5 Easy Weeknight Meals to Get on the Grill This Summer
Switch up your dinner routine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.