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Healthy BBQ tips for summer - recipes

There's more to barbecue than burgers and steaks. Check out these healthy BBQ tips and recipes from University of Colorado Health wellness dietician Sarah Morales as featured on a recent Healthy U Tips video.


  • When preparing vegetable skewers, use your favorite seasonal vegetables and cut each piece the same size so it cooks evenly.
  • Look for simple ingredients when buying a marinade. This means the ingredient list is short, uses plant-based oils, and no high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Try using a vegetable basket when you grill vegetables.  It is an easy way to retain the natural flavors from the grill and keep the veggies from fall through the cracks.
  • To make your own, simple marinade use the following ingredients: Plant-based oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper, and a little lemon or lime juice.
  • Try grilling large pieces of fruit (like pineapple).  Grilling fruit enhances natural sweetness and flavors and can make a very tasty dessert. 
  • Stay away from the heavy potato salad.  Fill your plate with lower calorie fruits and veggies to complement your meal.  A nice salad with fruit and a little cheese is a great side for summer (see recipe below).
  • Place heavier, dense vegetables (like beets) in foil when grilling.  These types of root vegetables take a bit longer to cook, and with a little olive oil, can taste amazing when grilled in a foil pouch.


Spicy Orange & Cilantro marinade

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon orange marmalade

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt to taste

(Recipe for 1 pound of chicken breast, fish, shrimp, tofu, or 2-3 cups of vegetables)

Marinade for 1 hour, to overnight.


Easy Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with Red Pepper & Parmesan

2 Portabello mushroom caps

1/2 cup red and/or yellow peppers, thickly sliced

2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing of your choice

Salt and pepper to taste

2 teaspoons fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

Marinate peppers and mushroom for at least an hour

Grill, and after peppers have cooled, dice and sprinkle peppers on top of mushrooms along with 1 tsp of parmesan cheese on each.


Red, White and Blue Salad

4-6 cups of mixed salad greens

1 cup blueberries and "red" berries of your choice (strawberries, raspberries)

1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese

Light balsamic dressing of your choice

Easy to assemble: top salad greens with berries and sprinkle with feta cheese.


Tips and recipes provided by Sarah Morales, a wellness dietician from University of Colorado Health. To see her video on healthy BBQ for the summer, go to


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