Healthy BBQ Recipes: Italian Eggplant Melt Sandwiches, Bacon-Mango Shrimp Skewers

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It's National BBQ Month! Here are two new grill-ready recipes to add to your repertoire. Prepare to be the most popular gal (or guy) on the block...

Hungry Girl's Italian Eggplant Melt Sandwiches
Italian Eggplant Melts

1/4th of recipe (1 sandwich): 198 calories, 5.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 434mg sodium, 30.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 6g sugars, 12g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

Having a vegetarian option beyond standard frozen veggie burgers at your cookout = next-level hosting cred. And these gooey sandwiches will make everyone happy...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Four 3/4-inch-thick eggplant slices (cut widthwise from the center of a wide eggplant), patted dry 
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (see HG Tip
1/8 tsp. black pepper 
Four 100-calorie flat sandwich buns (like Arnold Select/Brownberry/Oroweat Sandwich Thins
4 thin slices red onion, rings intact 
4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese 
1 cup baby spinach leaves 
4 large slices tomato 
4 tsp. Hellmann's/Best Foods Dijonnaise 


Lay eggplant slices on a large plate or baking sheet. Drizzle with Worcestershire sauce, and sprinkle with pepper.

Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Place eggplant on the grill, and cook for 5 minutes with the grill cover down.

Flip eggplant. With the grill cover down, cook for 5 more minutes. 

Split buns into halves. Add bun halves and onion to the grill, alongside the eggplant. Cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes, or until bun halves are toasted. 

Remove bun halves, and flip onion. Cook, uncovered, until veggies have softened, 1 - 2 more minutes. 

Top each eggplant slice with a slice of cheese, and cook until melted, about 1 minute. 

Top the bottom half of each bun with a cheesy eggplant slice. 

Evenly top eggplant slices with spinach, tomato, and onion. Spread 1 tsp. Dijonnaise on the top half of each bun, and place over your sandwiches. 


HG Tip: If you're making these sandwiches for vegetarians, make sure you use a Worcestershire sauce that's veggie friendly, like this one from Annie's.

Hungry Girl's Bacon-Mango Shrimp Skewers
Bacon-Mango Shrimp Skewers

1/4th of recipe (1 skewer, 6 bacon-wrapped shrimp): 207 calories, 8g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 690mg sodium, 9g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 23.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 4*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 4*

Put another (bacon-wrapped) shrimp (with mango-balsamic sauce) on the barbie!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

12 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon, halved horizontally
3/4 cup cubed mango (fresh or thawed from frozen)
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
24 raw large shrimp (about 12 oz.), peeled, tails removed, deveined

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. (You'll need four.)

Cook bacon in a skillet or microwave until cooked but not crisp, about half the time stated on the package. Transfer to a layer of paper towels.

In a food processor or small blender, combine mango, vinegar, and brown sugar. Pulse until smooth and uniform. Reserve half of this mixture for dipping.

Wrap a half a slice of bacon around each shrimp, and evenly thread onto 4 skewers, skewering the bacon so it stays wrapped.

Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Place kebabs on the grill, and brush with half the unreserved mango-balsamic mixture. Grill for 5 minutes with the grill cover down.

Flip kebabs and brush with remaining unreserved mango-balsamic mixture. With the grill cover down, grill for 5 more minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through and bacon is crispy.

Serve with reserved mango-balsamic mixture for dipping.  



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