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7 delicious (and easy!) grilling recipes your entire family devour

Plus plant-based + allergy friendly meals.

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Summer is here and it's time to pull out the grill and pack on the flavor. Who needs the stove when you can grill quick appetizers or simple dinner dishes? Not all grill recipes are the same, so we searched for dishes that will wow your family and get them (and you!) excited about cooking outdoors.

We compiled a few mouth-watering dishes that your kids will love, and if you're up for it, invite your neighbors to join the fun from a (safe) distance. From grilled vegan hot dogs to Asian mushroom burgers there's something below that satisfies every taste bud:


1. Asian BBQ mushroom veggie steak burgers

Cotter Crunch

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp Huy Fong chili garlic sauce or asian chili sauce of choice
  • 1 tbsp GF soy sauce (tamari)
  • 2 tsp raw sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp gluten free BBQ sauce
  • 4 large portabella mushrooms, sliced into "steak strip" pieces
  • oil for the pan
  • 4 Little Northern Bakehouse burger buns
  • lettuce
  • hummus or vegan mayo
  • sprouts
  • sliced bell peppers
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the Asian chili sauce, ginger, sugar or honey, oil and tamari together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Use a damp paper towel to clean the portobello mushroom caps. Remove any stems, then slice the mushroom caps into thin strips.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non stick pan over medium to medium high. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the mushroom slices (1/3 of the batch at a time) and saute, flipping while cooking, for about 2 minutes or until the mushrooms are coated in oil and begin to soften. (They will shrink quite a bit.) Continue until you have cooked all the mushrooms.
  4. Transfer the sauteed mushroom slices to the chili sauce bowl. Toss well to combine.
  5. To assemble the burgers, lightly toast the millet and chia seed buns and then schmear one side with vegan sauce of choice (i.e hummus, vegan mayo, etc.).
  6. Place lettuce on the bottom bun, followed by 3-5 slices of the marinated mushroom steaks, sesame seeds, sliced bell pepper, and any extra veggies and sauce (from the bowl) on top. Serve immediately.
Recipe from Cotter Crunch

2. California grilled chicken

delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • 4 slices avocado
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tbsp freshly sliced basil, for garnish
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. When ready to grill, heat the grill to medium-high. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side.
  3. Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
  4. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Recipe from Delish

3. Bratwurst + chicken kabobs

Taste of Home

Serves:12

Time to cook: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) peach halves in light syrup, drained and cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 2/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) mango chutney
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • 1 package (14 ounces) fully cooked bratwurst links
  • 2 each medium green pepper, sweet red pepper and yellow pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar bourbon seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together vinegars, pepper jelly, mustard, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil until blended. Add peaches, minced onion and chutney.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-in. cubes and bratwursts into 1-in. slices. Cut peppers into large squares and onion into cubes. Toss with brown sugar bourbon seasoning and remaining oil.
  3. On 12 metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread meat and vegetables. Grill skewers, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium-high direct heat, turning occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional brown sugar bourbon seasoning during grilling. Serve with chutney.
Recipe from Taste of Home

4. Grilled broccoli

Delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb broccoli
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Trim off the fibrous bottom half of the broccoli stem, then quarter broccoli head into small trees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, Worcestershire, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add in broccoli and toss to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place broccoli on the grill and sprinkle lightly with more salt. Grill broccoli until knife-tender and slightly charred, flipping every 2 minutes and basting with any remaining sauce, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan and more red pepper flakes, and serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe from Delish

5. Vegan gluten-free hot dogs

Making Thyme For Health

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup grated carrot, about 2-3 carrots
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour, such as brown rice, chickpea or gluten-free all purpose

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the rinsed lentils and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain then set aside.
  2. In a skillet, warm one tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the shredded carrot and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes, until soft.
  3. To a food processor, add the cooked lentils, onion/carrot mixture, worcestershire, spices, salt and pepper. Blend for about 10 seconds then stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Repeat this step until mixture is well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the flour. Stir to combine. Continue adding flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until the mixture is thick enough to shape with your hands. If you've used all of the flour and the mixture is still sticky, refrigerate it for 30 minutes before shaping into hot dogs.
  5. Roll the mixture into hot dog-like shapes, place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  6. When ready to serve, warm a second tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the hot dogs on each side until golden brown. Serve warm in hot dog buns with desired toppings.

