Marinade Recipes and Easy Meal Ideas
The pairings and menu ideas are suggestions, not rules. Marinades are like condiments, rubs, and sauces -- they can be mixed and matched with a variety of entrees. While a recipe may call for pork, the marinade may also be great on poultry or fish. Be bold -- experiment!
Lynn's Best Herb-and-Garlic Pork
"I like the flavor that grilled foods take on," says Lynn Blanchard, Director of the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen. She prepares her pork roast with garlic, plus fresh herbs straight from her garden.
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Chopped tomato salad: Toss tomatoes with lemon zest, chopped red onion, salt, and pepper.
- Grilled angel food slices: Brush cake lightly with melted butter or spray with cooking oil and grill. Serve with shaved chocolate and coconut.
Beef Steak in Thai Marinade
Fiery red curry paste mixes with sweet coconut milk and tangy citrus, bringing the flavors of Thailand to your dinner.
- Grilled vegetables: Toss bell pepper quarters and scallions with oil, salt, and pepper; grill to desired doneness.
- Shrimp puff snacks purchased from an Asian market
- Prepared vanilla rice pudding served with mango slices dusted with cardamom or cinnamon
Szechwan Chicken Salad
Jicama, a root vegetable usually associated with Central and South American cooking, is used here to great advantage. It adds moistness, crunch, and freshness to the salad.
- Fried rice, from Chinese take-out
- Iced tea
- Orange sherbet or sorbet sprinkled with chopped crystallized ginger
Curried Yogurt Marinade
This spicy, golden marinade, with a splash of sweet honey, is equally delicious as an enhancer for pork, chicken, lamb, or beef. You should grill long-cooking meats over indirect heat, so the honey doesn't burn during cooking.
- Grilled pocket-less pita brushed with olive oil and a whisper of cinnamon
- Creamed spinach
- Lassi, an iced mango-yogurt smoothie-like drink
Low-Fat Grilled Vegetables on Focaccia
A blend of goat cheese and fat-free cream cheese is spread over focaccia and filled with a colorful mix of grilled red sweet peppers, zucchini, and eggplant in this vegetarian sandwich.
- Crackers with low-fat cream cheese topped with hot pepper jelly
- Green salad with toasted nuts
- Passion fruit sorbet