Healthy Grilling Tips

Grilling is one of the best and healthiest ways to prepare a huge variety of food, especially if you use a grilling machine. It allows any fat that’s in the food to run off during cooking, meaning you’re taking in less fat and calories yet you’re still eating delicious food – and best of all, you’re not depriving yourself at all.

George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling machines are without a doubt the most famous grilling machines you can buy, although there is other ‘own brands’ out there. Look for non-stick grilling plates and a slanted machine that allows the fat to run off and then you’re good to go. You can also use a simple non-stick griddle pan – just be sure to use a low-calorie oil spray to cook with and drain the fat from the food on some kitchen paper before eating.

What Foods Can I Grill?

You can grill most foods – fresh vegetables, chicken breasts, beef steaks, tuna steaks, turkey breasts – most food that you can cook in a frying pan can be cooked in a grilling machine or in a griddle pan. Slice all vegetables relatively thinly – around 3-4mm and they will cook in around 2-3 minutes. Chicken and turkey take around 13 minutes in a grilling machine and beef steaks take up to ten minutes, depending on how you like your steak.

Quick Grilling Recipes

A lot of the time, the simplest way of preparing food is the tastiest. Here’s a quick grilled curry chicken recipe that takes just minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 200g natural yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp. curry powder
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Mix the yoghurt with the curry powder and some salt and pepper until smooth. Cover the chicken with the mixture and leave to marinate in the fridge for a few hours until you’re ready to eat. Once you’re ready, remove any excess marinade form the chicken and place it on the grilling machine on a medium heat. Cook for around 7 minutes on either side and serve with a salad and some potato wedges.

Steak is one of the tastiest foods that you can prepare in a grilling machine. Try this simple soy steak recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 4 fillet steaks
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. hot chilli flakes

Preparation:

Finely slice the garlic cloves and mix into the soy sauce along with the chilli flakes. Pour the marinade over the steak and leave to marinade for a few hours. Once you’re ready to cook the steaks, remove any excess marinade and place into a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to the boil and cook for five minutes or so to make a sauce. Place the steaks onto the griddle pan and cook for 3-8 minutes on each side, depending on how rare you like your meat.

Fruit can be easily prepared in a grilling machine or a griddle pan to make a tasty dessert. Try this simple grilled pineapple recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 3 tbsp. chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp. sugar

Peel and core the pineapple. Slice it into 4mm slices and place onto the grilling machine for 1-2 minutes on each side. Finely chop 3 tbsp. of mint and mix with 3 tbsp. of white sugar. Sprinkle the mixture onto the grilled pineapple to serve.

As you can see, there are so many things you can do with a grilling machine or griddle pan – they’re really one of the best items that you can have in your kitchen. If you have a grill function on your oven, you don’t even need to buy either of those items – you can simply place food onto the grill pan that comes with the oven and cook as normal.