I grew up in a grilling family in the Midwest, and my father was a “Grill Master” even before the term existed. Our house was the most popular in the neighborhood,
and our friends always were welcome to our cookouts. And even when the kids grew up and moved out, we still brought our friends to our folks’ house for BBQ’s. It became such a tradition and was a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.
Every weekend (weather permitting), not one, but two grills were cranked up for hamburgers and grilled corn. Occasionally, chicken, ham, or a steak would be thrown
on the grill, but more than likely, it would be good, old-fashioned hamburgers and grilled corn.
One grill would be dedicated to the burgers, and the other dedicated to the corn. Early in the day, ears of freshly-picked Silver Queen Corn were put in a galvanized
tub of water to soak all day.
Dad was such a master at the grill that he actually built a grill just for his corn. Below you’ll find a very, very old black and white photo which I scanned of his
corn grill. I know it’s hard to see, but this grill was shaped like an elongated “V” or wedge with a long grid on the top, and a single pole in the center which anchored the grill into the ground. It was just long enough to pile on 2 dozen ears of corn.
Genius, if I say so myself!
HOMEMADE CORN GRILL
Add a little potato salad, baked beans, or just freshly-sliced tomatoes, and we thought we were in heaven. And there were more than a few corn-eating contests back
then (although they weren’t called “contests”) between my husband and my Mom...mostly bragging rights about who ate the most ears.
Buns were always toasted perfectly, and burgers grilled to perfection. We ate hamburgers because we loved them, and that hasn’t changed today. Never had any fancy
stuff on them, just the basics, and maybe a slice of cheese, but not always.
BURGERS WITH GRILLED ONIONS
We never thought much about nutritional breakdown in those days, but we do now. Many hamburgers today are loaded with calories and fat because of the “other things”
that we put into them and on them. And I’m not saying that I don’t indulge occasionally, as well. But there are those times when you want a basic grilled hamburger, and today you have options on the fat content of the beef you use.
I think most of us know the benefits of chicken and lean pork, but many of us don’t know the benefits of “lean beef.” I have a friend who has had Type 1 diabetes
since she was child, and when she comes for a visit, I’m always thinking about high protein and low carbohydrates in meals. Lean beef gives you nearly half of your daily value of protein (25 grams in
a 3-oz serving). Studies have shown that protein keeps your appetite satisfied longer, it helps in maintaining a healthy weight, builds muscle and gives you the power to stay active longer. Lean beef gives your body the “Big 10 Nutrients” it needs, and
as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, improves levels of cholesterol.
Based on a 3-oz serving, lean beef is defined as less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol. When shopping
for lean beef, look for cuts that include “loin or round” in their names.
An excellent site for learning more about the benefits of beef is http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.
And if you like videos, check out http://www.youtube.com/user/LandOfLeanBeef< for additional information. Another valuable resource for lean
beef recipes is http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/myplate-beef-main-dishes/<
Admittedly, we all have our occasional “splurges” when it comes to food. Everything in moderation, right? But when planning your family’s menus, don’t forget to
incorporate lean beef. Grill it, roast it, stew it, stir fry it, braise it, however you like it. And this site offers many wonderful recipes to keep it interesting, keep it tasty, and keep your family satisfied and healthy. Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.
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