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Thanks to Karin Hosenfeld from northdallasnutrition.com for these heart-healthy and tasty summer recipes.

Grilled Pizza Margarita
Food Network Recipe courtesy Johanne Killeen and George Germon, Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking From Al Forno, Harper Collins, 1991
Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:
2 hr 40 min
Cook Time:
8 min
Level:
Intermediate
Serves:
1 (10-inch) pizza

Ingredients    
6 ounces Pizza Dough, recipe follows
1/4 cup virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
    1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
    1/2 cup loosely packed shredded fontina
    2 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano
    6 tablespoons chopped canned tomatoes, in heavy puree
    8 basil leaves

Directions
Prepare a hot charcoal fire, setting the grill rack 3 to 4 inches above the coals.
On a large, oiled, inverted baking sheet, spread and flatten the pizza dough with your hands into a 10 to 12-inch free-form circle, 1/8-inch thick. Do not make a lip. You may end up with a rectangle rather than a circle; the shape is unimportant, but do take care to maintain an even thickness.
When the fire is hot (when you can hold your hand over the coals for 3 to 4 seconds at a distance of 5 inches), use your fingertips to lift the dough gently by the 2 corners closest to you, and drape in onto the grill. Catch the loose edge on the grill first and slide the remaining dough into place over the fire. Within a minute the dough will puff slightly, the underside will stiffen, and grill marks will appear.
Using tongs, immediately flip the crust over, onto the coolest part of the grill. Quickly brush the grilled surface with olive oil. Scatter the garlic and cheeses over the dough, and spoon dollops of tomato over the cheese. Do not cover the entire surface of the pizza with tomatoes. Finally, drizzle the pizza with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Slide the pizza back toward the hot coals, but not directly over them. Using tongs, rotate the pizza frequently so that different sections receive high heat; check the underside often to see that it is not burning. The pizza is done when the top is bubbly and the cheese melted, about 6 to 8 minutes. Serve at once, topped with the basil leaves and additional olive oil, if desired.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Pizza Dough:
1 tablespoon active dry yeast  
    6 cups high-gluten flour
    2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    Extra-virgin olive oil
Sprinkle the yeast over 1/2 cup warm (105 to 110 degrees F) water and allow it to dissolve and activate, about 5 minutes.
Combine the flour and salt and mound it onto a cool work surface creating a high walled well in the center. Combine the yeast mixture with 1 1/2 cups of cool water and pour into the well. Slowly begin to mix the water and flour, a little at a time, moving your fingers in short, counter clockwise circles around the border of the water. When the dough is firm enough to hold it's shape, scrape the remaining flour over it and knead until the mass is smooth and shiny, approximately 7 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a bowl that has been brushed with olive oil. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil to prevent a skin from forming, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place away from drafts until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours. Punch down the dough and knead once more. Let the dough rise again for about 40 minutes, punch down again and form dough into 4 balls.

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries in Balsamic
From Good Housekeeping  
Ingredients
 1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and each cut in half, or into quarters if large
    2 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon(s) sugar
    1 (9-ounce) store-bought angel food cake
    Whipped cream (optional)
 In medium bowl, toss strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let stand at room temperature until sugar dissolves, at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on medium. Cut angel food cake into 6 wedges.
Place cake on hot grill rack and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly toasted on both sides, turning over once. Spoon strawberries with their juice onto 6 dessert plates. Place grilled cake on plates with strawberries; serve with whipped cream if you like.

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