Slimmed-Down Dogs

Hot dogs and sausages can be a guilty pleasure. When you occasionally indulge, look for ones with 2 to 6 grams of fat, or made from chicken, turkey, or veggies, without preservatives. Serve dogs on a whole wheat bun with these tasty, healthy toppings:

Diced avocado, red onion, and alfalfa sprouts
Diced tomatoes, thinly sliced scallions, and jalapeños
Shredded carrot, cilantro leaves, thinly sliced cucumber, and a squeeze of lime

Fish That Can Take the Heat

Salmon is almost a grilling tradition -- it cooks well on the grill because its oils keep it moist and help prevent sticking. For medium-rare fillets, cook them about 4 minutes on each side. Besides salmon, the best fish to grill are ones that can be cut thickly and cooked with the skin. Consider halibut, tuna, trout, and swordfish

Kebabs for Kids

Kebabs make fun finger food out of any meal, even dessert. Kids love the idea of food on a stick, so let them build their own. For safety, grill meat or fish, vegetables, and fruits on separate skewers. Bite-size chunks of tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, and onions are a good veggie combination.

Grill Fruit for a Delicious Dessert

Grilling intensifies the sweetness of strawberries, peaches, pineapples, bananas, apples, pears, and other fruit. Cut fruit into pieces and spear them on skewers. Or wrap the pieces in foil. The trick is to cook with indirect heat. Turn down the gas or place the fruit on the edges of the grate.  Cook the fruit only for a few minutes. Grill on low heat until it is hot and slightly golden

Grill-Worthy Veggies
  1. Grilling is a great way to cook vegetables. High temperatures and quick cooking times help preserve their nutrients. Slice them thinly or in chunks for kebabs. The best veggies for the grill are sturdy and develop sweet flavors:

Sweet peppers (6-8 minutes each side)
Onions (5-7 minutes each side)
Zucchini and other summer squash (5 minutes each side)
Corn (25 minutes)
Portabella mushrooms (7-10 minutes per side)
Romaine lettuce hearts (3 minutes per side)

Skewered Fish

Skewers are great for cooking whole small fish like fresh sardines, which are loaded with heart-healthy fats. You can easily grill several fish at once. Insert one skewer through each fish near the base of the head. Insert a second skewer near the tail. That holds the fish firmly in place, so they're easy to turn. Brush them and the rack lightly with olive oil and cook the fish, turning once, just until they flake easily

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