The Euros 2016 begin this Friday, kicking off an exciting summer of sport.
With England and Wales both in action in France on Saturday, we have some sizzling ideas to help you host a (healthy) Euros Barbie with your mates.
Embrace the atmosphere of the Euros this year with your own French-themed garden feast. With a bit of pre-planning, healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and you can still keep hearts healthy whilst celebrating the beautiful game.
1. Channel The Euros’ Hosts
Swap your usual sausages and burgers for heart-healthy seasonal fish like mackerel, salmon, halibut or tuna cooked en papillote on the grill to channel the Euros’ French hosts.
2. Embrace The Natural Flavours
‘En papillote’ meaning ‘in parchment’ is a traditional French cooking method using a homemade parcel to encapsulate the food’s natural flavours and moisture as it cooks.
This means your food is steamed to perfection without the need for added fat – make yours out of barbeque-friendly foil and cook over the coals for around 20 minutes.
3. Let Your Guests Get Creative
Allow your guests to personalise their parcels with an array of delicious seasonal vegetables. New potatoes, asparagus, courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, peas and mint are all at their best in June – buy local produce and enjoy fresh high quality food for your five-a-day.
4. Don’t Forget The Accompaniments!
Serve healthy French accompaniments like a classic Nicoise salad, warm lentil and spinach salad along with a tasty homemade tomato salsa and crunchy crudités for a range of colourful, healthy sides.
5. Don’t Skip Dessert!
Make use of the barbecue’s heat to whip up a batch of crepes for a tasty French classic dessert served with warm seasonal fruits like rhubarb, gooseberries, strawberries or blackcurrants and a scoop of ice cream or low-fat frozen yoghurt.
6. Stay Refreshed
Encourage your guests to alternate alcoholic drinks with water by keeping iced jugs of water with quartered oranges, lemons and limes for a refreshing citrus burst.