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Healthy Summer Cookout Ideas

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Summer time is right around the corner. Cookouts are one of the many things that people look forward to during the summer months. There typically are not a lot of healthy food choices available at cookouts. Fortunately, if you are hosting a cookout, then there are a number of healthy, delicious recipes that you can serve. Below are some healthy cookout recipes:

Roasted Corn And Red Pepper Salad

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional salad, then you should consider trying this one. One serving of roasted corn and red pepper salad only has 183 calories and 10 grams of fat. It also has four grams of fiber and four grams of protein. You will need two cored, seeded and halved red peppers, five tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of red wine vinegar, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, three thinly sliced scallions (white part only), ¼ cup of fresh, finely chopped cilantro, pepper, salt and 10 ears of fresh, husked corn. The first thing that you will need to do is preheat gas grill to medium. Oil grates and grill the peppers for 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the peppers to a bowl. Cover them and let them sit for 10 minutes. Remove the peppers from the bowl and scrape the skin away. Brush the corn with one tablespoon of olive oil and season it with pepper and salt. Grill the corn, turn it for about seven to 10 minutes or until it is charred lightly. Remove the corn from the heat and allow it to cool.

Whisk mustard and vinegar in a large bowl. Season it with pepper and salt. Add the remaining olive oil. Cut the corn from the cob and dice the peppers. Mix peppers, scallions, corn and cilantro in with the dressing. Toss. Season it with pepper and salt. Serve it at room temperature.

Veggie Burgers

Cookouts would not be the same without burgers. Veggie burgers are a great alternative to traditional burgers. You will need one can of kidney beans, ½ cup of rolled oats, one shredded carrot, one minced garlic clove, one teaspoon of salt and pepper, ¼ cup of finely chopped onions, two tablespoons of tomato paste and ½ cup of finely chopped mushroom. Blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Chill the mixture and then shape them into four patties. Broil the patties or grill them until they are done.

Vegetarian Baked Beans

Vegetarian baked beans are a great source of fiber and protein. You will need ½ cup of molasses, three cups of navy or pinto beans, one cup of tomato paste, one diced yellow onion, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and one cup of vegetable broth. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all of the ingredients together in a baking dish and mix well. Cover them and bake for about one hour.