Spring is here (we’ve even had a few days that felt like summer!) and suddenly it’s the time of year when your dinners can transform. Instead of heavy soups, stews, and baked casseroles, meal prep moves outside for grilling. I have three favorite things about grilling. One, there’s less prep and ingredients. Most meats, vegetables, and potatoes can be made on the grill with very little pre-planning or fuss. Two, the outdoor assembly results in less indoor mess– scraping down the grill is a lot easier than washing a sink full of pots and pans. And three, my husband loves to BBQ (most guys do, it seems) which means I can keep busy indoors while he handles the cooking outside. As a side note, most grilled items are naturally gluten-free, which is a plus. Score!


A Simple BBQed dinner

The other night, my husband offered to run to the grocery store on his way home from work so that he could BBQ dinner. He snagged salmon, a bag of baby peppers, and some avocados. I made a quick rub for the salmon, a pot of Spanish rice, and dinner was done.

Quick Salmon Rub

1/4 c soy sauce or coconut aminos (La Choy soy sauce is gluten free, although we prefer Coconut Secret coconut aminos)
2 T brown sugar

Combine well until sugar is dissolved, and brush on salmon before and during grilling. Peppers grill well on an upper rack, if available, or over a low flame.  This goes well with grilled vegetables, a green salad, or a pasta salad.

Planning a quick, healthy outdoor meal doesn’t have to be complicated or require a lot of clean-up.  Enjoy the ease of summer BBQs and spend your extra time with friends and family.  We followed our dinner with a family game night on the deck and watched the sun set as we relaxed together.  How we missed the sunshine!

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