Healthy Barbecue Recipes


Whether you’re planning on enjoying the sunshine, having friends over, going to a social event or just relaxing all weekend long, you’re going to need to eat.

And why not chow down on some good-for-you, barbecue-friendly foods instead of the average not-so-healthy and non-feel-good long weekend options?

Healthy appetizers, burgers, salads and desserts…

I’ve got you covered.


Stuffed Pizza Mushrooms Grilled Fennel Dippers Bacon Wrapped Dates

Stuffed Pizza Mushrooms – Stuffed mushroom caps with bacon, daiya cheese, salami, peppers, and spinach, topped with a gluten-free crispy garlic topping.

Grilled Fennel Dippers – Transform a fennel bulb into the perfect dipper! This 10 minute appetizer is made from simple ingredients and produces delicious results.

Bacon Wrapped Dates – The thing I love most about these wrapped dates is that they can be prepared up to 2 days in advance letting you worry about other, more important things.


Strawberry Coleslaw Caesar Salad Brilliant Beet Slaw

Strawberry Coleslaw – Creamy and light coleslaw made with fresh strawberries, grapes and homemade creamy poppy seed dressing.

Caesar Salad – The real deal… this vegan (and paleo) Caesar salad dressing tastes so much like the real thing. It’s creamy, flavorful and downright ridiculous.

Brilliant Beet Slaw – Light and refreshing slaw with lemon vinaigrette, chickpeas and loads of dill!


Salmon Burgers Quinoa Burgers Turkey Burgers

Salmon Burgers – Ready in under 15 minutes, these burgers are quick, easy, and only dirty one bowl + frying pan. They’ll wow dinner guests!

Quinoa Burgers – Biryani inspired quinoa burgers with dried currants, curry leaves and sunflower seeds. It comes with a burger bun recipe, too.

Turkey Burgers – These burgers are high in protein, low in fat, and lick-your-lips delicious! Trading in an egg for egg whites and bread crumbs for quinoa flakes cleans up this lean approach to your everyday burger.


Rice Crisp Treats Lemon Tarts Blueberry Pie

Rice Crisp Treats – Healthier version of classic rice crispy treats without the gelatin! Each square is just 5 grams of fat and less than 150 calories.

Lemon Tarts – Mini tarts made with grain-free sugar cookie and filled with a coconut cream.

Blueberry Pie – This sugar and dairy free no bake cream pie is light, refreshing, packed with fiber, and made from 100% whole foods.

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  1. Thanks for these recipes. I’m always looking for healthier choices when it comes to barbecue time. Hopefully the weather will stay nice enough this weekend to give some a try.

  2. Hi Leanne! First of all, I just wanted to say that I love your blog! Every post inspires me! :) I didn’t really know which post to comment on, so I picked the most recent. I have about 20 pounds that I should lose. I am healthy, but not totally comfortable in my skin. I swim and do dry-land (intense excercises on land) for 2 hours, 4 times a week. I also bike intensely 3 times a week. I have had this regimen for about 2 years. I am a very active person and I have to stay moving to feel good. I eat healthy (usually :)) and I have just not seen any results. Any suggestions?

    • Hey Kate! So great to hear from you, thanks for your kind words! Sounds like you have your physical exercise all mapped out. Either a) it could be that you’re not pushing yourself hard enough at the gym – high intensity burns the most fat b) your calorie intake is higher than what you need. Something I like to follow, is if the food (is not vegetables) on my plate is larger than the span of my hand, it’s probably too much for my body to process. I hope that helps!

  3. Just wanted to let you know that we made the Cream ‘Cheese’ Crumble Bars last night from the Dessert Freedom cookbook. SO DELICIOUS! We both have a nasty cashew allergy, so we subbed macademia nuts in the cream ‘cheese’ and everything turned out amazing. Yum yum yum!

  4. The blueberry pie looks amazing and something I can make with my girls! Thank you for sharing all the amazing recipes!

  5. Holy YUM to all of the above!! I’m definitely firing up the grill this weekend – first time this year! your marvellous grilling skills with my eggplant have made it clear to me that I need more grilling in my life! :) Great recipes!