The transition from spring to summer is my favourite time of year in Toronto. If you can get over the havoic that weather does for allergies and migraines, there is a lot to enjoy in the city.
My all-time favourite thing to do around this time of year is sit in my backyard, have the grill going and enjoy some sun.
I wanted to share with you a few of my must-have things to make the perfect Paleo Grilling BBQ.
Getting started with Paleo Grilling
Tis the season for farmer’s markets! The St. Lawrence Market is Paleo shopping central. I love supporting the local vendors, knowing what farm my protein and produce comes from, and I enjoy creating meals with seasonal ingredients.
I highly recommend visiting a farmer’s market close to you. I guarantee that you will taste the difference.
For the grill
Nothing is better than homemade burgers. Whether you are a ground beef, turkey or more exotic meat eater, they are super easy to make.
All you need is some ground meat (I like to mix beef and pork), add some of your favourite seasonings (I recommend garlic, mushroom pieces and chili pepper) and pack together like a snowball. Flatten your ball so it is about an inch thick and to your ideal width.
Put in them in the fridge to harden before placing on the grill.
My forte is not working the grill, but the gist of it is, pre-heat your grill for 15 minutes at high heat, lower to medium heat, put whatever meat you have on the grill and depending on the type of meat cook for 10 minutes on each side.
Ditch the bun
For your burgers, use portabella mushroom caps as a bun. Just wrap the mushroom caps in tinfoil and place on the grill for the last ten minutes. Unwrap and enjoy!
Or you can keep it simple; make a bun out of a few pieces of lettuce. Crunchy and one last topping you have to worry about putting on top of your bun.
Leave the bottled condiments in the fridge. Dress up your meat with fresh ingredients; heirloom tomatoes, dill pickles, fried egg, avocado, sautéed onions, roasted peppers, and arugula are just a few that we’ve tried out.
No BBQ is complete without satisfying your sweet tooth. Some fresh fruit is always a great way to end a meal but if you are looking for something a little crazier try a natural popsicle.
The best natural and pretty-much homemade popsicles are Augie’s Pops. You can pick them up from some natural food stores and also Whole Foods. If you get creative, you can even make your own at home.
Something light and summery goes well with any meal. My new addiction is infused water. Try mixing some fresh fruit or rosemary in ice water for 10 minutes before drinking. Your pitcher will look lovely and your tastebuds will love you.
** Note – I feel that no afternoon on the Patio is complete with a cool beer, so don’t hold it against me that I enjoy a local brew.
What’s your Paleo Grilling must-grill thrill?
Let us know in the comments below!