Finding doctor-approved foods can be a huge challenge and with summer right around the corner, the temptation to eat a few of the things you know you shouldn’t is strong. Sure, sugar filled popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and s’mores sound great, and for most people they make a perfectly acceptable treat when the weather is hot. Others, however, are looking for ideas that satisfy their cravings but won’t be a detriment to their health goals for the summer.

Luckily for you, in today’s blog we’re going to discuss a couple of our favorite recipes that are perfect for the summer! So break out the grill, make a quick stop at the grocery store, and then meet us back here, because the team at Miramont Family Medicine is going to bring you some of the best recipes that you can enjoy throughout the summer!

Steak and Veggies

It’s hard to beat a good, old fashioned steak on the grill, isn’t it? It’s a fairly simple thing to make even if you’ve never grilled before in your life. Of course that also means that the more you’ve made it, the more you learn what you like. Either way, all you need are a few ingredients and a gameplan, because making this meal is a breeze!

  • Your steak of choice (we recommend a New York Strip or a Ribeye)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Olive Oil
  • Cayenne Pepper

That’s all there is to it! Preheat your propane grill to medium-high and close the lid, allowing it to preheat. In the meantime, allow your steaks to rest at room temperature and sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper. If you’re on a salt restricted diet, you could also add cayenne pepper, double down on the black pepper, or substitute it for a seasoning of your choice. Give them about 20 minutes to allow your grill to warm up all the way.

Season your asparagus and broccoli with cayenne pepper and toss lightly in olive oil, then transfer each one to a separate tin foil bag. Your bags should be wrapped fairly tightly, allowing for a bit of room at the top for moisture to escape. You can feel free to put them on the grill as soon as they’re ready. Once the grill is fully preheated, add your steaks.

How long you keep them on the grill will depend on how thick your steak is and how you like it cooked. For a nice medium steak, cook for three minutes, rotate your steak 90 degrees, and then cook for another three minutes. Flip your steak, cook for three more minutes, then rotate once more and allow your steak to finish. Have a meat thermometer handy to make sure your steak is cooked to your preferred level of doneness.

It’s as simple as that. Serve while everything is hot and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Chicken is a staple for those who want to eat well. Its low fat content and great taste makes for a meal that can be customized in a number of ways. Because of its versatility, it makes for a great meal during the summer. We’re going to spice things up just a bit, however, with our recipe for Buffalo Chicken Bites! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thawed Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • Frank’s Hot Buffalo Sauce

Save yourself some time by allowing your chicken to thaw overnight in the fridge in a resealable bag filled with your seasoning of choice and your garlic cloves. Mince the garlic and be sure to do your best to get the pieces nice and tiny. Toss it all together with some olive oil and allow it all to sit overnight.

When you’re ready to eat, preheat your grill to medium-high for 20 minutes. Your chicken should be ready to throw on the grill, having absorbed your seasonings and the garlic overnight which will ensure that it’s nice and delicious. Be sure to grease your grill with olive oil before starting–you can do this by dipping your oil in a paper towel and running it over the grates of your grill.

Place your chicken on a large piece of aluminum foil and toss in Frank’s Hot Buffalo Sauce. Cook on your grill, turning often, until it reaches 165 degrees. Allow it to cool slightly, then slice into bite sized pieces. Serve with your favorite recipe for sweet potato fries for the perfect combination of heat and sweet!

Grilled Bananas

Of course we’ll finish things off with dessert, and what better what to make use of your grill this summer than with a grilled banana? It’s an easy way to have a delicious dessert at the end of a warm day! You’ll need:

  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt (optional)
  • Cocoa Powder

Whether you opt for the ice cream or frozen yogurt (we know, you may have health concerns with these ingredients), we think you’ll find that there’s something special about a grilled banana. Preheat your grill to medium.

Cut your bananas in half, then when the grill is ready, place them on the grill with the middle side down. Give them a couple of minutes to develop some really nice grill marks, then turn them upside down and sprinkle with cinnamon and cocoa powder. Your bananas should be nice and soft by the time they’re done cooking which should take between 3 and 5 more minutes depending on the size of the banana.

Serve with a side of ice cream or frozen yogurt if you prefer, or serve individually. You could also garnish these with peanuts for a flavor you’re sure to love!

Time to See a Doctor in Fort Collins?

There you have it–three easy recipes that anyone can make this summer, courtesy of the healthcare pros at Miramont Family Medicine. Perhaps you have a few recipes of your own. If that’s the case we’d love to hear about them at your next appointment! Our goal is to make sure that every patient that walks through our door gets the treatment that they need.

If it’s time for you you to see a doctor to make sure that you’re all set for summer, we’re here to help. Summer is one of the best times of the year with activities ranging from baseball games to road trips to bike rides to, you guessed it, barbecues, so why not schedule a checkup to make sure that you’re ready for whatever the season has to offer? 

Feel free to contact us online to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you (and hearing what you thought about our recipes)!