BLOG: Barbeque season is well underway as we move into August. Grilling outdoors is often a quicker, more simple method of cooking. More importantly, recipes usually contain fewer calories, fat and cholesterol than their fried counterparts. And is it just me, or is there something about food that just tastes better when it’s freshly grilled?
Cooking outdoors can keep your house cooler in the summer months, so try making breakfast and lunch on the grill as well. Check out the recipes below for a fresh and local barbeque breakfast – using Stewart’s farm fresh eggs and milk.
Every one of Stewart’s eggs comes straight from Thomas’ Poultry Farm in Schuylerville, NY, making them just as fresh as the carton at the farmers’ market. But unlike the farm, Stewart’s is located in every neighborhood; meaning you can fire up the grill for farm-fresh food whenever you like! Even breakfast!
Stewart’s Breakfast on the Grill
Simply Grilled Two Egg Omelet Ingredients: 2 Farm-Fresh Stewart’s Eggs ¼ C Stewart’s low fat milk 2 Tbsp Stewart’s Shredded Cheese
Instructions: 1. Preheat the grill fully before beginning so that flames are low when grilling. 2. Break eggs into a bowl. Add milk and whisk together for 30 seconds. 3. Coat a cast iron pan with cooking sprat and place in center of the grill. Pour egg mixture in center and close lid of grill for one minute. 4. Once bottom of omelet is set, flip over once with a spatula. 5. Sprinkle cheese onto the top of the omelet and then fold in half. 6. Flip the omelet once more until fully cooked. Serve warm.
Summertime Grilled French Toast Ingredents: 2 Slices Stewart’s Whole Wheat Bread 1 Farm Fresh Stewart’s Egg ¼ C Stewart’s low fat milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions: 1. Preheat grill before beginning so that flames are low when grilling. 2. In a small bowl break egg. Add milk and vanilla and whisk together. 3. Dip bread into the egg mixture before placing on aluminum foil. 4. Sprinkle cinammon atop the bread and place on grill. 5. Cover and grill for one or two minutes. 6. Uncover and flip toast, grilling for 30 more seconds.
Make sure to follow these tips for better grilling to keep your body and your taste buds happy! • Use a meat thermometer: Aim to cook foods to a safe temperature (165F for poultry or ground meats, 145F for red meat) However, avoid charring or cooking beyond this point as overcooked foods lose their nutritional value and fresh flavor. • Flavor your meat. Marinating in oils, vinegars, herbs and spices provides antioxidants that can prevent dangerous carcinogens from entering your food. Try using a ¼ cup of Stewart’s Orange Juice as a tangy marinade and healthy twist on grilled chicken. • Grill Everything! Cooking outdoors is a great way incorporate healthy meat recipes, but don’t forget to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other forms of protein as well. To make sure you are getting a balanced diet try grilling fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets.
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.