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Grilling Tips – Benefits of Using Grill Pans

Often we associate a grill pan with cooking and searing steaks. Little did most of us know, grill pans are recommended over the standard, flat frying pans. Other than getting the appetizing appearance of grill lines or marks on the meat, it is also less in fat.

They rise the meat up out of the oil that its releasing. This gives a burger, for example, more of a grilled texture and flavor as its not sitting in its own fat. On a flat pan, the burger will release fat and then start to fry in the fat. To me, its something different.

Grill-Pan Cooking

Aesthetics wise, those grill marks evoke fond memories for a lot of people, so the food looks better.  However, if grill marks don’t evoke fond memories or you grew up with a griddled burger – then that is what is delicious for you too.

Although for most, they find the taste of steaks cooked in a flat cast iron pan better, still I have to agree I love my grill pan better for some reasons, but I want emphasize the importance of the grill pan being cast iron, as opposed the lightweight aluminum ones which don’t hold their heat as well and warp over time .

Remember the adage, “when food looks better, people think it tastes better.”

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Let Your Kids Discover Their Favorite Veggies

Vegetables do not have to be the enemy. While we keep trying how to trick kids to eat vegetables, children seem to have an aversion to vegetables. What’s funny is they will push them around their plate, refuse to eat them, ignore the food and cry. Whether you are trying out vegetable soup recipes or good vegetable grill recipes, children know when you have sneaked healthy vegetables into their meal, and they will probably kick up a fuss.
Try allowing the kids to grill the food themselves, might as well their favorite veggies. Try the following suggestions:
Zucchini or Summer Squash
The vegetables are attractive with a delicate spring flavor and aroma of the squash to fill around when grilled over intense heat. Let them season it and ask them how could these veggies taste when done.
Eggplant
All my kids love grilling whole eggplants then peel them right after. They make it a fun who gets the bigger vegetable on the plate. I allow them to make their own dip which they enjoy along with whatever is served for the main dish.
Potatoes
I’m sure all kids vote for this veggie. Potatoes are amazingly comfortable. Slice the potatoes and let the kids help to partially cook them on a Dutch oven. Do the grilling altogether. With a sprinkle of salt, the potatoes will have almost the texture of French fries by the time they’re done.

Pre-cook some veggies you have in mind like broccoli and carrots, let it cool a little before putting in a food processor. Put a lot of cheese and add the mixture to whatever dish they love. Your children will not even know it is there.

Fun, isn’t it? But if you think all these are impossible, then don’t grill! 🙂