Fourth of July is here and burgers sizzling on a hot grill is practically the American dream, but with so many people watching their weight, the typical high-fat beef burger is no longer the best barbecue option.
Not only are typical burgers high in saturated fat and calories, but the toppings people use to dress them, like bacon and cheese, can be calorie bombs themselves. With seafood, chicken and vegetables offering a lower-fat and calorie option, there is no shortage of grill fare to choose from when it’s time to plan your next party.
The book Burger Parties by James McNair and Jeffrey Starr (Ten Speed Press) offers a variety of party menus centered around burger recipes, including beef alternatives like chicken burgers with jicama slaw an swordfish burgers with tangy apple tartar sauce.
This year, when you’re grilling to celebrate your favorite patriotic holiday, opt for something lighter than the traditional burger. Look to different protein options, such as chicken, fish, turkey and tofu to fill your menu.
Grilled Turkey Kebabs a la King: Help dispel the myth that turkey is just for Thanksgiving. With less than 200 calories, you can prepare these in no time at all and wow your friends and family with your skills on the grill.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Deli Flats by We Are Not Martha: Chicken is a lean meat that easily absorbs the flavors of marinades and spice rubs. This simple, healthy chicken sandwich is perfect for picnic lunches and low-key barbecues.
Marinated Beef Kabobs from Kalyn’s Kitchen: If you’re following a low-carbohydrate diet, opt for a simple marinated beef dish that will pair well with salads and vegetables for alfresco dining.
Grilled Tofu Stacks with Pesto & Grilled Vegetables from Cookin’ Canuck: If you’re cutting down on your meat intake this summer, try a tofu dish that’s even more delicious than any steak or burger.
July 4th, 2011