Recipe from Making Thyme For Health

6. Tangy pork spare ribs

Serves: 2 rib racks

Time to cook: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks pork spare ribs
  • 4 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1 knob, grated ginger
  • 1 bunch, finely chopped scallion
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Sunny D Tangy Original
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F
  2. Place ribs in a sheet tray.
  3. Mix all rub ingredients together into a paste and lightly layer the paste onto the ribs.
  4. Rest in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
  5. When you are ready to prepare the ribs, whisk all glaze ingredients together until glaze thickens.
  6. Lightly brush onto the ribs, keep remaining glaze for basting.
  7. Wrap each rack tightly in foil and bake for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  8. Drain the drippings to add to the glaze, mix together, and brush back onto the ribs.
  9. Open the foil, place the ribs under a broiler or on a grill until golden.
  10. Slice ribs and serve

Recipe from Sunny D

7. Grilled shrimp foil packets

Delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 1 lb red bliss potatoes, chopped into 1-in pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill over high heat, or preheat the oven to 425°. Cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long. Divide shrimp, garlic, sausage, corn, and potatoes evenly over the foil sheets. Drizzle with oil, then add Old Bay seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Top each mixture with parsley, lemon and a tablespoon of butter each.
  2. Fold foil packets crosswise over the shrimp boil mixture to completely cover the food. Roll top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
  3. Place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes (or transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes).

Recipe from Delish

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But it can also feel a bit overwhelming to make sense of all the gear on the market. That's why we suggest mentally dividing your registry into two categories: items you need to prepare for your baby's arrival and items that sure would be nice to have.

Here at Motherly, our editors have dozens of kids and years of parenting experience among us, so we know our way around the essentials. We also know how mama-friendly the registry-building experience is with Target, especially thanks to their recently upgraded registry and introduction of Year of Benefits. Just by creating your baby registry with Target, you'll snag a kit with $120 in discounts and samples. The savings keep coming: You'll also get two 15% off coupons to buy unpurchased items from your registry for up to a year after your baby's expected arrival. Change your mind about anything? The Year of Benefits allows for returns or exchanges for a full year. And as of August 2020, those who also sign up for Target Circle when creating a baby registry will also get the retailer's Year of Exclusive Deals, which includes ongoing discounts on baby essentials for a full year.

Here are 10 items we agree deserve a spot in the "need" category on your registry, mama.


A crib to grow with your baby

Delta Children Farmhouse 6-in-1 Convertible Crib

First-time mamas are likely creating nursery spaces for the first time, and that can get expensive. Adding a quality crib to Target registry gives friends and family members the option to join forces to make a large purchase through group gifting.

$269.99

A safe + convenient car seat

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat

The list of non-negotiable baby essentials is pretty short, but it definitely includes a car seat. In fact, most hospitals will not allow you to leave after delivery until a car seat check is performed. We recommend an infant seat, which can easily snap into a base in your car.

$99.99

A traveling nursery station

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

It's hard to beat a good playard when it comes to longevity. This item can be baby's sleeping place when they're sharing a room with you for the first months. Down the line, it can function as a roving diaper change station. And when you travel, it makes a great safe space for your little one to sleep and play.

$99.99

A swing for some backup help

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

A dependable swing can be a real lifesaver for new parents when they need their hands free (or just a minute to themselves). Because many babies are opinionated about these things, we appreciate that the mamaRoo has multiple modes of motion and soothing sounds.

$219.99

An easy-to-clean high chair

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

Our best registry advice? Think ahead. It really won't be long before your child is ready for those first bites of solid food, at which point you'll need a high chair. We like one that transitions to a booster seat atop an existing dining room chair.

$99.99

A diaper bag to share

Eddie Bauer Backpack - Gray/Tan

When you're a mom, you're usually toting diapers, wipes, clothing changes, bottles, snacks, toys and more. You need a great bag to stash it all, and if you're anything like us, you'll choose a backpack style for comfort and functionality. Bonus: This gender neutral option can easily be passed off to your partner.

$64.99

A hygienic spot for all those diaper changes

Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad 16X31"

We can confidently predict there will be a lot of diaper changes in your future. Do yourself a favor by registering for two comfortable, wipeable changing pads: one to keep in the nursery and another to stash elsewhere in your house.

$29.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby at night

Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor DXR-8

Feeling peace of mind while your baby sleeps in another room truly is priceless.That's why we advocate for a quality video monitor that will allow you to keep tabs on your snoozing sweetheart.

$165.99

A comfortable carrier to free up your hands

Petunia Pickle Bottom for Moby Wrap Baby Carrier, Strolling in Salvador

A wrap carrier may be about as low-tech as baby items come, but trust us, this product stands the test of time. Great for use around the house or while running errands, this is one item you'll appreciate so much.

$39.99

A full set of bottles + cleaning supplies

Dr. Brown's Options+ Complete Baby Bottle Gift Set

Whether you plan to work in an office or stay at home, breastfeed or formula feed, bottles are a valuable tool. To make your life as simple as possible, it's nice to have an easy-to-clean set that is designed to work through the first year.

$39.99

Target's baby registry is easy to create from the comfort of your own home. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with the Year of Benefits featuring exclusive deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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