Have a Guilt Free BBQ…TODAY!!

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peach BBQ salmonI cannot believe today is Labor Day – this summer flew by!!  It seems just like yesterday that I was planning on making lemon deserts, grilled summer squash and strawberry everything.  As you know by now The Hubby also loves summer, especially since he now LOVES to grill.  If you look back over my summer posts will you find lots of his grilling musts from the summer, but he has said that this BBQ Salmon was definitely one of his favorites.

With all the grilling The Hubby was doing we decided that we needed to take on the Homemade BBQ Challenge and decided to make a fruit BBQ sauce that would be great on fish, chicken or pork  and this Peach BBQ Sauce turned out great!!  It is a little sweet, a bit of peachy goodness, some spice and the right amount of smoke in each bite…it is PERFECT for a guilt free BBQ!!

 We chose to use salmon for our guilt free BBQ but you could also do some chicken breasts, small skinless thighs or another fish and this BBQ sauce will still be perfect.  Pair your choice of meat with some of these grilled veggies  and you will not only have a delicious meal, but also a beautiful one!!

I hope your Labor Day is filled with lots of fun, memories and some guilt free BBQ!!

 

Grilled BBQ Salmon
Serves 4
A delicious grilled salmon with just the right amount of Peach BBQ Sauce, it has a little sweet, a little smoke and a touch of heat
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 - 4-5 oz Skinless Salmon Filets
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 2 tsp pepper
  4. 2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/2 cup Peach BBQ Sauce (I posted a great recipe last week, or your favorite brand, I love the peach with the salmon)
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Lay a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil over grill grates
  3. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper & garlic powder
  4. Evenly sprinkle seasoning combination on both sides of each salmon filet
  5. Place salmon on foil and let cook for 5 minutes
  6. Flip salmon and brush with BBQ sauce
  7. Let salmon cook for 5-7 minutes, flip once more and brush sauce on second side, cooking for 1-2 minutes
  8. Remove and let rest for 2-3 minutes
  9. Serve with additional sauce for dipping
  10. ENJOY!!
Each salmon filet is 4 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 261 Calories from Fat 85 Total Fat 9.5g Saturated Fat 2.8g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 1763mg Potassium 94mg Total Carbohydrates 13.0g Dietary Fiber 0.6g Sugars 8.5g Protein 2.2g
  3. Vitamin A 2% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 1% - Iron 2%
  4. Nutrition Grade D
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Make today (or any day) a Guilt-Free Day with this great BBQ Salmon!!

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 Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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 BBQ PorkThe Hubby cannot stop grilling.  I am loving it because it means my oven is not on and the house is not being heated up.  As much as he loves to grill, pork chops have been a little bit of a problem for him.  Sometimes he will grill them and they are perfect but other times they will be dry and flavorless…well this time he hit it out of the ballpark, especially when he used our Homemade BBQ Sauce we made earlier in the week.  The sauce adds just a bit of sweetness and also helps create a nice crust on the edges as it grills.  If you are not up to making your own BBQ sauce then use your favorite bottled sauce…a sweet one is best for sure.

When I tasted these pork chops and realized how juicy and delicious they were I asked him what was different and he said it was all about the pork chop he chose.  These were center cut pork chops and were trimmed to make them very lean.  They were pretty thick, and  I could only eat 1/2 and I was full.  By grilling them The Hubby was able to sear them first and then slow cook them so that the juices were kept in, keeping the pork chop tender and very moist. 

If pork chops are not a favorite substitute chicken for the pork.  The seasonings combined with the BBQ sauce would help create a great BBQ chicken that would be perfect for an end of summer dinner.   Just remember to not overcook the chicken as it will cook faster than pork.

BBQ Pork Chops
Serves 4
A perfect BBQ pork steak slathered in your favorite BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 - 6oz Center Cut Pork Chops
  2. 2 tsp salt
  3. 2 tsp pepper
  4. 2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 2 tsp chili powder
  6. 1 cup Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce (or you favorite bottle brand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Remove chops from refrigerator and place on a plate or cutting board while you preheat the grill to medium high heat, we want to take some of the chill off of the chops
  3. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder & chili powder
  4. Season all sides of each chop, making sure to get the sides, with the seasoning mix
  5. Place chops on grill and let cook for 3-4 minutes, or long enough to get some char marks
  6. with each flip
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and let pork chops cook slowly, flipping every once in a while and basting with your BBQ Sauce each flip
  8. Remove and let sit for 5-10 minutes to let juices redistribute before serving
  9. Serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping
  10. ENJOY!!
Each chop is 8 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 318 Calories from Fat 67 Total Fat 7.5g Saturated Fat 2.3g Cholesterol 84mg Sodium 2043mg Potassium 313mg Total Carbohydrates 30.2g Dietary Fiber 1.6g Protein 36.3g
  3. Vitamin A 10% - Vitamin C 8% - Calcium 2% - Iron 12%
  4. Nutrition Grade D+
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Celebrate the end of summer with these Grilled BBQ Pork Chops…it will be something to remember for sure!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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parm tilapiaEach week I try to have fish on the menu at least once.  Sometimes it is salmon, sometimes it is tilapia, grouper might show up every once in a while, maybe even some red fish…but for The Hubby tilapia and salmon are the favorites.  The challenge is making it new and exciting and not just the same old broiled fished with some lemon squeezed on it.  So I have been trying some new toppings and we have found a winner for sure…Parmesan cheese.  OK, ok I know this is not a new topping that has never been done, but it is new for The Hubby.

You see, Parmesan Cheese has been an ingredient that has taken some time for The Hubby to embrace.  When I first started adding it to dishes where he could see it, he wasn’t so impressed.  He couldn’t really pinpoint what the problem was, he just knew it wasn’t his favorite…but over time I have won him over, and now he asks for it.  I love how time can change things, especially your taste buds.

A fun twist for this tilapia is we grilled it.  As I have mentioned before The Hubby and I are loving our new grill and we are grilling everything we can, so tilapia was the next challenge.  The spice combo combined with the grill gives the fish a nice taste and then with a hint of parmesan in each bite it becomes the perfect bite.  The beauty of this delicate fish is it will take on whatever flavors you throw at it, making it one of the most versatile fish there is.

 

Grilled Parmesan Tilapia
Serves 4
A grilled tilapia with just a touch of parmesan cheese
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 - 5 oz tilapia filets
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp pepper
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp chili powder
  6. 2 tsp parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat, and place a fish mesh grilling basket on grill or a layer of foil over grill grates to cook fish on
  2. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder
  3. Sprinkle seasoning evenly over fish on both sides
  4. Place in grill basket or on foil
  5. Cook fish for 3-4 minutes and then carefully flip fish
  6. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over each filet and close lid of grill and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes or until fish is cooked through, and flaky
  7. Remove from grill and serve immediately
  8. ENJOY!!
Each filet is 5 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 195 Calories from Fat 42 Total Fat 4.7g Saturated Fat 1.9g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 85mg Sodium 1155mg Potassium 560mg Total Carbohydrates 1.3g Protein 37.5g
  3. Vitamin A 4% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 5% - Iron 8%
  4. Nutrition Grade C-
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Summer may be winding down but you still have some time to fire up the grill and enjoy this Grilled Parmesan Tilapia…it makes tilapia fun once again!!!

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 Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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