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Eating Outdoors Poses Food Safety Risks

Learn how to avoid spoiling the summertime party

Follow safe food handling practices when cooking and eating outdoors. — Johner Images/Getty Images

The tantalizing aroma of meat on a sizzling hot grill may be among the best things about summertime. But grilling is not only for carnivores. If your food preferences lean toward vegetables and grains, we have recipes for you too. So fire up the grill and try a few of these dishes today.

Grilled Vegetables

Even the reluctant vegetable eater will savor the smoky sweetness of zucchini, eggplant, peppers, corn and potatoes cooked on the grill. This recipe calls for a balsamic marinade, but grilled vegetables are also delicious brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of kosher salt before placing on a hot grill.

Grilled Pizza With Pancetta, Porcini and Fontina

Use this recipe to learn how easy it is to grill a pizza. Once you have the basics, add the toppings that you like. Californians love barbecued chicken pizza and ham and pineapple is popular everywhere. If you prefer cheese and vegetables only, spinach and feta cheese. Fresh pizza dough is available now in most supermarkets deli cases of make your own if you have the time.

Basic Beer-Can Chicken

Don’t be put off by the title of this recipe thinking this is too low-brow for your next backyard barbecue. The meat will be so tender it falls off the bone.

Lamb Burgers with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

Grilled ground meat patties are a constant on the world’s barbecue trail. Greek grill masters use ground lamb instead of beef. These lamb burgers buzz with Greek flavors—garlic, oregano, and mint. A refreshing tzatziki—yogurt cucumber dip—is the sauce. To complete the Greek theme, serve the burgers on pita bread instead of buns.

Chinatown Ribs

These ribs were inspired by a popular appetizer common in Chinese restaurants, dark, shiny, and supernaturally crimson, with a candy-sweet crust and a meaty but tender inside. The ribs combine the sweetness of five-spice powder and hoisin sauce against the earthy taste of roast pork. These are some of the tastiest ribs on the planet.

Grilled Fish Steak

About 4 minutes on a side will be enough for most fish steaks such as salmon or other firm fish. There isn’t a faster meal this delicious and good for you.

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