Most people plan to grill lots of red meat and poultry for their Labor Day cookouts, but there are healthier choices that taste just as great and you won't have to listen to your arteries harden.
Even people who don't particularly care for fish will enjoy the different flavors that grilling can bring out in this much better option than steaks, hot dogs, sausage or pork.
Purchase wild-caught salmon, tuna fillets, rainbow trout or grouper. Spray aluminum foil with oil and place the fish on the foil. Cup the edges of the foil and pour a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice over the fish. Add other seasoning to taste and place the foil on the grill. Cover and grill until the fish is fork tender. Serve while the fish is warm.
Vegetables are best when they aren't overcooked. Many vegetables taste great when grilled. Wash corn-on-the-cob, bell peppers, new potatoes, red onion and zucchini and wrap them in foil. Place on the grill, cover and cook until desired tenderness. Use an olive oil and lemon juice mixture as a dipping sauce.
Eggplant, portabella mushrooms, yellow squash and red onions are great grilled together in foil. The foil allows the vegetables to steam inside, while acquiring that wonderful grilled aroma.
Try stuffing extra-large sweet banana peppers with a rice and tomato filling and wrapping them in foil for the grill. Bell peppers are also good stuffed and grilled. If meat is desired as part of the stuffing, consider ground lamb or extra-lean ground sirloin. Used as a stuffing, you can get by with using less.
Make sure all vegetables are washed in a solution of one-part vinegar to three-parts water before grilling. This should remove any contaminants or causes of food poisoning.
If poultry is used for part of the meal, be sure to remove the skin and wash the chicken parts in the vinegar/water solution to remove the salmonella bacteria before grilling.
Fruits like fresh peaches, bananas, pears and apples make a sweet treat when grilled in foil. Eat them warm or cool slightly before adding to homemade ice-cream.
The healthier the Labor Day menu, the better the body will feel after the feast is over. Foods that are too heavy make a person feel sluggish and not a lot like hiking or playing touch football later.