Are you taking advantage of the summer sunshine by moving your dinner preparations outside? Summer is a wonderful time to perfect the art of grilling, and while I’m no Steven Raichlen, I have been known to grill up a pretty mean kebab from time to time!
Did you know that 92% of corn cultivated in the United States is genetically modified, along with 94% of soy? This is a scary statistic, given that the livestock industry is the largest consumer of soy meal. In fact, 98% of U.S. soy meal goes to feed pigs, chickens, and cows. It’s no surprise that demand for non-GMO feed has grown exponentially in the past few years as consumers seek to purchase products from animals raised and fed a diet in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard.
Luckily, brands like Oregon Country Beef are holding themselves to high product quality, animal welfare, and environmental standards. Oregon Country Beef, along with a host of other brands, are honoring consumers’ requests for non-GMO meat by following rigorous standards to feed their cattle in ways that are consistent with the Non-GMO Project Standard.
In fact, the Non-GMO Project currently has over 150 verified meat products – and, of course, thousands of verified fruits and vegetables for the herbivores among us! Some of my favorite dishes, like grilled Portobello burgers and BBQ pizza, are as tasty and vegetarian. #meatlessmondays anyone?
So, let’s fire up those barbecues and get cookin’! This recipe for grilled chicken is sure to fill your family up after a long day of summer camp activities:
Heavenly Hickory (Non-GMO) BBQ Chicken
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Preheat your grill to hot – or fire up your charcoals at least 15 minutes before cooking.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, honey, smashed garlic, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper with a fork. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Rinse and dry the chicken breast halves thoroughly. Pound each breast gently to an even thickness.
Brush the chicken generously with the olive oil mixture. Place the chicken on the hot grill. Allow the chicken to cook until char marks appear, approximately 4-5 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook until golden brown on the other side and cooked all the way through, another 4 to 5 minutes.
Brush on Woodstock’s Organic Hickory BBQ Sauce for the last few minutes of cooking for an incredible, smoky flavor! Or, choose your favorite from sauce from our list of over 3,300 condiments, oils, dressings, and spreads.
Let the grilled chicken cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Round out your meal with grilled marinated tomatoes and grilled asparagus and you might not even have room for grilled peaches or pineapple! Be sure to use Non-GMO Project Verified spices and rubs for your meats, fruits, and veggies – with over 2,500 verified herbs and spices to choose from, they won’t be hard to find at your local grocery store!
What will your family be grilling up this summer? Be sure to let me know what your favorite grilling secrets are in the comments!
Looking for more vegan options? Check out our blog Where’s the Beef? The Truth about Vegan Meat for more information and ideas!