(ARA) - A lively backyard barbeque is the quintessential entertainment during warm-weather months, but it's not always the most nutritious way to celebrate. With the right mix of fresh and tasty ingredients, it's possible to create savory grilled specialties that will enliven guests' taste buds without derailing their efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Chef Scott Uehlein, corporate chef of the renowned Canyon Ranch, encourages home chefs to enhance the nutritional value of common barbeque favorites by replacing not-so-healthy ingredients with more nutrient-dense foods and beverages.
"Culinary trends this year are focusing on refreshingly bold flavors and natural ways to sweeten dishes; using orange juice is one way to achieve this trend," explains Uehlein. "Most kitchens contain everyday items, like 100 percent Florida orange juice, which can be used to add regional flair and nutrients to mouth-watering dishes."
To bring a hint of Florida sunshine to your table during a summertime celebration, fire up the grill and serve citrus-inspired fare. Chef Uehlein's easy-to-prepare Quick Orange BBQ sauce adds zesty flavor to grilled chicken or pork.
Quick Orange BBQ Sauce (Makes approximately 2 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion (yellow or white
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup orange juice
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Heat olive oil in medium-sized saucepan. Add onion and garlic and saute until onions are translucent.
Add cloves, cinnamon, chili powder and orange juice to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until sauce thickens, five to 10 minutes. Baste grilled meat with Quick Orange BBQ Sauce during last five to 10 minutes of cooking. Serve remaining sauce on the side. Courtesy of ARAcontent