Doesn’t everything taste better when it’s grilled? Well, OK maybe not comfort foods like chicken pot pie or risotto, but hey, its summer, so who needs comfort food? I find the sun and warm weather pretty darn comforting.
I grill A LOT in the summer, and I don’t mean to be a Debbie downer about grilling and meat, but there is some concern about grilled meats and cancer. Be careful when grilling meat to make sure that you don’t char it – which causes HCAs or hererocyclic amines to form. There is research, which suggests that HCAs are linked to cancer, but happily for all grill lovers, HCAs are considerably reduced when meat (and chicken or fish) is marinated. Just a quick dunk in any kind of marinade does the trick.
Vegetables, however, do not form HCAs, no matter how much you like to char them. So feel free to skewer them up, and grill away. Continue Reading..