Four Yogurt Marinades and Sides for Your Next BBQ

Father’s Day is this weekend. All around America, dads will be grilling. We love barbecues! Not only is barbecuing a great way to change up your diet and try out new recipes, but it’s also a great way to not add any heat to your home!

The problem with barbecuing is that the food can be heavy and filled with sugar and carbs. We’re always looking for new ways to lighten things up, make them fresh and cut out carbs. As it’s National Dairy Month, we thought it might be a great time to explore how yogurt can bring a tangy twist to beloved barbecue recipes! Here are four great options. We have two delicious side recipes and two meat recipes the dad in your life will love throwing on the grill!

Marinated Boneless New York Strip Steak


If lighting the charcoal means steak time in your house, this will be a hit! The marinade on this steak uses Greek yogurt. The acid in the yogurt helps break down protein in the meat, making it more tender, and it adds a subtle flavor that won’t overpower the taste of the steak! Using spices, yogurt and a little olive oil, you get a delicious marinade that will enhance your steak rather than mask it. A serving has 455 calories, three grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Yogurt-marinated Chicken


The yogurt in this recipe makes the chicken even juicier and has a slightly tangy flavor. You should also use bone-in, skin-on chicken on the grill to keep in moisture as it cooks. For best results, marinate overnight, or at least three hours. The marinade has spices, lime juice, cilantro and garlic, meaning it can be a star rather than just an option for folks who don’t like red meat. A serving has 57 calories, six grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.

Low-cal, Low-carb Coleslaw


This is the winning ticket if you want a classic coleslaw but want something lighter! The slightly tangy flavor of Greek yogurt is perfect in the place of mayo. It cuts out calories while also adding protein! We always cheat while making coleslaw and buy a bag of the pre-shredded coleslaw veggie mixes from the supermarket. All you have to do is add green onion and your dressing! A serving has 40 calories, seven grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Keto Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese


This is a side we could eat as a main course! You don’t hear bacon and cheese and think “healthy.” But, buy low-sodium bacon and cook it in the oven on a rack to drain as much fat as possible, and it’s not that bad. And, some grated cheddar goes a lot way! With almonds and pumpkin seeds, this salad has a lot going on, and your whole family will love this side — even the veggie haters! Instead of ranch or a heavy mayo dressing, Greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar pair to make a tangy topping that ties everything together. A serving has 187 calories, 9.1 grams of carbs and 4.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.   

We hope you enjoy these recipes this Sunday and all summer long. Happy grilling, Dads!

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