Lower-Calorie Barbecue & Picnic Foods Recipes

Source: Laurel Wright
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Campfire Chicken (credit: Laurel Wright)

Campfire Chicken (credit: Laurel Wright)

Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to barbecue with family and friends. However, it’s also a day where many will consume more than 2,000 calories at one meal. While summertime comes with food temptations that can sabotage good intentions for healthy eating, check out these lower-calorie alternatives to popular barbecue and picnic foods.


Campfire Chicken Recipe

Chicken halves
Baby Red potatoes
Red onions
Baby carrots
Corn on the Cob
Tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
Spices of your choice

This recipe requires one piece of heavy duty aluminum foil for each person eating.

Salt, pepper and spice the pieces of foil. Place a chicken half meaty side down in the spices. Arrange potatoes, carrots, and corn on the cob around the chicken. Cut onions and tomatoes into wedges or slices, whichever you prefer, and place on top.

Close the aluminum foil well so all juices stay contained.

Grill or bake foil pouch in a 325°F oven until tender.

The slower you cook this dish, the more tender and flavorful it will be.

Campfire Turkey Veggie Dinner

On heavy duty aluminum foil layer the following:

Swiss chard, several leaves
2 turkey thighs, seasoned with salt and freshly ground pepper
¾ cloves of garlic, cut in pieces
large chunks of onion
4-5 carrots, cut in half
7-8 cherry tomatoes
1 bunch green beans
Place potatoes around edges

Place foil packet on a cookie sheet in a 350°F oven. Cook for about 1 ½ hours. (This dish can also be cooked at a very low heat on the grill.) At about 1 hour and 15 minutes into the cooking time, open the packet and check doneness of the meat. Put remaining swiss chard on top and reseal, cooking for another 15 minutes or until meat is done.

Cabbage Salad

1 head of green cabbage, shredded finely or 1 bag pre-shredded coleslaw
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, cut in tidbits
1 package of fat free feta cheese (1 ½ oz is an A choice), small dice
4 Tablespoons rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons fat free poppyseed dressing or balsamic dressing
Black pepper and salt to taste

Mix together and serve!

Mocha Ricotta Crème

3 oz part-skim Ricotta cheese
½ tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 packet Splenda
dash of cinnamon

Mix together and put into a dessert bowl. Serve chilled with a brownie and strawberry. Serves one.

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