for sides and fresh bread is always a hit with anyone!
To cook up a healthy desert, you don’t even need to consider anything with chocolate in. Mix up a bowl of fresh fruit salad and serve with a low fat yoghurt. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy pop some bananas in the skins wrapped in tin foil on the barbecue shelf and leave for 10 minutes. Once you unwrap them you’ll have a lovely delicious gooey banana dessert that’ll get all your guests left wanting more!
Lots of more information, recipes and equipment for an outdoor BBQ can be found on our website Garden Gift Shop