Keeping healthy habits throughout the summer can be easy if you do a little planning ahead . Here are a few tips to help you healthfully navigate your summer menus .
1 . Load up on in-season vegetables :
Squash , cucumbers , tomatoes and green beans are abundant this time of year . the are low calorie and filling . Pre-meal snacking on these is great to help curb our appetite.
2 . Cook once and eat several times :
If you are going to fire up the grill , you might as well get the most bang for you buck . Cook hamburgers for today , some chicken for lunch salads this week , vegetables for breakfast omelets , and so forth . Get creative with your menu planning .
3 . Use different marinades :
To keep leftovers from seeming repetitive . Use light-tasting vinaigrettes for meats you plan to use in salads and more savoy ones for entree meats .
4 . Make your side with a fruit , vegetable or plant based foods :
A cool three bean salad or simple sliced cucumbers make a healthful and flavorful dish .
Grilled Garden Vegetables and Smoked Sausage
Prep / Total Time: 50 minutes Makes 6 servings
1 regular size package Eckrich® Smoked Sausage
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded, quartered
1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded, quartered
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded, quartered
1 large summer squash, halved lengthwise
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 large sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (Do not separate into rings)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato dressing
1 . Spray cold grate of outdoor grill with grilling spray. Prepare grill for medium heat. Brush bell peppers, squash, zucchini and onions with oil. Place vegetables and sausage on grate of grill; cover grill with lid.
2 . Grill 12 minutes, or until sausage is heated through and vegetables are crisp-tender, turning after 6 minutes.
3 . Remove sausage and vegetables from grill; cut into large pieces.
4 . Place sausage and vegetables on large platter. Drizzle with dressing. Serve warm.
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