Aug 1, 2014

30 Day Grilling Challenge

Our 30 day dinner grilling challenge has come to a close. This is by far the easiest 30 day challenge we have attempted.



The Challenge: Cook dinner every night on the grill-only prep work is done in the kitchen. Exception-Crock Pot.

What started out as a joke became a challenge to see how many things we can cook on our grill. I was in a serious cooking rut and I wasn't motivated to cook dinner. Making my husband cook dinner every night would be an obvious solution if the man could cook. Even though he can't cook, he can grill. Provided that I marinate and prep everything for him.

I wasn't about to allow a grill challenge to get in the way of our eating vegetarian a few nights a week or pasta. Yes friends I cooked pasta on the grill. One meal was an epic failure! I made lasagna foil packets that looked good on Pinterest. Holy crap that pin did me dirty. It was disgusting. Don't fall for the pretty picture. But I did make Chicken Spaghetti and garlic bread on the grill and they were awesome.

What I learned

A grill is basically an outdoor oven. I hate using my oven in the summer since I don't want to heat up my house. Anything that normally cooks in the oven went on the grill. I bought some disposable lasagna pans to grill baked pastas and enchiladas. Not only did I not heat up the house using my oven but I also didn't have to clean the pan! The burner on the side of my grill actually works for cooking pasta noodles and making sides.

Obviously the flavor of the food from the grill is different since you get the char and smokey flavor. The time it takes to cook your food is different too. My food cooked much faster on the grill than it cooked in the oven even though the temperature was the same. I like faster cooking!

I do not grill enough vegetables. I've done the obvious ones; asparagus, peppers, onions, corn, and zucchini. During the challenge I branched out to broccoli, cauliflower, squash, potatoes, and carrots. The broccoli was my favorite. Grilling gives broccoli a smokey flavor while bringing out the sweetness you get if you roast broccoli.

Meals We Made


Pulled Pork Pizza - Normally made in the oven. I will only grill pizza from now on. If you haven't tried it yet you are missing out! Grilled pizza was such a hit we made a different one once a week during the challenge.
Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes
Veggie Tacos - We made these several times since everyone loves them!
Chicken Kabobs
Southwestern Stuffed Peppers - vegetarian recipe
Chicken Enchiladas
ribs
Zucchini Pasta
steak kabos
potato foil packets


Greek Chicken Burgers
Chicken Fajitas
Lasagna Foil Packets - again they were awful, don't try them!


Chicken Gyros
hot dogs
brats
Grilled Meatloaf 
nachos
steak

My Takeaway

I do not take advantage of my grill enough. I am definitely going to use it more often. Brett being in charge of getting dinner was a nice change. Plus the kids liked to be outside with Daddy while he grilled so win/win.


4 comments:

  1. This is awesome!! You're right, there are so many things you can do on your grill, including desserts. I don't know why I don't use my grill more. I think you've just inspired me!

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  2. I have never tried pizza on the grill. Great idea. We just had chicken shwarmas last night too but I didn't think to grill it either! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Grilled pizza is amazing! The flavor of the crust is completely different. Learning how to get the dough on the grill is a little tricky and a two person job in the beginning. I'm pretty sure I'll never bake pizza again.

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  3. Excellent! I totally want to try to grill pizza, I just haven't yet. Too funny that Tanya mentioned the same thing. :) Yum!

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