Now that the children are all back to school, we’re looking for quick and easy ways to get a meal on the table, aren’t we! Many of our members say that one of the most useful pieces of equipment in their kitchen is their health grill. Grilling is a great way to cook food without adding any fat, and, of course, some of the fat in the food will sizzle away too. The health grill is ideal for grilling fish, meat, poultry, sausages, waffles, gammon, bacon medallions and even for grilling fruit.

One of the most popular snacks using the health grill is a panini or toastie. Ideal as a quick lunch, you can use any of the fillings recommended on page 21 in the Lifestyle Plan. I really like corned beef and onion or cheese and ham. Tuna melt is another winner – simply spread the panini with a Laughing Cow triangle and fill with a  small can of tuna, drained of brine. Pop it on the grill until warmed through. You can serve any of these with rocket salad for a great peppery flavour or with canned tomatoes or lots of green salad.

Another popular idea is to spread a bread wrap with sweet chilli sauce, fill with sliced chicken or tuna and stir-fried vegetables, then pop onto the grill for a minute to warm through. For convenience I use the steam fresh bags for the stir fry which only takes a couple of minutes. You could add ginger or mixed herbs for an extra zing!

Here are some other health grill recipes to make tasty meals to combine with your Lifestyle Plan.

Mushroom Melts – 300 calories
Prepare two large flat mushrooms. Sandwich together with 28g/1oz grated cheese or mozzarella or brie and a slice of beefsteak tomato. Pop onto the grill until the mushrooms are cooked. Serve with 3 bacon medallions, a poached egg and 140g/5oz Slimtone “fried” potatoes.

Fish Finger with Savoury Mash – 300 calories 
Pop four fish fingers onto the health grill. Meanwhile mash together 140g/5oz cooked potatoes, carrots, swede and 1 tablespoon peas. Form the potato mix into two cakes and pop these onto the grill and cook until crispy. Serve with the fish fingers and 1 tablespoon tomato sauce.

Salmon with Creamy Dressing – 300 calories
Pop 140g/5oz salmon steak onto the grill until cooked. Serve with a vegetable stir fry and a dressing made of 1 tablespoon of Extra Light mayonnaise mixed with 1 tablespoon Philadelphia light cheese. The garlic flavour light cream cheese is ideal for this recipe.

Potato Wedges – 300 calories
Cut a 280g/8oz potato into wedges and cook on high in the microwave for eight minutes. Pop the wedges onto the health grill until brown and crispy. Serve with small tin of baked beans. Sweet potatoes are really tasty as wedges and are low G.I. too.  

Grilled Fruit Salad
For a delicious dessert, take a selection of fruit from your fruit basket – sliced apple, pineapple, pear, banana or peaches – and pop onto the grill until warm and golden brown. Serve with low calorie ice cream or a slice of Arctic roll for a real treat!   

Grilled Maple Banana – serves 1; approx 120 cals per serving
Place a peeled banana crosswise on the grill and cook until the banana is soft. Drizzle over 1 teaspoon of syrup or honey and serve hot with aerosol cream or ice cream. Mmmm!

So, are you making the most of your health grill? I hope this gives you some ideas – let me know what your favourite health grill recipe is. I’d love to hear from you….

Marie x

P.S. If you’ve been thinking of coming to class, or have missed several classes, now the time to take action. Come on, we’d love to see you. Click here for a reminder of our classes.

It’ll make it much easier to lose weight instead of struggling on your own, there’s plenty of encouragement and support. You’ll get a copy of the Slimtone Lifestyle Plan AND there are recipes and ideas every week that are only available to members! Come and join us – you’ll be glad you did!