Fire Up the Grill for Some Sweet Treats!

Summer is basically synonymous with grilling! We love ourselves a good BBQ. And while we love s’mores, it can be fun to switch it up and try something new, too! Since you’ll already have the grill fired up and warm, why not try a new grillable dessert recipe? While it’s not something we traditionally think to do, there are so many delicious desserts that you can make on your grill. We’re sharing our favorites with you today!

Grilled Pineapple

Image Source: Roti n Rice

Image Source: Roti n Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 round slices pineapple (each ½ inch thick)
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Cut each slice of pineapple into semi circles.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle over pineapple slices on both sides.
  3. Heat up a cast iron grill pan on the stove. Brush pan with vegetable oil.
  4. Place pineapple slices on the pan and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove and serve!

Blueberry Cobbler

Image Source: Tablespoon

Image Source: Tablespoon

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 can Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

Steps

  1. Heat up your grill over its medium setting or prepare charcoals for grilling.
  2. Wash the blueberries and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and flour and stir well to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8"-square disposable baking pan.
  3. Place the pan onto the grill on direct heat and close the lid of the grill. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir briefly. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the blueberries have largely released their juices and the mixture has swelled up.
  4. Top the blueberry mixture with the biscuits in one layer. Close the lid of the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Remove the pan from the grill (carefully! it will be extremely hot). Let cool slightly before serving.

Grilled Doughnuts

Image Source: Sugar Hero

Image Source: Sugar Hero

Ingredients

  • 6 glazed yeast doughnuts
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 pint ice cream
  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • Toppings like fudge sauce, whipped cream, etc (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn a gas grill to medium heat, lower the cover, and preheat for 5-10 minutes, until hot.
  2. Slice the doughnuts in half, and spread the cut side of each doughnut with a thin layer of butter.
  3. Grill the doughnuts, cut side down first, for about 60 seconds per side. Watch them carefully, especially when the glazed side is down, since the sugar can go from nicely caramelized to burnt in no time. Grill times may vary, so it’s best to watch them throughout the cooking process.
  4. Once toasted on both sides, remove the doughnuts from the grill and let them cool until they’re warm but not hot. Top the warm doughnuts with a scoop of ice cream, fresh berries, and any other toppings you’d like, like fudge sauce or whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Our Best Healthy Eating Tips to Stay on Track this Winter

PHOTO: The Modern Proper

PHOTO: The Modern Proper

Eating healthier is one of the top New Year’s resolutions on everybody’s list. So, today we are going to focus on ways to make that resolution stick! Here are our best tips on how to begin and maintain a healthy eating lifestyle!


BEFORE YOU BEGIN...

Before you start on your health food journey you should know what “healthy foods” are. The best foods for your body are natural foods such as fruits, veggies, meat, and limited natural sugars (honey, maple syrup) and grains. You should eliminate as much processed food as you can, and avoid products with MSG, carrageenan, or sulfites. Throw away all processed food when beginning your journey so you have no temptations!

Junk food and desserts should not be a common staple in your diet, treating yourself once and awhile is OK and good for your mental health. Treat yourself as a reward for finishing a big project or reaching a new goal; it should be a positive reinforcement. Never treat yourself when having a bad day or for a negative circumstance.


OUR TIPS:

  • Eat organically
  • Eat grass-fed and cage free meat/eggs/dairy
  • Buy locally from farms or markets (fresh food is good food!)
  • Meal plan for the week and stick to it
  • Meal prep
  • Always have chopped veggies and fresh fruit to snack on
  • Cook from scratch
  • Make bone broth and keep it in the freezer for quick soups or when needed in recipes
  • Invest in a few good kitchen tools (crockpot, blender, cast iron pan, veggie noodler, and knife sharpener)
  • Buy a few cookbooks and learn a few staple dishes
  • Make your own salad dressings and condiments (it’s easier than you think!)
  • Don’t be afraid to try new food
  • Learn some easy food substitutes such as coco aminos for soy sauce, olive oil for butter, zoodles or spaghetti squash for pasta, and seltzer for soda
  • Eat protein with every meal so you stay fuller longer
  • Use nuts instead of croutons in salads
  • Eat correct portion sizes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit your juice intake, and replace juice with water infused with citrus, herbs, and fruit.
  • If you are craving something sweet eat fruit, coconut, or even pickles (yes, pickles!) instead
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Stock up your spice cabinet. It is the best way to add flavor to your food with fewer calories.
  • Learn to say no to fast food or any bad foods
  • Limit your sodium intake
  • Stock your freezer with frozen fruit and veggies! It’s great for smoothies, oatmeal, and even cooking!
  • Stock your pantry with canned fruits and veggies, as long as it is canned in its natural juices or water
  • Try to eat fish 2-3 times a week for an easy way to add omega-3 to your diet
  • Learn how to read nutrition labels
  • Use fresh herbs
PHOTO: The Glitter Guide

PHOTO: The Glitter Guide

PHOTO: The Modern Proper

PHOTO: The Modern Proper


Unique Wedding Desserts

After indulging in the main entrée, it’s time for the most delicious part of the meal…the dessert! While most brides choose to serve the traditional cake, tiered and full of different layered flavors, there’s alternative options for equally delicious desserts to serve your guests!

What a fun twist on the classic wedding cake! Cake pops have become a trending dessert, and they’re super easy to make (and eat)! Have a variety of flavors and decorations for your guests to choose from; the possibilities are endless!

Go the alternative route and offer nature’s candy to your guests – that’s right, fruit! Top the fruit with some whipped cream for extra sweetener, or if you can’t get yourself to stray away from chocolate (because I mean, who can say no to chocolate?!), offer a chocolate fountain to dip the fruit in! Yum!

Can’t decide on just one fun and unique dessert? Why not offer them ALL to your guests?! By having a dessert buffet, your guests will be able to pick and choose what they would like to indulge in after their meal, whether it be cake, assorted fruit, or pie!