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5 Affordable Grilling Ideas to Try Out This Summer!

It is summer again, which means you can take out your grill and spend some time outdoors. Who can say no to some delicious grilled vegetables or meat? With the economic uncertainty created by the outbreak of the coronavirus, everyone is looking to save money. And thankfully, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a mouthwatering grilled feast for your family and friends. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, you can create many outstanding dishes on your grill, even if you are on a tight budget. In this post, we’ll highlight five affordable grilling ideas to add some excitement to your cookouts this summer.

  1. Grilled Salmon Taco
    A taco is a perfect treat for any occasion. We are all used to beef tacos, but have you ever considered substituting beef for fish? Fish tacos have become quite popular in recent years. Salmon tacos are easy to make, and they’re very versatile. For this recipe, we’ll combine the grilled salmon with avocado salsa, cabbage, and cotija cheese.

Ingredients for avocado salsa
Two diced, medium-sized avocados
1/3 diced, small red onion
Three tablespoons of chopped cilantro
One seeded and minced jalapeno
One minced clove of garlic
Two tablespoons of fresh lime juice
One tablespoon of olive oil
A pinch of salt
A pinch of ground black pepper

a. Mixed the diced avocados, red onions, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and olive oil in a bowl and mix them.

b. Add the salt and black pepper to taste.

Ingredients for grilled salmon
1 lb of boneless salmon
One tablespoon of olive oil
One tablespoon of lime juice
One tablespoon of chili powder
¾ tablespoon of ground cumin
¾ tablespoon of onion powder
½ tablespoon of paprika
½ tablespoon of ground coriander
½ tablespoon of salt
½ tablespoon of ground black pepper

a. Preheat your gas grill.

b. Slice your salmon into two portions.

c. Mix the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, paprika, coriander, salt, and ground black pepper in a bowl.

d. Rub the mix generously on both sides of the salmon, and cook over your grill. It should take about three minutes to cook each side of the salmon.

Once the salmon is ready, prepare your tortilla wraps. Divide the salmon into small pieces. Put them into the center of your taco, add chopped cabbage, avocado salsa, cotija cheese, and you’re good to go! If you prefer, you could easily substitute the salmon for steak. It would work just fine. Feel free to experiment with other flavorings to improve the taste of your salmon or steak.

  1. Grilled Potato Fans With Onions
    Grilled potatoes are a great idea, whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater. And it complements any dish.
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Four medium potatoes
Two small thinly sliced onions
Two cloves of garlic
Six tablespoons of butter
Six tablespoons of grated Parmesan
One tablespoon of minced chives
½ tablespoon of powdered chili pepper
A pinch of salt

a. Preheat your grill.

b. Slice your potatoes, leaving them attached at the bottom. Place them on a thick piece of foil.

c. Put onions, garlic, butter, into the gaps between the potato slices.

d. Combine your Parmesan, chives, powdered pepper, and salt in a bowl. Use the mix to fill the gaps between the potato slices.

e. Wrap the potatoes in the foil, and set it on the grill for about 30 to 45 minutes. Open the foil and allow the steam to escape before you feast on it.

  1. Grilled Broccoli
    I know grilled broccoli may not sound like something you will want to grill, but you will be blown away by this recipe. There are many ways to prepare grilled broccoli. We’ll be looking at one of the easiest recipes.
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6 cups of fresh broccoli spears
Two tablespoons of lemon juice (1 ½ tablespoon of lemon juice for serving)
Two tablespoons of olive oil
¼ teaspoon of pepper
¾ cup of grated Parmesan
¼ teaspoon of salt

a. Place the broccoli in a bowl and spread the lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper. Let it sit for a while, and then remove the broccoli from the marinade.

b. Place broccoli in another bowl with grilled cheese and let it sit for a while.

c. Place a thick foil over your grill and put the broccoli over it. Set your grill heat at medium Let the broccoli sit on the grill for around eight minutes, and then you can take it off. Sprinkle some lemon juice over your broccoli, and it can be served.

Feel free to add other seasonings to the broccoli to enhance the flavor. Ensure the broccoli doesn’t char while on the grill. You can also choose to add some asparagus or cauliflower to the mix.

  1. Grilled Pizza
    Making grilled pizza may sound difficult, but it is actually quite simple. The recipe below will guide you on how to make a Margherita pizza.

4 oz. Pizza dough
Olive oil
½ lb sliced mozzarella cheese
One large tomato sliced
One cherry tomato halved
One ricotta
Freshly chopped basil
A pinch of red pepper flakes

  1. Once you have all your ingredients ready, heat up your grill. Spread out your pizza dough into a circle. Then place it on the grill. Leave it for two minutes, then flip it over.
  2. Place tomato, cheese, ricotta on the pizza dough, and leave it on the grill for one minute more.
  3. Take your dough off the grill and top it with your basil, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of oil.

5. Grilled Plum

We’ve talked about grilled seafood and meat as well as grilled vegetable and pizza dough, so it makes sense that we should also have a grilled fruit recipe. Plums are one of the best fruits to grill. Grilled plums can add a unique flavor to a meal, especially when paired with grilled meat or seafood. Ripe plums are perfect for grilling. However, ensure that the plums you use are not overly ripe or too soft.

Ripe plums
One tablespoon of honey
One tablespoon of grape seed oil
A sprinkle of cinnamon

a. Preheat your grill and set it at medium temperature.

b. Slice the plum in half and take out the seed. Coat the plum with grape seed oil and set it down on the grill for two minutes. Turn the other side and leave it on the grill for two more minutes.

c. Drizzle the honey and sprinkle cinnamon over the grilled plums

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