So how do you make a BBQ look interesting, be healthy and very importantly appeal to the non-meat eaters? As a pecetarian I eat some fish but no meat, so BBQ’s are usually the worst place for me. I end up with the choice of a bun or some corn. Maybe some iceberg lettuce that they’ve thrown in for good measure. A cucumber slice if I’m lucky.
For a filling meal the answer is sides, plenty of them, in a colourful, nutrient rich variety. Think rainbow bean salad, chilli beans, mint and lemon quinoa for a refreshing Summer dish, marinated lentils. It goes on…
Now I must admit, a bowl of beans is not very enticing to some, so who about some pretty bite-sized sides? ones that require a little more time but look very impressive.
Instead of a bowl of chopped tomatoes how about cherry tomato, avocado and basil skewers? very simply cut the tomato in half and add a chunk of avocado and a snippet of basil, alternatively swap the avocado for mozzarella!
Olives are a great side and packed with good fats essential for healthy cells. Make your own marinade with finely chopped garlic,finely sliced spring onions, basil and a little extra virgin olive oil. Add chillies or sundried tomatoes for an injection of colour.
For a real fresh antioxidant bite try these pomegranate, avocado, tomato and basil boats on a little gem lettuce leaf drizzled with some lemon, for a post BBQ palette cleanse. Add goats cheese or feta and crumble some walnuts on top.
I made BBQ blackened cod on steamed spinach with broccoli and seared asparagus with the addition of the bite-sized sides. My son loved them, especially the small tomato skewers, there’s lots of combinations you could make with these whether you add meat or not.
They’re the perfect bite-sized treat guaranteed to impress.