A BBQ in the sun

With the sunshine finally making an appearance, what better way to spend the weekends than BBQ-ing?
Grilled meat, salads and a well-crafted piece of bread make a satisfying yet healthy meal.
Of course, there are a couple of things to consider: don't burn the meat and pay attention to sauces.
Aside from not tasting that great, burning meat creates toxic chemicals. This isn't something you want to be consuming much of.
Sauces are concentrated sources of added sugar. We all know added sugar isn't great for us so why not try an alternative such as putting together a home made salsa? By chopping together a few ingredients, you will create a nourishing topping, so good, that you won't bother with the sugar-laden sauce.

Here are a couple of recipes for a healthier BBQ: marinated chicken, home made beef burgers and a pineapple salsa.

Home made beef burgers
Makes 2 burgers, multiply the recipe as required.
250g organic beef mince
1/2 red onion, very finely chopped
a small handful of parsley, finely chopped
a pinch of sea salt and black pepper
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine well by kneading. Form into 2 burgers.
Grill on a BBQ and enjoy.

Marinated chicken breast
4 small chicken breasts
a handful of fresh herbs, finely chopped, I used thyme and basil but you can use any combination
1 clove of garlic, crushed
a generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper
juice of half a lemon
Flatten the chicken breasts by putting them between 2 sheets of cling film and bashing them with a rolling pin. You want them to be roughly 1" thick which will ensure that they cook more evenly & without drying out.
Put the chicken and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and marinate for half an hour.
Grill on a BBQ until thoroughly cooked.

Pineapple salsa
1/2 small pineapple, skin and core removed, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
5 mint leaves, finely chopped
juice of half a lemon
a pinch of sea salt and black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine.
Use the salsa to top your burger or serve it alongside the chicken for a punch of flavour.