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Healthy BBQ food

Health and Wellbeing - Vegetables on the barbie
Health and Wellbeing – Vegetables on the barbie

Healthy BBQ Food

It can be very dull to have the same food every time you have a BBQ, so we asked our team for a few of their favourite recipes for us to share with you.

Half roast chicken with lemon and garlic
Take a piece of foil large enough to wrap around a half a chicken and lay sliced lemons, garlic and a splash of olive oil in the middle.  Turn the chicken so that it is the cut-side down and place it on top of the lemons.  Season the chicken with butter mixed with a pinch of paprika.  Throw in any herbs you have (basil is ideal) and pour the juice of half a lemon and a cup of white wine over the chicken.  Wrap it in a double layer of foil.  Make sure the coals are well spread across the BBQ and cook for around 20 minutes on each side.
Grilled sardines
Grill fresh sardines for a few minutes on each side and service with olives and tomato salad or homemade salsa, with fresh wholemeal or seeded bread.  Wash it down with homemade lemonade or chilled cider for a special treat.
Tuna steaks with corn on the cob and garlic bread
Prepare the garlic bread by spreading butter, crushed garlic and mixed herbs on a sliced baguette or ciabatta loaf.  Wrap the bread in foil and add to the edge of the BBQ for around 20 minutes, turning frequently.  In the meantime, blanch the corn on the cob by leaving it in boiled water for around 10 minutes.  Drain them and place in foil with a small amount of butter and seasoning and place them on the BBQ, rotating them slowly until cooked.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the corn after opening the foil and leave for 2 minutes to cool.  To cook the tuna, place on the hottest part of the BBQ for 3 minutes each side.  The tuna should be seared on the outside and medium in the centre.
Contact us for support on nutrition in your workplace and for more healthy ideas to inspire you this summer, look at the recipes on the NHS Change For Life website at

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