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Healthy Grilling Recipes That Won’t Tank Your Cholesterol

The warm weather makes many people think of firing up the grill. If you have high cholesterol, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to grill food without sending your cholesterol into the danger zones. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can always grill inside on a grill pan to make these healthy grilling recipes.

Grilled Margherita Pizza

This grilled margherita pizza combines the delicious flavors of Italy: fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and sweet basil. This makes an amazing appetizer or can be served as a vegetarian entree. Tomatoes are a heart-healthy food that helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Ingredients:

  • Prepared pizza dough
  • 1 pound of tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 package mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare your dough according to the package directions.
  2. Divide dough into 4 separate pizzas. Roll out each piece of dough to form 4 pizzas with a thickness of 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
  3. Brush each pizza with olive oil on one side, and place in a grill pan with oiled side down.
  4. Grill until you see dark lines form. Brush the uncooked side with olive oil, and flip the pizza.
  5. Top each pizza with sliced tomatoes and sliced mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover the grill, and cook until cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza has grill marks. Sprinkle with chopped basil leaves.

Honey-Mustard Salmon Fillets

Salmon is full of protein and omega 3-fatty acids. The fish is part of a heart-healthy diet, which includes lowering cholesterol. Salmon is an easy fish to grill because it is firm and holds together well, and grapeseed oil is great for grilling because of its high smoking point (about 450°F). Serve alongside your favorite grilled vegetables to make a balanced meal.

Ingredients:

  • Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine whole-grain mustard, Dijon mustard, and raw honey.
  2. Brush each piece of salmon on both sides with grapeseed oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place salmon on the grill for about 3 minutes, until grill marks form. Then flip.
  4. Brush salmon fillets with the honey-mustard mixture, and continue to cook for about 3 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.

Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

Kabobs on the grill are a great way to create a balanced dish. Even if you are watching your cholesterol, you can still enjoy lean meats if you follow healthy grilling recipes. These kabobs can be customized by your favorite vegetables, and you can also try a marinade to change up the kabob’s flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of lean beef
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 package mushrooms, cleaned thoroughly
  • 1 package cherry or grape tomatoes
  • grapeseed oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water before using so they do not burn on the grill.
  2. Cut steak, bell pepper, onions, and mushrooms into pieces that are about the same size as the tomatoes. This will contribute to even grilling.
  3. Place steak and vegetables on skewer. Aim for about 2 pieces of each per skewer.
  4. Brush each skewer with grapeseed oil, and season kabobs with salt and pepper.
  5. Place skewers on the grill. When grill marks start to form on one side of food, rotate the skewer. Cook on all four sides until vegetables and meat are cooked through (about 2–3 minutes per side).

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