Burgers & dogs again? Not when you grill with Erin Dow

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(NEWS CENTER) -- Are the kids tired of burgers and hot dogs on the grill for dinner again? Just in time for July 4th festivities, Guiding Star chef Erin Dow shares some other grilling options that keep her kids happy.

Grilled meatballs made with lean meat and sandwiched between fresh basil and lightly seasoned tomatoes are a way to get the meat lovers in your family to lighten up dinner while still making sure the kids get lots of protein.  Then for dessert, grilling fruit like strawberries and blackberries is an easy way to add some anti-oxidants and nutrients to an ice cream treat.

Grilled Meatballs

1# 90% lean ground beef
1/2 c. dried breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
2 T grated Parmesan
1 t chopped garlic
1/4 t ground pepper
1/4 t salt
Olive oil for brushing

Combine the beaten egg and breadcrumbs in a small bowl and stir to combine. Allow to sit for 3 minutes.

Place the beef and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and stir until combined. Form meat mixture into 1" meatballs and place in freezer for 15 minutes to firm up before threading them onto skewers.

Lightly brush meatballs with olive oil and grill over medium heat for 15-20 minted or until the center reaches 155°F.

Grilled Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

12 large cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and seeded
2 t olive oil
1/4 t chopped garlic
Fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss tomatoes in the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Thread the tomato halves onto skewers, sandwiching small pieces of basil between halves and nesting the tomatoes together. Grill over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until tomatoes are soft and begin to caramelize. Remove skewers from heat and tent with foil for 10 minutes to allow tomatoes to soften. Serve the tomatoes as is or lightly mashed with a fork into a chunky sauce

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