Shake off your stress with a relaxing barbecue for your family and friends! While you probably already have ideas for your main barbecue components (burgers, hot dogs, steaks, etc…), what about your side dishes? Listed below are five recipes that will make great side dishes for your next barbecue and the nutrients in the dishes can also help you and your guests reduce stress.
- Grilled cabbage with spicy lime dressing. How about serving a grilled cabbage salad as an appetizer for your barbecue? Cabbage is a great source of vitamin C and vitamin K, an antioxidant that can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, and blood pressure levels. For this recipe, grilled cabbage wedges are topped with a sauce of lime juice, olive oil, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and sugar.
- Barbecued beets. Beets aren’t really a beloved vegetable, but they should be. Beets are a very good source of folate, the nutrient that boosts serotonin (the “feel-good” hormone). You can introduce more beets into your diet with this recipe for balsamic barbecued beets. To make this delicious recipe you’ll need to grill slices of beets that have been marinated in balsamic vinegar, garlic, rosemary, savory spice, basil, sage, thyme, and marjoram.
- Grilled avocados and hummus. Stress-busting avocados have become a foodie favorite in recent years. Avocados are full of potassium, an important nutrient that your body needs to help control blood pressure. Olive magazine’s recipe is a fun way to enjoy avocados during summer months. For the recipe, avocado halves are grilled, stuffed with harissa hummus, and topped with tahini yogurt. Check out the recipe here.
- Barbecued watermelon with cilantro and lime. Looking for a fruity dessert? Watermelon is the perfect summer delight. This recipe from the Stay at Home Chef is made with grilled watermelon slices, olive oil, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and salt.
- Grilled lemonade. Want something delicious to go with your barbecued fruits and veggies? How about grilled lemonade? Besides other nutrients, lemons are high in vitamin C, one of the stress-fighting antioxidants. The grilled lemonade recipe from Serious Eats makes slightly darker lemonade that’s infused with rosemary and sweetened with both honey and sugar. You can find the recipe here.