BBQ Apricot Chicken
I like to make baked chicken because it really retains the flavors. In this scenario I did not make my own BBQ sauce, but I did "doctor" it up with apricots. Baked fruit really add a sweet component to anything with a little spice. This is an easy dish you can make and serve with any side dish you like. I served this with fresh sweet corn, and it would also go well with sautéed spinach and fresh pasta salad for a cookout. A perfect summer dish! You can also try grilling the chicken with BBQ sauce, and then grilling the apricots separately face down. Add the apricots on top of the chicken when serving.
Tip: When looking for BBQ sauce, try to pick one that is low in sugar and carbohydrates. I also like to use organic, and one with a little bit of a spicy kick, such as organic Woodstock Hickory BBQ sauce.
Healthy tip: Apricots have a high level of beta carotene in the body, which is a great antioxidant for skin, immune health, and vision.
Grilled Cilantro Garlic Wings with a Cucumber Jalapeño Dip
Time: 25 minutes
Grilled wings are so tasty, and really easy to cook. I love this combination of garlic with the cilantro. The cucumber dip is made with yogurt and adds a cooling contrast with the spicy jalapeño. Serve it with a fresh summer salad of chopped garden vegetables, dressed with olive oil. These can also be baked but they definitely come out crispier on the grill.
Tip: Make sure the chicken is cooked through on the grill by cutting a knife into one of the wings, and making sure all of the pink meat is gone.
Healthy tip: When you grill or bake chicken there is no need to coat it in flour or fry it. This is healthier for you, and you still get the crispy texture from the heat.