Wintertime solutions to get grilled food back on your plate


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Summertime is full of flavorful, brightly colored recipes — all grilled up and deliciously nutritious. By the time winter rolls around, soups, potatoes and comfort food casseroles take over the food scene. It’s hard to escape the season without a few of these delicious dishes, but if you’re filled up on typical cold weather creations, maybe it’s time to fire up your grill again.

It’s not impossible to get grilling this month despite winter weather challenges. Here are a few options to get creative with your next grilling adventure.


Go, go gadget!

You can pick up indoor grilling appliances anywhere from $20 up to $100-plus for the fancier tools. Your options include electric grills, grill pans and folding grills or panini presses. Any and all of these will help turn your kitchen into the perfect barbecue setting — grill marks and all!


Use what you’ve got

If you don’t want to splurge on any new cooking gear, you can always use your oven’s broiler to create a similar cooking experience. It uses a blast of intense heat to cook the contents just like a grill does. Simply preheat your oven to the desired temperature and cook your dish on the second rack, with the top rack removed. It’s not an exact match, but it’s relatively effortless and requires no new equipment.


Brave the cold

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor grill, don’t be afraid to trek outside to use it. Be sure to clear your grilling area of snow and ice, invest in a grill that will stand up to environmental issues and dress the part with extra layers. Don’t forget: You can’t use your outdoor grill inside! Gas and charcoal grills emit carbon monoxide, which is deadly in an enclosed area.