It's too early to start thinking about grilling outdoors... said no one ever. With the days getting longer and the temperatures getting warmer, you can almost smell that irresistible smokiness in the air.
Get ready to fire up the convenient outdoor grills at our Springs luxury apartment communities and try out some of these tasty recipes.
1. Queso Fundido
The only thing better than cheese is melted cheese. Place grated cheese and pepper strips in a clay bowl designed to cook at high temperatures and grill for five to seven minutes. Dip into the gooey goodness with traditional chips or tortillas.
2. Sweet Cola Ribs
Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs are a grilling classic. Add a twist with a barbecue sauce that includes cola for a surprising and unexpected hint of sweetness. The popular Food Network recipe also calls for a zesty dry rub made with chili, onion and garlic powders along with cumin and brown sugar.
3. Grilled Salmon with Grilled Peach and Avocado Salsa
The grill serves double duty for this mouthwatering dish. Salmon is one of the varieties of fish that's best suited for grilling, and it's loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that make it a heart-healthy treat. Grilling also brings out the natural sweetness in many fruits, especially the peaches in this salsa.
4. Quinoa Salad with Grilled Scallions, Favas and Dates
Are you incorporating more meatless meals in your diet? The quinoa in this salad provides a great source of protein, while scallions, mint, leeks and arugula bring a touch of spring. Although it's a salad, the dish is filling enough to serve as a light entrée.
5. Greek Grilled Lasagna
Grilled pasta? Who knew? In this no-bake version of the Italian favorite, simply grill parboiled lasagna noodles until they blister, then layer with tomato sauce and feta cheese.
6. Grilled Vanilla French Toast
Barbecue brunch? Yes, please! But this French toast is so flavorful that you'll want to enjoy it any time of day. If you want to add even more richness, use brioche or challah instead of regular white bread.
7. Grilled Avocado with Tomatoes and Herbs
This side dish is ridiculously easy to make, but it tastes like it came off the menu of a four-star restaurant. Start by grilling halved avocados and lemons cut-side down. Top the avocados with a mix of your favorite herbs and chopped nuts along with sliced cherry tomatoes. Finish with a drizzle of juice from the lemon halves.
8. Grilled Candy Bars
S'mores are so twentieth century. Kids will feel like they're at the state fair when they bite into these grilled tortillas stuffed with their favorite candy bars and sealed with a dollop of marshmallow fluff. Be sure to prepare enough for mom and dad to join in the fun!
What will you cook up on our Springs outdoor grills this season? Share your ideas in the comments!