Guilt-Free Grill-Out Recipes

Guilt-Free Grill-Out Recipes

Finally, spring is here, and your friends are having a cookout. But what can you take that won’t cause the crowd to cringe or you to fall off the weight-loss wagon? These Guilt-Free Grill-Out recipes are sure to keep you in check and please even the toughest crowds. For more, check out these Tips for Staying Health This Grilling Season.

Turkey Sliders

  • 1-pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 tablespoons pepperoncini peppers
  • 8 water rolls



  1. Combine ground turkey, chopped onion, mint, salt & pepper, softened cream cheese, and garlic.
  2. Form 8 patties.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Add patties; cook 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Top with 2 tablespoons of pepperoncini peppers, serve on water rolls



Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Rollups

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ cup blue cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • 4 (6-inch) whole wheat tortillas



  1. In a medium bowl, combine the blue cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and the cheddar cheese
  2. Toss in chicken with ½ cup buffalo wings sauce.
  3. Lay tortilla out on a plate and spread an even layer of chicken and cheese mixture all the way to the edges (about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture).
  4. Roll up tortilla tightly and place on a plate and then repeat until all the ingredients have been used
  5. Pop into the fridge to chill for 2 hours
  6. Slice each rolled tortilla off the ends and set aside.
  7. *Make sure your tortillas are at room temperature before you roll them so they are nice and flexible.
  8. *Smaller tortillas may be used. However, you will need to adjust the amount of chicken and cheese mixture you add to each tortilla.


(Source: Sugar Apron)


Cowboy Caviar

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (11 ounce) can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro



  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, chili powder, and salt
  2. Add tomatoes, black-eyed peas, beans, corn, red onion and bell pepper. Stir to combine
  3. Stir in cilantro. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or overnight to blend flavors. Serve chilled or at room temperature with whole wheat tortilla chips or crackers.


Tip: add in diced avocado just before serving to add in health fats and make the texture creamier.

(Source: Culinary Hill)


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