Every South African enjoys a good braai on a warm summer’s evening, but all the fatty lamb chops and sticky pork ribs can wreak havoc with your waistline. Try these guilt-free braai substitutes that deliver on flavour without making you feel bad about it.
- Substitute: beef mince patties for ostrich. Ostrich meat is a lean alternative that’s full of flavour. Add oregano, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper to your ostrich mince to make patties. Baste them in olive oil and braai them in exactly the same way you would the beef patties. Yum!
- Substitute: creamy coleslaw or potato salad for quinoa or couscous salad. Add roasted red peppers and onions, feta, spinach leaves and pinenuts for extra flavour. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with chopped coriander.
- Substitute: garlic bread for garlic basted vegetable kebabs. Chop peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, babv marrows and eggplant into large chunks. Baste them with a simple garlic-infused oil; or, if you don’t have this, rub a fresh garlic clove along the outside of the veggies. Skewer and place on the braai to sizzle away.
- Substitute: lamb kebabs for chicken kebabs. Chicken breasts are low in fat and easy to cook on a kebab. Cut your chicken breast into large chunks and sprinkle with a chicken spice. Brush with olive oil and thread onto a skewer. Use alternating pieces of pepper and mushroom in-between the chicken pieces.
Top Tip: Always soak wooden kebab skewers in water for about an hour before you use them. This will ensure they don’t burn and that no splinters go into your food.