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Yes, you can grill. (June 2016)
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Entertaining this summer? Check out my fit and flavorful summer entertaining recipes. Parties don't have to mean over-indulging when you've got my recipe arsenal on your side!

Summertime...and the grilling is easy.

June 2016

Happy Summer lsdjfd!

Yesterday I stared at my car dashboard and it said 116 degrees. When it gets to that point, dry heat doesn't mean anything to...it is HOT. A perk is that the coffee that I leave in my car before yoga class is still hot when I get back. Seriously, a ceramic mug can almost burn your lips in the AZ summer heat!

With this extreme heat, I'm all about grilling. It keeps your kitchen cool and clean. I'm obsessed. 

I know, I know...you're afraid of grilling. At least, that is what I mostly hear from the ladies. Guys seem to have had the grilling confidence instilled at an early age. 

I cook on a gas grill at home. Easy peasy. Turn on the gas, click the ignition switch, turn the knobs to medium-low or medium, and you're off to the races. Be sure you scrape the grill each time with a metal grill brush. And right before you put the food on the hot grates, lightly brush with oil. I like to use a folded paper towel dipped in canola oil, held with long grill tongs. Lay that food on the hotter part of the grill and don't mess with it until it is ready to flip, or if you want to show off and make perfect diamond-shaped grill marks (I do that sometimes!).

You barely need to add any fat to the food you grill either. Marinating your meats first or rubbing with spices will greatly reduce any potential carcinogens from forming on the meat.  

A few other points to keep in mind:
  • Larger pieces of food (like a pork shoulder) will require lower heat. Small pieces of food do better at higher heat, like medium-high, so you still get the grill marks.
  • A grill basket is a great tool to hold small pieces of food like mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes. Skewers are cute, but a grill basket will save you from fussing.
  • You can grill almost anything, including fruit. Pineapple tastes amazing from the grill.
In this issue, it is full of delish and nutrish grilling recipes, plus other dishes you can easily whip together this summer. Preferably eaten under a ceiling fan or in a summer breeze while wearing a slightly damp bathing suit.

Enjoy and have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Ciao,
- Michelle
XOXO
The Michelle File: My Latest Recipes
Avocado toast may be the quickest and simplest way to get that luscious, creamy avo-fix. And while it may be perfect for breakfast, lunch, and okay maybe even a mid-afternoon snack, a girl needs a little more for dinner. This 5-Ingredient Shrimp and Avocado Stir Fry requires only a handful of ingredients and comes together almost as quickly as your go-to toast. 
Fruit and veggie purees have come a long way, baby. Today’s baby food comes in a myriad of flavor combos, often sealed up in squeezable pouches. Perfect for independent little hands! And while purées may have originally been intended for your darling toothless cherub, these pouches are equally perfect for tossing in your diaper bag and your preschooler’s lunch box. Check my favorite flavor combos over on the blog!
Seasonally Obsessed
Chicken, fish, vegetables, even bread--you name it and I'm grilling it. I have tons of healthy grilling recipes over on the blog.

Looking for Fourth of July ideas? I've got your entire party covered with my Fit and Flavorful Fourth menu!
Michelle in News You Can Use
Doing that Vegan Thing? Just Don't Make These 5 Common Mistakes at Bon Appétit: Veganism is more than just passing on the animal products. I share my tips on how to make healthful food choice if and when you decide to take the vegan plunge. P.S. Personally, I am not vegan, but I have greatly increased plant intake over the last couple years, while reducing red meat.
Lose a Pound a Week: 3 Delicious Food Swaps on TheListTV: I can save you 500 calories a day with the simple food swaps I share with that nationally syndicated show The List.
More in the news:
20 Foods That Will Help You Slim Down for Summer, Women's Day
Portable Snacks & Mini Meals for Summer Travel, Radio MD
21 Unexpected Ways To Eat Fewer Carbs Without Even Noticing, SELF
Here’s What To Eat At The Backyard BBQ If You’re Trying To Eat Healthy, SELF
Clean Eating Podcast, Sound Bites
Behind the Scenes
Family travel plans this summer? I've already kick-started my vacation season with this DIY in-room hotel breakfast buffet. No need for pricey room service when you can take along your family favorites. Follow along with more of my behind-the-scenes life over on Instagram!
My book Clean Eating for Busy Families. Get yourself a copy, won't you?
 

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