Dust the cobwebs off that barbecue: it's time to grill!

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by HylaryL

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to clear the cobwebs off the barbecue and get to grilling! This fun outdoor cooking method offers up plenty of new opportunities for chefs to experiment with different flavors and techniques, but also has some health benefits as well.

According to an article published by Botsford Hospital at Michigan State University, there are four major health benefits you derive from grilling your food. The first is that grilling allows fat to drip from meats while they’re cooking, causing them to burn off instead of winding up on your plate. The second benefit is that grilling can create truly moist and tender meat, reducing the need to add oils, sauces and other condiments that pack on calories. A third benefit of grilling is that grilled vegetables retain more vitamins and minerals when grilled versus being cooked in oil or butter. This is also true for meats which retain more of the vitamins riboflavin and thiamine when they are grilled, giving you more nutrition per bite!

Remember that just because something is cooked on the grill, however, doesn’t automatically mean it is healthy for you. Slathering up chicken or steak with barbecue sauce, adding sour cream or cheese can add a lot of calories to your meal. For the best results, season grilled meats with herbs, spices or lemon juice…delicious and healthy!

Not sure where to start on your grilling adventure? Reserve your copy of one of the many books specifically dedicated to grilling that we own in the Santa Clara County Library District. A list of suggestions is below, but there are lots more! Happy grilling!

Charred & Scruffed

Charred & Scruffed (2012)
by Adam Perry Lang

Best-selling author and chef Adam Perry Lang offers up new techniques to reimagine grilling. Also included are delicious side dishes to accompany your grilled creations!

Grilling Chicken and Veggies

Grilling Chicken and Veggies (2012)

Developed by editors at Creative Homeowner in partnership with Char-Broil, this book will help you grill, barbecue, and cook chicken and vegetable main courses plus appetizers and salads—even desserts—that will have family and friends licking their fingers.

Grilling Vegan Style

Grilling Vegan Style (2012)
by John Schlimm

Grilling Vegan Style serves up backyard cooking and entertaining like never before. Running the gamut from plant-based appetizers, salads, sides, kabobs, and burgers to main dishes, desserts, and, of course, cocktails, John Schlimm also demonstrates the art of grilling faux meats, with key info on everything you need for proper heat and the best taste.

Easy Grilling

Easy Grilling (2011)

With over 100 easy-to-follow recipes from marinades, to meats to desserts, this book covers all the classics and will make sure your grilled meals are delicious!


Grilling (2011)

Contains 275 indoor and outdoor grilling recipes, including panini, pizzas, burgers, and more; and provides advice on techniques.


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