Taking the Grill Test


The GrillGrate is a grilling must.


This kitchen tool review was published by the Food & Nutrition Magazine May-June issue and on their blog, Stone Soup.

Halftime at my parents’ annual Super Bowl party involves two things: critiques of the over-the-top musical performance and grilling. My dad, husband and uncles usually handle the latter while my mom and I stay glued to the TV for the former. But who says girls can’t grill? This year, using the GrillGrate, I gave it a go. (And you can just imagine how the guys felt about having a registered dietitian in charge of the grill!)

I’m now happy to report that whatever reservations my family had about my grilling abilities are now gone forever after tasting my healthy barbecued chicken. And I owe my rave reviews to the GrillGrate.

Grilling is one of my favorite ways to prepare foods. There’s something about cooking over an open flame that makes flavors come alive, and we all know that taste is the No. 1 reason people choose to eat the foods they do. As a result, grilling makes healthy foods like lean meats and vegetables appetizing without having to smother them in breading or fattening dressings.

The GrillGrate is made of interlocking metal panels with a “raised rail” design. The panels sit on top of any grilling surface and raise food above grill flames to protect from flare-ups and create even heat distribution. According to the manufacturer’s claims, the unique three-dimensional design results in juicier and more tender meats and perfect sear marks. The most innovative component of the GrillGrate is the fork-like spatula that slides smoothly into the ridges of the silver panels, allowing for effortless flipping of grilled food.

For our family party, I went set up a trial: I cooked half of our chicken on the GrillGrate, and the other half directly on the open-flame grill. The GrillGrate meat sliced with ease and exuded succulent juices. My taste buds confirmed what my eyes saw and I enjoyed each and every bite of the flavor-filled chicken. My family agreed that there was no comparison to the traditionally grilled chicken, which was drier, more difficult to chew, and less tasty.

I even made a Grill Grate believer out of my dad. After the Super Bowl ended, he was actually sad to see it packed up to go. But I now know what I’m getting for him for Father’s Day!


5 Tips For Ordering a Healthy Pizza

Pizza doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Nowadays, pizzerias are are offering more and more options for you to build a healthy meal. Follow these 5 steps to enjoy pizza without the guilt:

1. The Crust. If it is possible, go with a whole wheat crust. It is more “nutrient dense” than white flour crust, meaning that it has more vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Also, opt for thin crust or lavosh (similar to a thin cracker) to cut out extra calories. Deep dish is a big no-no. And don’t even get me started on cheese-stuffed crust.

2. The Sauce. Stick with classic sauce. You may have the option to choose cream-based sauces (such as creamy garlic); however, they can be loaded with fat. Even better than classic sauce, some restaurants have a “naked” pizza that has a light glaze of olive oil and fresh tomato slices in place of the sauce.

3. The Cheese. Although it may be tempting to load on the cheese, it can really add to your waistline. Ask to have the cheese just cover the sauce to avoid extra calories and fat.

4. The Protein. Sausage and pepperoni are not exactly lean proteins. Instead, go with grilled chicken.

5. The Toppings. Veggies, veggies, veggies! You will be surprised by all the different varieties you can come up with. Pile on the veggies to create a hearty meal.

Before you dive in, limit yourself to no more than 2 slices of pizza (of course, you have to consider the size of slice), and pair your pizza with a mixed green salad instead of breadsticks. Enjoy without the guilt!

Easy, Quick, Healthy Dinners!

The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is spend time cooking dinner. And if you’re like me, your fridge is filled with the most random foods; so unless you want a pickle and peanut butter sandwich, you’ll need to stop by the grocery store on your way home.

My go-to meal for a grocery store drive-by is roasted chicken. To keep it healthy and avoid too much fat, take the skin off. Trust me, you won’t miss it with how juicy the meat is on its own.

For a quick side, grab a salad kit or veggie steamer from the frozen section. Other options are frozen sweet potato fries, Uncle Ben’s 90-minute rice, or a fresh loaf of whole wheat bread from the bakery.

Quick. Easy. Healthy. Delicious. ENJOY!!