Thursday, June 14, 2012

A little help from my friends

"I get by with a little help from my friends" -The Beatles 

I was trying to plan my meals for the week while my kids were napping today with the plan to go grocery shopping after they got up, but when I got out my trusty meal planning worksheet, I drew a blank. 

What are we going to eat this week? 

Just because I have a great way to plan meals, does not mean that it makes it any easier to come up with meals to plan for.  This is one task that I sometimes HATE!  I get bored easily and don't want to eat the same thing week after week.  I am already getting sick of hamburgers and hot dogs and summer hasn't even officially started yet.

So I decided to get a little help from my friends (Facebook friends that is), and help they did!  Within minutes of posting that I was in search of some new grilling meals, I had 2 great ideas and after just a few hours, I had 10 meal ideas that had my mouth watering!  After just a quick search online, I had come up with a couple ideas on my own too.

Since my friends were so good to me, I decided to pay it forward and share those ideas with you!  Here is a list of some good grilling meals to help you get through the summer, straight from Facebook...thanks guys!
  • McCormick chipotle marinated either pork chops or chicken breast.  (Any of the McCormick seasoning packets are really tasty.)
  • Lots of veggies grilled on skewers and served on a bed of quinoa.  I also add Better than Bouillon veggie flavored paste to the water to give the quinoa a little extra flavor. You can add butter and fresh basil and asiago cheese to it once it's cooked for a delicious treat!
  • Grilled flank steak with grilled onions and peppers. Add some tortillas and beans and a little cheese or sour cream and you have fajitas--from the grill!
  • Pork ribs with BBQ sauce
  • Honey mustard grilled chicken with vegetables
  • I'm into fish tacos now! A little fish goes a long way if you stuff the tortillas w/ black beans and red cabbage :) I rub the fish w/ Cajun seasoning and grill on a cedar plank. It cooks quickly and it's fun outdoor picnic food :)
  • Beer can chicken
  • Teriyaki chicken on a stick
  • Marinate a boneless pork tenderloin then grill...done in no time.
  • Balsamic and olive oil portobellos on the grill
  • Hawaiian chicken kabobs - We had these tonight and they were delicious!  I added the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple to the marinade, yum!  I also marinated the chicken and pineapple separately and then used the marinade from the pineapples to make a "gravy" of sorts by adding a bit of corn starch to it and heating it up on the stove top. 
  • Grilled chicken and veggie salad
  • Provolone stuffed pork chops with balsamic vinaigrette
Happy grilling!  I hope you find something new to try and I hope you like it enough to add it to your grilling recipe arsenal.  Feel free to comment with a few of your own ideas!
"I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends" -The Beatles

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