Sally Errey, RNCP
It can be a challenge to enjoy the grill each summer and also avoid two known carcinogens that form when grilling meat.
It can be a challenge to enjoy the grill each summer and also avoid two known carcinogens that form when grilling meats. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found that cooking meat at high temperatures creates heterocyclic amines and benzopyrene, both of which increase cancer risk.
The good news is that all veggies can be grilled safely, so enjoy the summer harvest of peppers, tomatoes, zucchinis, and herbs. Enjoy asparagus, too, especially in the Grilled Summer Salad. Asparagus provides a host of beneficial nutrients, especially glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the negative effects of stress, aging, pollution, and injury. Asparagus is also great for the heart as it contains folic acid, is low in sodium, and is a good source of B vitamins and potassium.
The Un-Spaghetti Squash also has a bevy of powerful nutrients, with plenty of beta carotene to protect against free-radical damage that can destroy arterial walls. Using the squash as “spaghetti” noodles also reduces our reliance on processed and refined pastas. Combined with the heart disease protective benefits of olive oil and tomatoes, it’s a pleasure to share these secrets of the Mediterranean. Topped with summer’s favourite herbs, these recipes are sure to please.
Grilled Summer Salad with Asparagus