Easy Grilled Pizza

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Grilled pizza is one of my favorite summer meals. It’s easy, involves almost no planning and it’s super quick. The first time I tried this I was thinking, there’s no way this is going to work! But it works and it works really well.

The ingredients for grilled pizza are the same as you’d use for a traditional pizza:

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I like to prep everything inside and lay it out on a cutting board to take outside.  This seems to keep things contained a little better, and it’s easier than carrying a million things back and forth to the kitchen. It’s also a great idea to have everything prepped before you start – these cook quickly!

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In a nutshell, you plop your dough onto the preheated grill. When the bottom is firm and has grill lines (after about a minute on the grill), you flip it over.    [Read more...]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 32

I think you’re going to like this menu.  It’s got some really good dishes and they are all fast too.  Some are super fast.  That’s the way I like my cooking to be.
As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta, salad

Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker

Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops, Cucumbers and Onions, favorite veggie

Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Veggies on the Grill, baked potatoes (try using the microwave or slow cooker for this)

Nachos, salad

Gina’s Club Sandwiches, watermelon, Quick Cole Slaw

Ice Cream Cappuccinos

To print, click here: menu year 3 week 32

23 Grill Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Grill recipes for weeknight dinners

I love using grill recipes to get dinner on the table.  It’s quick.  There are no pans to clean.  And it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Although I like to grill chicken legs or other cuts of meat with bones, I usually stick with quicker-to-cook foods for our weeknight fare.  I’m a lazy griller.  I like to throw the meat on, walk away to finish the side dishes and come back to flip the meat to the other side.  I know this isn’t the way the experts do it, but it works for getting dinner on the table fast.

(I do have a fantastic BBQ Rib recipe that requires a bit more babysitting.  It is so worth it though!)

One of my favorite time savers is to grill a lot of boneless chicken and store it in the freezer for quick meals.

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And recently, I stumbled on this super, simple way to marinate chicken for grilling.

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Let’s get to some quick weeknight recipes:  [Read more...]

4 Freezer Marinades for Lazy People

If you’re a lazy cook like me, you are going to love this idea!

I grill a lot of chicken.  Usually, I just throw the boneless breasts or tenders on the grill frozen.  Sometimes, I go all out and sprinkle them with salt and pepper or homemade seasoned salt.  That works fine.  But I really prefer the taste of marinated chicken.

However, I’m too lazy and usually in too much of a hurry to remember to thaw the chicken and get it in the marinade with time for it to sit before cooking.

But I’ve got a true short cut for you!  It turns out, you can put the marinade over frozen chicken.  Pop it back in the freezer and then when you’re ready pop it on the grill.  Super simple and it tastes great and makes the chicken tender too.

This idea came to me when GLAD sent me some of their new Freezerware containers.

I used the large size.  They are big enough for 1/2 a bag of chicken tenders to fit with room to spare for shaking to coat the meat with marinade.  [Read more...]

How to Make Lick-Your-Chops, Gnaw-the-Bone BBQ Ribs

I didn’t think I liked ribs.  I only made them because I had them in the freezer and I knew the men and boys in the house would like them.

But, oh my goodness!  These were delicious.  Perfect summer meal.  4-napkin meal.  Wow!

I asked all of you how to fix ribs back in May.  You came through with all kinds of great recipes and methods.  Check out the comments in that post.  Readers also emailed me and added recipes to Facebook.  Someone mentioned a dry rub from Pig Stand, a restaurant in Oklahoma.  My family was *this close* to making a detour on our Colorado trip in search of Pig Stand.

I took parts of many recipes to come up with this method of cooking the ribs.  It was easy, but does take several hours.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

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Please excuse the charred spots.  I’m not an expert griller.  These still tasted great though.

A few weeks ago, I shared on Facebook that I had totally ruined Jim’s birthday dinner of grilled pork chops.  That time I set the whole grill on fire.  Flames were shooting from the grill, black smoke billowed into the yard and children were screaming.  We ended up with pizza for dinner.

I did better this time though.  The honey mustard is easy to stir together and gave the meat a nice flavor.  You could do the same thing with chicken instead.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs

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My oldest daughter loves sweet and sour chicken.  She suggested I do a kabob version, which turned out to be a great idea!

I marinated the chicken and then skewered it with green peppers, onions and pineapple.  A sweet and sour dipping sauce made it extra delicious and fun.

It does take a few minutes to get everything threaded on the skewers, but it’s worth the effort.  Also, be sure to soak the skewers if you are using bamboo so that you don’t turn them into mini torches.

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Grilled Sandwiches

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Have I mentioned how much I love our new grill?  Oh yeah, I think I have.

The other day I was reading a post on The Happy Housewife about a panini party.  That sounded good, but I don’t have a panini grill.  I usually use the George Foreman, but this time I thought it would be fun to grill the sandwiches outside.

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Grilled Zucchini

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Two things I have been loving lately – our new grill and homemade seasoned salt.  I love the grill because it doesn’t burn everything like the old one did.  And I love the seasoned salt because it makes nearly everything taste better.

Even zucchini.

I like zucchini, but it’s not something that I would normally take a second helping of.  But grilled zucchini tasted so good, I wanted to keep eating it.  And it’s so simple to make.

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Stocking Your Freezer with Grilled Chicken and Using it for BBQ Chicken Fajitas

When we went to Gatlinburg with family a few weeks ago, we took turns preparing a meal for everyone.  I decided to bring BBQ Chicken Fajitas, but I wanted to do most of the cooking at home.  I ran across this post on $5 Dinners, where Erin talks about batch cooking on the grill.  This method made it possible for me to take dinner for 16 people and have it prepared quickly and with very little effort.

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