5 Easy Weeknight Meals to Get on the Grill This Summer

Switch up your dinner routine.

FNK GRILLED SHRIMP FAJITA FOIL PACKS, Food Network Kitchen, Bell Peppers, Onion, Scallions, Olive Oil, Chipotle Powder, Cumin, Shrimp, Limes, Flour Shells, Cilantro, Avocado

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you’re looking to take advantage of the longer, sun-filled days of summer, try taking your weeknight dinners outdoors to the grill. Add foil packs, skewers and precooked kielbasa to your cooking arsenal and you’ve got an easy grilling menu with everything from hot dogs to pasta, ready for the dinner table in under an hour.

If anything, shrimp was made for grilling in a foil pack. The packet cooks and flavors the shrimp while keeping it all safe – no shrimp slipping between the grates here. And warming the tortillas is as easy as wrapping them into another foil pack for a short turn on the grill.

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Photo by: Soo-Jeong Kang

Soo-Jeong Kang

The secret ingredient in Geoffrey Zakarian’s fancy dogs (served on a baguette, of course) is stout onion — onions cooked down and caramelized in stout beer. Top with pickled peppers and watercress for some GZ flair in your dish.

FNK HEALTHY GRILLED CHICKEN AND RICE FOIL PACKS, Food Network Kitchen, Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs, Black Beans, Rice, Salsa, Pickled Jalapenos, Tomato Paste, Chili Powder, Turmeric, Lowsodium Chicken Broth, Scallions

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Chicken and rice proves itself a grill-worthy dish with the help of foil pie pans. With chicken broth as the cooking liquid, the foil pack steams as it cooks to flavor the converted rice (which cooks faster than conventional rice) and marry the flavors of tomato paste, chili powder, turmeric and chicken in the dish.

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ChickenKabobs_152.tif

Photo by: Christopher Testani

Christopher Testani

Chicken and vegetables both take a turn on the grill for this 30-minute dish. Brush the chicken kebabs with hoisin sauce during the last minute of grilling.

FNK HEALTHY GRILLED SUMMER VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI FOIL PACK, Food Network Kitchen, Tomatoes, Japanese Eggplant, Zucchini, Olives, Garlic, Sundried Tomato Pesto, Olive Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Dry White Wine, Parmesan Cheese, Basil

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

As weird as pasta on the grill might sound, it’s easier when you think of foil packets as the vessels for a one-pot pasta. This healthy summer pasta features seasonal zucchini, tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, olives and sun-dried tomato pesto.

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