Fire up a healthy summer barbecue
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 medium English cucumber, cut into 3/4-inch dice

1 avocado, cut into 3/4-inch dice

1 mango, cut into 3/4-inch dice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Whisk the first 7 ingredients together and then add remaining ingredients, mix well and chill.

Don't forget dessert. Instead of a heavy cake or pastry, try grilling stone fruits (plums, peaches, apricots or nectarines) and pineapple, and serve them with a scoop of frozen yogurt. Or if you are up for something a little more elaborate try grilled berry crisps from

(Yields 1 serving)

3/4 cup fresh berries

1/4 teaspoon raw sugar


Cut one 12-by-16-inch rectangle each of foil and parchment. Arrange berries in the center of parchment and sprinkle with sugar. Crumple up in foil and cook, covered, on grill grates or coals for five to seven minutes, or until berries begin to burst. Top with granola. Serve with frozen yogurt or some low-fat whipped cream.

Barbecuing can be healthful and tasty, and it doesn't require any extra work to make it that way. Be creative and use what's in season as inspiration. The Internet is full of resources for healthful summer recipes.

Remember: When grilling, just as with any other means of cooking, it is important to remember to prepare your food safely to prevent cross contamination and food-borne illness. Keep your meats chilled in the fridge until ready to cook, and use different tools to prepare your meats and vegetables. Check out for more information on making your barbecue a safe one.