Get Grilling! 3 Delicious Father’s Day Recipes

grilled_fishPlanning on grilling out this weekend? Instead of the same ol’ burgers and brats, show dad the love with healthier choices like chicken and seafood, along with fresh veggies and seasonal fruits. Here are three quick and easy recipes to help you get started!

Zesty Chicken Burgers
Serves 2, double as necessary

½ pound ground chicken
2 shallots, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. cayenne
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, halved

Directions: Mix all ingredients except lemon in a large bowl. Shape into patties and chill for 30 minutes to set. Place patties on a gas or charcoal grill and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Squeeze lemon over cooked burgers and serve with salad greens or grilled veggies.

Grilled Salmon with Mango Relish
Serves 2, double as necessary

½ small mango, pulp removed, diced
2 tbsp. diced red bell pepper
1 tbsp. diced red onion
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. grated lime zest
½ tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
Two 4-oz. fillets wild salmon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: To prepare the relish, combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl; chill 1 hour. Before grilling, season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Grill until fish begins to flake, about 4 minutes per side. Top with relish and serve.

Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Kebabs
Serves 2, double as necessary

Ingredients (kebabs):
½ lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large onion, quartered and cut into thick slices
1 large red bell pepper, cut into large slices
1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into large slices
10 cherry tomatoes

Ingredients (dressing):
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes (to prevent burning during cooking). Thread shrimp and veggies onto skewers. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley and black pepper; drizzle over kebabs. Grill over medium heat approximately 3 minutes on each side. Serve hot.

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Can Gut Bacteria Help Solve Crimes One Day?

woman_and_microscopeThe more we learn about the thriving bacterial population (or microbiome) inside each of us, the more we begin to understand just how remarkable it is. And not just remarkable, but unique to each individual—so much so that it may one day it may be used as a forensic tool.

Using data from the Human Microbiome Project, researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently analyzed bacterial samples from the skin, mouth, gut, and vaginal area of more than 240 individuals. They then developed a computer formula that allowed them to create a personal microbial fingerprint for each participant.

From these fingerprints, scientists were able to identify one person from the next based on his or her bacterial makeup. Interestingly, the microbes in the gut produced the strongest signatures, and because the bacterial populations proved stable over time, months later more than 85% of the participants were still identifiable based on their gut bacteria.

Researchers believe their findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may one day expand the field of forensic science as well as further our understanding of the human microbiome and its role in human health and disease prevention.

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