The Versatile Grill

As much as many of us love hot dogs and hamburgers, those staples of the summer menu, if that’s all your grill ever cooks, you’re missing out on some amazing flavor. Use these tricks to up not only the nutrition, but the sheer culinary pleasure the next time you fire up the grill.

Cast Iron Cooking

Cast iron pans are heavy enough to maintain even heat on a grill and not take damage, all the way to their handles. Any dish you can make in cast iron on the stove or in the oven can work on a grill. And, of course, pans let you bring the smoky flavors to small vegetables without the work of skewers.

Yellow Squash Skillet Casserole

Yellow Squash Skillet Casserole

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. A quick summer squash casserole is a pretty and easy way to add more veg to any cookout.

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Pizza Play

Use your grill just like an oven to bring your favorite homemade pizza to life. If you trust your favorite crust to go straight on the rack, you don’t need anything by a very clean and well-oiled rack. If you’ve never tried the panless pizza, lay down some foil first to minimize the risk of a softer crust recipe letting your pizza down.

Warm Hummus Flatbreads

Warm Hummus Flatbreads

One Guiding Stars iconOne Guiding Stars indicate good nutritional value. Pre-cooked flatbreads are a great crust option for your first experiments with grilled pizza.

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Properly Foiled

Foil packets are an easy-to-tidy cooking option for the oven, grill, or campfire. Load them up with your favorite veggies, protein, and seasonings for a meal that can be prepped for storage in a cooler before going straight on a grill at your favorite national park.

Cod Packets with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Mint

Cod Packets with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Mint

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. Fish requires a little extra attention to keeping enough ice in the cooler, but you’ll love the elegant flavor and the speed at which is cooks up.

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