Enjoy barbecuing at home or plan to host a BBQ for friends and family this weekend?
Forget meat when you next fire up the grill… lentil and veggie burgers add a tasty boost to outdoor fun, are quick, inexpensive and highly nutritious.
Check out our delicious grill-friendly vegetarian recipes, as well as some healthy tips for your next BBQ.
+ BBQ Recipes
- Magic Mushroom Caps
- Tofu Teff Burgers
- Lentil Loafer with Sweet Tomato Sauce
- Toasted Flatbread
- The Really Hungry Burger
- Smashed Beet Burger with Tahini Cream
- Chickpea Burgers
+ Eat your veggies
As an alternative to meats, try grilling vegetables such as carrots, capsicums, squash and mushrooms on a kabob skewer, after brushing them lightly with olive oil.
Bring Beans Quickly! Resistant starch in beans has been shown to reduce the risk of potentially cancer-causing chemicals in meats.
+ Watch your heat
Keep grilling temperatures low.
Use marinades to protect foods from burning.
Wrap foods in foil to protect them from smoke.
Don’t place food directly over the heat source (push coals to the sides of the grill once they are hot).
Place aluminium foil or a metal pan between food and the coals to catch dripping fats or oils and scrape off any charred parts of the food before consuming.
+ Begin as you intend to end… healthy
Start with a healthy salad and avoid high fat dressings and cheeses.
Finish with a fruit. Grilled stone fruits like peaches and mangoes make a delicious side or dessert. Watermelon is another delicious fruit to eat when barbequed.
+ Stay hydrated
Choose real juices or sparkling water over sugar-sweetened drinks, blends, beverages and cocktails.
If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount. Alcohol consumption has been linked to bowel cancer risk. Don’t assume that light beers are “light” in alcohol because many brands contain nearly as much alcohol as regular beer. To avoid alcohol, try non-alcoholic beers.
Mix it up to make water tastier and more fun with these naturally based flavourings.
+ Mind your meat
If you have meat-eating friends that choose to include red meat at the BBQ, limit the amount to no more than 70 grams cooked per day and consume very little if any processed meat.
Handle ground meats carefully because they are more perishable and more likely to cause food poisoning than other meats.
Partly cook meat inside to reduce cooking times on open flames, grills or BBQs.
When cooking burgers, check that they have reached an internal temperature of 71 degrees Celsius using a meat thermometer.