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Barbecue on a Budget

Summer is the season of barbecues. If you’re wondering how to host a BBQ without breaking the bank, keep reading. Below, we have three ways to save without sacrificing flavor—or nutritional value.


BBQ Marinated Chicken

For sticking to a budget with your BBQ, chicken breast is a great main course. This recipe is easy to customize and delicious.


  • 1–1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


1) Place all ingredients for the BBQ chicken marinade (minus the chicken breast) into a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

2) Place chicken breast into a glass container or gallon-size bag. Then, pour the marinade on top of the chicken, making sure it is covered.

3) Let chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or, for best results, overnight.


Pro tip: It’s okay if you don’t have smoked or regular paprika, freshly minced garlic, or chili powder. You can still marinate your chicken using BBQ sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper and olive oil for tasty results.


Zesty Dill Potato Salad

Potato salad is a must-have side for any BBQ. This recipe gives a delicious, low-fat twist to a time honored classic. Plus, your guests will be feeling full and satisfied.



  • 1 pound medium red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • freshly ground white or black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste



Boil potatoes in salted water for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a serving bowl.

Add balsamic vinegar, white-wine vinegar and oil to the potatoes, tossing gently to coat. Next, add red and green bell peppers, scallions, dill and pepper and mix gently. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

Pro tip: Use a white or red onion as a substitute for scallions.


Artichoke dip

This Mediterranean-inspired side dish is a crowd pleaser for a reason. This recipe is packed with nutritious and delicious ingredients. Check it out.


  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 4 cups chopped raw spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme (or 1/3 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 cup prepared unsalted white beans (or half a 15.5-ounce can unsalted white beans, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream


Use a mixing bowl to combine the ingredients. Then transfer to an oven-safe glass or ceramic dish. Bake at 350 °F for 30 minutes. Serve warm along with mixed veggies for dipping.


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Published on: July 14, 2022