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Posted on 21 September 2018 by Amy King, Founder, CORE+

With the AFL Grand Final juuuuust around the corner, Melbourne is finally breaking out of its winter cocoon, donning its team colours and preparing for a weekend (or month) of festivities. As Australians, one of our most loved celebrations is the great backyard BBQ. Drinks, snacks, sunshine and yelling at the TV… What could be better?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

If you’re heading to a backyard BBQ this Grand Final weekend but don’t want to fall off the wagon too much, don’t stress. We’ve put together a mouth-watering menu of healthy BBQ snack ideas that you can make (or take) along to your Grand Final bash.

Lamb and haloumi skewers

Wait…. There is one thing better than drinks, snacks, sunshine and yelling at the TV. Lamb and haloumi skewers. These tasty sticks are perfect party food, and go well with all sorts of salads and healthy dips. Thread lamb, haloumi, zucchini and capsicum onto skewers before barbecuing. If you’re vegetarian, swap the lamb out for extra veggies.

Spicy popcorn
If you’re trying to avoid a grand final party blowout, it’s probably best to avoid the array of potato chips and dig into a bowl of this instead. Grab some natural popcorn kernels (no processed popcorn in a bag, please) and cook it on the stove. Finish by drizzling some olive oil and sprinkling cumin and chilli to taste. Toss to combine.

Summer salad cups
There are endless recipes for salads, but often they get left behind because there are more delicious options, or they’re too inconvenient to eat at a party. Combat this by making a big batch of a super filling salad, and serving it into mini cups so people can grab one to add to their main dish. Our favourite combos? A zesty summer slaw with dill dressing, or a hearty quinoa salad with barbecued veggies.

Barbecued corn
Barbecued corn is a party favourite for a reason. It’s super easy to eat, packs in so much flavour, doesn’t leave you feeling too full and goes well with everything else on the menu. Spray your corn cobs and barbecue them until they begin to char. Mix together a bit of honey, Sriracha or chilli sauce and lime juice in a bowl, then brush it over the corn cobs. Barbecue for another two minutes until you can no longer resist.

Pork cutlets with mexican salsa
This one is perfect for a lighthearted, classic BBQ meal. Barbecue your pork cutlets and serve them on a big platter so everyone can help themselves. For your salad, make a big bowl of chopped avocado, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, coriander and lime juice – this will add a fresh, zesty flavour. Serve the salads in the bowl for a DIY plate or in small cups.

Caprese mushrooms
Vegetarians at the table? They will probably eat so many of these, no one else will get a chance. Hosts will also love them because they’re that easy to make. Rope in your guests and set up a production line, topping grilled portobello mushroom tops with sliced tomato and sliced fresh mozzarella. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and basil.

Bunless burgers
Is it really a grand final party if you don’t serve burgers? While it’s important to have something filling to munch on when there’s drinks involved, you can make your favourite burgers a little bit healthier by opting for wholemeal mini slider buns, high quality organic beef, lots of fresh salad and minimal sauces and cheeses.


Got a genius BBQ recipe we should be adding to our menu? Tell us about it on the CORE+ Facebook page!