Day 4 of #ketotogether and simple is still on the menu!
Day 4 Grilled Meat with Veggie Packet
Let’s turn up the heat!
If the weather’s nice, getting outside to grill is a treat.
Nearly any protein grills well. Chicken, hot dogs, sausages, burgers,bratwurst, pork cutlets, steaks and seafood just taste better when roasted over an open fire and require little seasoning. Salt and pepper is often sufficient.
Fatty cuts of meat tend to grill best. If the meat has less fat, you can always coat it with a little ghee or bacon fat before grilling. Don’t overdo the fat as you can make the flame flare and up with charbroiled burnt on the menu!
While you’re at the grill, you can also make a simple side dish by creating a veggie packet–no special pans or tools required.
To make a veggie packet lay out a piece of foil about 10 inches wide. Place chopped veggies in the center. Use what you have on hand, but select veggies that will hold up well such as onion, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower. Simply pick 1 or 2 of those and slice small enough that they will cook in about the same time as the meat.
For seasonings you can keep it as simple as adding salt, pepper, and butter or use some of the other combinations we discussed in day 3 such as Ranch, Italian, or Mexican.
Another advantage to making grill packets is that you can create a single packet for each person or let them create their own. In fact, it’s better to make smaller packets so that the veggies cook more uniformly than crowding them all together.
After you’ve selected the veggies and seasoned to your liking. Fold each side of the foil over the top of the veggies. Then fold the top and bottom over those folds, creating a packet. Place those directly on the grill. Depending on the veggies you select, it will take 20-25 minutes until they are tender. Near the end of the cooking time you can carefully open the packets and let them continue grilling for 5-10 minutes to absorb even more flavor from the grill.
In the meantime, if you’d like to have a truly sugar-free homemade BBQ sauce, check out my recipe on YouTube. Also, if you have my book, Keto Living Day by Day, there’s lots of sauces, and rubs for grilling. There is also a recipe for slaw, potato salad, and cabbage steaks that are great on the grill!
You be sure to share your meat and vegetable packs as we #ketotogether for 10 days. Just post a picture on any of my social media channels with #ketotogether.