Being at the lake and being relaxed can go hand in hand with grazing the entire day.
However, it is also the time when you have more of an opportunity to prepare purposeful meals rather than eating on the go.
Every lake house should have a grill, no two ways about it. Grilling meat, chicken, or fish will be a healthier option. Vegetables are also excellent on the grill.
We have a couple of recipes and one dessert for you to try the next time you are at the lake house.
The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Marinating Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 30 mins
Tender and juicy grilled chicken marinated in a delicious lemon sauce. A perfect, easy chicken recipe for a quick dinner or healthy lunch!
Calories: 214 cal
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup olive oil
zest of 2 lemons
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (zest the lemons before juicing)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 whole lemon cut into slices
In a large ziploc bag, combine chicken, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Seal the bag and shake it all up until well combined.
Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for about 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat the grill to about 375F to 400F.
Brush grill grates with olive oil.
Remove chicken breasts from marinade and place them on the hot grill; cook without touching it until the chicken breasts start getting some grill marks, about 5 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min
1 teaspoon your favorite Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
6 tablespoons plus additional for brushing olive oil
6 (6 oz) tilapia fillet
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
Place the fish in a large nonmetal dish. Whisk together the 6 tablespoons oil, the orange zest, orange juice, ginger, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste; pour over the fish. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the grill. Brush the fish with additional oil. Grill until fish just flakes when tested with a fork, about 5 minutes per side for each inch of thickness.
Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 40 min
8 oz Mushrooms
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
8 Baby Potatoes
1 Onion (quartered)
1 pkg Pineapple Chunks
1 pkg Cherry Tomatoes
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1 Tbs Maple Syrup
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1. Chop all vegetables (and fruit) into equal sized pieces and set aside in a small bowl.
2. Whisk all marinade ingredients together over low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly reduced.
3. Pour marinade over vegetables and cover. Lightly shake to evenly coat all the veggies with the marinade.
4. If using wooden skewers, soak in cold water while waiting for the grill to heat up and veggies to marinade. (about 30 minutes)
5. Prepare grill if using and preheat.
6. Assemble veggies on skewers and grill for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Baste with remaining marinade.
Watermelon Pizza Easy Fruit Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
14 ounce watermelon slice (cut into wedges)
2 ounces strawberries (sliced)
1 tsp. balsamic glaze
2 tbsp. mascarpone cheese
mint leaves (for garnish)
Cut your watermelon into 1-inch slices.
Cut the slices into desired wedges. The bigger the watermelon slices, the more slices you can cut them into.
Top with cheese.
Add the sliced strawberries.
Dot with balsamic glaze
Garnish with fresh mint.
It is easier to get back on track if you have deviated too far from the path. We all want to live our best life, and it is entirely possible when we indulge, but in moderation.
That type of commitment to our health will allow us many more days at the lake house.