Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fire up the grill

photo by Celeste Lindell

We're going to have a full house of people and pets this week - and I'm kind of frantically trying to figure out how we're going to accommodate them all. See, a few weeks ago, I agreed to watch my friends' adorable puppy. Already a lot of work, but hey...no biggie. But then we invited our friends to come stay with us, armed with their baby and dog. And to top it off, my boyfriend's cousin just announced that she will be popping into town at the same time, staying in our house with her husband, two little kids and dog.
Holy moly! That makes four dogs (including ours), six adults and three kids, all residing under our roof this week. Do we even have enough towels to cover everyone?
Anyhoo, I'm trying to figure out a decent menu for Wednesday night when they all get to town. So far, I'm thinking a cookout is the way to go. We can toss a few burgers on the grill, make some mac and cheese, grilled corn...the usual. But since I'm trying to maintain my girlish figure, I plan to add some low-cal, sugar-free options to the lineup. Check out some of the yummy recipes below. I figure if I load up on the healthier fare, I won't be as tempted to indulge in the higher-fat offerings - and then I can avoid the BBQ-related battle of the belly bulge. Wish me luck!

Zesty Grilled Garlic-Herb Chicken
Cucumber and Onion Salad
Southwest Citrus Salad
Fruit Salad with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

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