Mia told me tonight that I was “getting a little carried away with the grilling” and suggested that I go back to cooking food in the pan or oven. To add insult to injury, she also informed me that her dad was actually a better griller than I am – which is fine with me. You see, Mike’s grilling skills are actually one of the reasons we have such a good marriage. When we were dating, we ate dinner at my parent’s house a lot. My father would be grilling and my mother would be yelling instructions out the door “Flip the steaks now!”. It was then and there after dating only a few months that I turned to Mike and told him that if we were ever going to be married someday that he would have to become a “Grill Master”. Well, Mike’s grilling skills have reached perfection and here we are 16 years later happily married. But, looking back on those wonderful dinners with my parents, I can’t help but think the same thing over and over…..WHY didn’t I say, “Laundry Master”?
Grilled Chicken Cutlets: Tonight’s dinner took 10 minutes to cook.
- Took about 10 thin, small chicken cutlets and marinated them in a Ziploc bag with Fresh Market’s Anytime Marinade (it tastes like a mild BBQ sauce with only 6 ingredients).
- Grill chicken on a piece of tin foil for 5 minutes on High.
- Flip chicken and cook for an additional 5 minutes on Medium.
Grilled String beans
- Snap ends off fresh string beans and lay on a piece of tin foil.
- Toss with a little EV olive oil, ginger (powder), salt/pepper and 2 garlic cloves.
- Grill with chicken for 5 mins. on High and 5 mins. on Medium.
Corn on the Cob
- I boiled the corn because the kids don’t like grill marks on their corn. Boil for about 5-10 minutes.
- Try the new tool from Kitchen Capers that peels the corn off the cob for the kids (if they like that). Also, get the corn holders for the ends of the cob.
- What’s not to like about fresh corn with a little butter and salt?
- Tore pieces of Romaine and shredded a few carrots over the salad.
- Tossed with leftover Balsamic vinaigrette made the other night.
How Can the Kids Help?
- Help snap, cut with knife or use scissors to get ends off the string beans.
- Add ingredients and toss string beans (use hands).
- Teach how to (carefully) tear a piece of tin foil – depending on age. If young, teach about sharp edges.
- Help shuck the corn on the cob.
- Use hand grater to grate carrot into the salad.
- Barbecue Color By Number: http://images.hellokids.com/_uploads/_tiny_galerie/20090311/bbq-color-by-number-source_96t.jpg
- Minnie Mouse BBQ Coloring Page: http://disney-stationary.com/coloring-book/Minnie-Mouse/Minnie-Mouse-Barbeque-Coloring.jpg
Did You Know?
- One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca Cola.
- Ice-cream, marshmallows and ketchup all have corn products in them.
- Farmers make cows eat corn instead of grass so they will grow fatter, quicker. Read: http://www.foodrevolution.org/grassfedbeef.htm
- Show Kids Corn Growing on the Cob: http://youngmillionairegroup.com/blog/files/2009/11/corn_growing.jpg