Grilling is the definition of summer food. This past week I was fortunate to be home in North Dakota where temps were in the 80s with clear skies. My mom put together this gorgeous backyard barbecue and invited friends and family over for an evening of catching up and fun. Instead of serving the pasta and jello salads you typically find at a BBQ, she stuck to simple, natural food. Here’s what she made to satisfy our crew of 11.
Clean Eating BBQ Menu
Entree: Grilled Steak and Chicken marinated in Balsamic Vinegar
Salad: Mixed Greens, Grilled Shrimp, Feta Cheese, Avocado, Slivered Almonds, and Blueberries with a simple Balsamic and Olive Oil Dressing
Side: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Onion and Garlic
Dessert: Grilled Pineapple and Fresh Watermelon
Drinks: Water or Crispin’ Hard Cider
My favorite part of the dinner was by far the grilled pineapple. This has become a staple at my mom’s whenever she barbecues. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a must! By grilling the fruit, it brings out its natural sweetness, making it the perfect ending to a meal.
What’s a barbecue without an ice cold beverage? Instead of beer, I typically go for a hard cider. Crispin’ is one of my favorite brands because their ciders are made from fresh pressed, unpasteurized pure apple juice, and don’t contain preservatives or added malt or sugar. They are simply all natural!
*With the exception of the feta cheese and the hard cider, this entire meal is Paleo and Whole30 friendly!
What’s your favorite healthy food to bring to a barbecue?