The warmer months are almost over in here in Australia, which means that it’s the ideal time get the BBQ out for one last hoorah. Grilling your meats and vegetables is a great way to create low-calorie meals without adding unnecessary oils, batters, or breads.
When you are in the thick of an Isagenix diet, you want your meals to fall between 400-600 calories. These five meal suggestions all come in under 600 calories, offering a delicious dish that you can enjoy without worrying about breaking your dietary restrictions.
1. Shish Kebabs
If you’re serving a family of picky eaters, there may not be a better dinner option for you than shish kebabs (also called kabobs). With the array of ingredients that can be skewered and grilled, you can give your diners options to choose what they want to include in their meal. Everything from sirloin steak to prawns is fair game, and you can add flavour to your skewers with healthy condiments like dijon mustard, vinaigrettes, and citrus juices. Set them on the grill for 10-15 minutes and serve with a refreshingly glass of lemon-infused water; it practically tastes likes summer!
2. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
We love lettuce wraps because they replace the empty calories found in a typical bun or bread roll. You can make a delicious, easy-to-eat dinner by grilling chicken breasts and dicing them before serving them in lettuce wraps with a flavourful sauce or glaze. Lettuce wraps are a popular menu item in many Asian restaurants, and you can recreate these flavors with peanut- or soy-based sauces. Experiment with healthy ingredients until you have the perfect sauce for your taste buds!
3. Portobello Burgers
This mouth-watering meal will satisfy both the vegetarians and meat lovers at your dinner table. Thick portobello mushrooms are a healthy, low-calorie replacement for high-fat beef patties. Big eaters will be happy to know that a grilled portobello mushroom is usually only around 30 calories; eat as many as you’d like without worrying about the consequences! We recommend garnishing your burger with sliced bell peppers, tomatoes, and lettuce.
4. Glazed Scallops
Fish is often the most overlooked food group when it comes to barbecues, eschewed in favor of pounds and pounds of red meat. However, a full rack of glazed scallops can be just as satisfying as your T-bone steak! Enhance the flavour of the scallops with some lemon pepper and a citrus glaze and enjoy. Keep a close eye on the grill so that the scallops don’t burn!
5. Grilled Corn with Herb Butter
Nothing tastes quite as much like summer as corn on the cob, and grilled corn is a low-calorie base to which you can add a few sinful extras. Use your grilled corn meal as an opportunity to indulge in some melted herb butter: the more herbs involved, the better. Chop up your summer yield of dill, tarragon, basil, and chives, and mix it in with a ½ cup of butter and some salt and pepper. Let the herb butter chill in the fridge before melting a pat on each ear of corn. Healthy eating never tasted so good!