Easy Weeknight Grilling Ideas

Weeknights can be a challenge when it comes to whipping up a delicious, healthy, simple dinner–after a long day at work. All too often we end up grabbing take-out from the nearest fast food place or tossing a prepared frozen meal into the oven. Now that spring is here, we can fire up that grill and spend some time outdoors on refreshing spring evenings. These easy grilling ideas are sure to please, and won’t leave you standing in the kitchen all night-just click on the links for full recipes and be prepared to enjoy some delectable dinners in your apartment in Oswego:


Pork Chops with Cabbage and Sesame Slaw. A deliciously simple grilled pork chop combined with the tangy sweetness of orange juice and honey in this sesame slaw makes for a unique and easy meal.

Rosemary Chicken Kabobs. There’s just something about food grilled on a stick that we love. Tender chicken soaked in a honey, Dijon, rosemary, and red wine vinegar marinade pairs well with fresh, crisp bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Greek-Style Beef and Vegetables. Tender top sirloin, yellow squash, and red onion are grilled to perfection and combined with couscous and feta cheese to make a one-dish dinner that won’t disappoint.


Grilled Cedar-Plank Salmon. This recipe uses the technique of grilling on a cedar plank, which infuses delightful, flaky salmon with a woodsy, smoky flavor. Serve with a side of cucumbers and jalapenos tossed in lemon juice and olive oil.

Cumin-Dusted Catfish Sandwiches. This spicy fish is delicious topped with lettuce and tomato and served on a warm bun. Not a fan of catfish? Feel free to substitute with cod or tilapia. Grill some sweet potato wedges for a light and yummy side.

Shredded Grilled Tilapia Tacos. These fish tacos are bursting with flavor, and healthier than the fried fish variety. Top them with sweet-and-spicy slaw and fruity black bean salsa for an unforgettable meal.


Grilled Tomato-Rosemary Tart. This savory pie made with puff pastry can be combined with salad for a light dinner. Fresh rosemary and ripe plum tomatoes pair with bubbly mozzarella cheese for a light and satisfying pizza.

Rigatoni with Grilled Peppers and Onions. Smoky grilled peppers and onions are tossed with spinach, Parmesan, and rigatoni for a mouthwatering vegetarian dish.

Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches. Fresh, thick slices of grilled bread brushed with olive oil are topped with enticing eggplant, plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves to create a very satisfying veggie sandwich.

A busy weeknight doesn’t have to end in take-out dinner. Grilling has two perks–you can create a delicious dinner and spend time outside enjoying a pleasant spring evening! These recipes are quick and easy and sure to please. Contact us to learn more about our Farmington Lakes community. 

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