After a long, drawn out winter, summer is finally upon us! BBQ season is underway and it is time to get creative with some healthy, fuss-free marinades for simple summer grilling.
These 5 delicious recipes offer gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and all round healthier choices to keep everyone satisfied this summer.
Coffee Rubbed Sirloin Steak
A super easy, very tasty and takes just minutes to prep. You can rub the steaks ahead of time and freeze or let the delicious flavours soak in an marinade for an hour before grilling.
1 tablespoon ground coffee
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Turmeric Grilled Chicken
Whether you love Thai spices and flavors or are just looking for a new twist to your everyday grilled chicken, this recipe is for you. It is full of flavor, quick and easy to make, and with turmeric on the menu, you know it's got to be good!
½ cup cilantro/coriander leaves and roots, washed
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 cup garlic cloves
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Asian Fish Sauce
2 tablespoons coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce (or Tamari)
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
Sweet Teriyaki Salmon
Most varieties of Teriyaki sauce available in grocery stores are full of preservatives and artificial ingredients, and many homemade versions call for a long list of ingredients that can be overwhelming when you want to put a quick yet delicious meal together. Make things easy on yourself using just these 6 ingredients:
1/4 cup liquid aminos or soy sauce
1/4 cup coconut sugar or agave nectar
Juice of half a lemon
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons onion powder
An inch of ginger
Lemon Herb Tofu
If you’re looking for a light yet indulgent flavor profile for your tofu, look no further than this lemon-herb marinade. It’s easy to make and will make your kitchen smell fabulous while the tofu soaks on your counter. Put everything in a small blender and mix on high until well combined and creamy. If you can’t use a blender, replace the dates with a liquid sweetener and mix the concoction by hand.
Juice of 2 lemons
4 Medjool dates
2 handfuls of fresh herbs or 2 tablespoons of dried Italian herbs
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic
A pinch of salt and pepper
This marinade works really well on pork or chicken. The pineapple and apple cider vinegar tenderises and sweetens the meat. Let the mixture sit for a good 15 minutes to let the fruity, tangyness fully develop, before coating the meat and marinading for 2-8 hours.
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
wedge of lime for garnish