TUCSON, Ariz. - Is your go-to dinner on heavy rotation these days? Consumer Reports’ Paul Hope says get outdoors and start grilling.
“If you’re feeling a little stir crazy, grilling is a great excuse to get outside and do something different," says Consumer Reports Home Editor, Paul Hope.
For healthy food inspiration, look beyond meat. Peppers, onions, eggplant ,and zucchini are all great grilling options. Also tasty, leafy greens like kale and other lettuces. Try grilling romaine for a heartier take on a Caesar salad. Or, toss kale with a little olive oil and salt, place on the grill for a few minutes to get crispy kale chips. And, if your grill has seen better days, it might be time to upgrade, which you can still do.
“In most states, home centers like Home Depot and Lowe’s are considered essential so they are open for business," says Hope. "Make sure to check grill inventory online and choose curbside pick-up or delivery instead of going to the store to buy.”
There is an Even Embers gas grill that is a CR Best Buy for about $400. It earns excellent ratings for evenness and preheat performance. Or, consider the recommended Nex-Grill Deluxe available at the Home Depot for about $500. Both are mid-sized grills which are good options whether you are grilling for a crowd or keeping it simple.
CR says if it’s been awhile, since you’ve fired up your gas grill be sure to inspect for spider webs and insect nests as they can cause flare ups. And check for any gas leaks, too.
Click here to see how to keep your grill in cookout shape and how to get it ready for the season.