It’s summertime and a time where many people like to put food on the grill, go to the park for a social, go camping and cook over an open fire…. all of which require open fire cooking. However there are many warnings of carcinogens from grilling and open fire cooking, so here are some helpful hints that you might find very beneficial.

  1. Marinade first. Marinades especially those that include essential oils not only can enhance the flavor, build immunity, and aid digestion but can also provide a protective barrier for the foods you grill. See recipes below for suggestions.
  2. Cook on low and cook slow. Not only are foods more moist but this helps prevents overcooking and burning of foods.
  3. If there are any burned portions on your meats, breads or vegetables, trim them off before consuming. These are where the carcinogens are specifically and it should not be eaten.

Now for some excellent and tasty marinades, here are a couple of yummy choices.

Garlic-Herbed Grilling Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 5 drops Lime essential oil
  • 2 drops Thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops Pink or Black Pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop Oregano essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients together in a large bowl.

You can marinade vegetables or meats:

  • 1/2 inch sliced zucchini, sweet potato/yam, potato, or eggplant
  • 2 chicken breasts sliced into 1/2 inch strips or approx. 2 pounds of chicken tenders
  • 2 pounds salmon or other fish, sliced

Add meats or vegetables to marinade and toss well. If doing both, use separate bowls.
Cover and place in refrigerator for an hour or more.
Grill on low, and cook slow for approximately 12-15 minutes for meats; 12-20 minutes for vegetables (potatoes and sweet potatoes/yams will take longer).

Chicken Marinade

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 drops Lime essential oil
  • 4 drops Black Pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops Cilantro or Coriander essential oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Salt sprinkled on top as desired

Combine ingredients in large bowl.

Add approx. 2 pounds chicken to marinade and toss well.
Cover and place in refrigerator for an hour or more.
Grill on low, and cook slow for approximately 12-15 minutes.

Wild Orange Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 drops Wild Orange essential oil
  • 1 rounded tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Combine ingredients in blender bowl until smooth.

Great tasty dressing over a green salad
OR use 1/4 cup as a meat/vegetable marinade for grilling or baking.
(follow instructions as above recipes)

Essential oils used must be specified for internal use… that’s why I chose doTERRA. Great benefits, great taste, great price!

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Then start grilling the healthy way – it’s the tasty way as well!

Happy Health!
Erleen Tilton

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