It's BBQ season + I couldn't be more excited! Not only does this mean amazing weather ahead + lots of outdoor time, but I will BBQ just about anything. You may think I am joking, but I can build a healthy meal by grilling every single piece of food I put on my plate, including dessert! (miss the segment? Here's the link!)

To keep it healthy, simple, + on-budget, I go for the 3 main ingredient meals. Vegetables as a base, a lean protein topper, with a creative sauce. I love doing different flavor profiles to keep things interesting! The veggies will help fill you up + keep you fuller longer while having fewer calories, + then, of course, the so fun to grill lean protein sources, but it is the sauces that I have a BLAST coming up with.

My meal composition for the show was as follows:

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple + Green Beans

  • Lee Kum Kee Hoison Sauce is my JAM! Marinading the lean pork tenderloin overnight with the sweet + tangy authentic Asian sauce makes for a fun tasting, unique meal. I partnered it with grilled green beans + pineapple. Viola! Amazingness on a plate.

BBQ Grilled Salmon with Grilled Asparagus + Potatoes

  • Bet you never thought to use BBQ sauce on Salmon! My dad taught me this as a kid + it is my FAVORITE meal ever. Healthy fat salmon with low-sugar BBQ sauce is an amazingly healthy go-to for the grill. 

Greek Chicken with Grilled Onions + Romaine (add tomatoes + olives)

  • Don't be basic! Chicken is standard, but adding in different sauces + combinations makes it oh-so-fun. I decided Greek-it-up- OPA! Grilled chicken served over grilled romaine lettuce, with heirloom cherry tomatoes, green olives, grilled onions, + a Cedar's Tzatsiki sauce that's yogurt-based, but tasty as all heck. YUM!

As if BBQ'ing as a topic isn't fun enough- check out how much fun I have on set!

Ashley Pettit