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When my husband and I got married, one of the wedding gifts we got was a simple George Foreman grill. I used it all the time, and by all the time, I mean almost daily. I would grill chicken and add it to Pasta-Roni, Rice-A-Roni, and buns with mayonnaise. And that was about the extent of it. I mean, I used it all the time, but I didn’t get very creative with it.
Our budget was small (REALLY SMALL), and we did the best we knew to do. But the truth is I always felt like I was doing something right when I got out my George Foreman grill. There was something about the grill marks on the meat that made whatever I was cooking look and taste better, so even when it was paired with a simple pasta, it felt like fine-dining to us.
Fast forward to now…
Three kids later, a little more adventurous in the kitchen, and we are about to celebrate our 15 year anniversary! Woah! What!? This December 27th we will be married 15 years…
For the phase of life we are in now, the 9-serving George Foreman is WHERE IT IS AT! Bing-Bang-Boom…feed the masses in half the time! This thing gets the job done fast. If you are in our “Table for Two” crowd, this is probably not the giveaway for you…(this grill is big)…but if you feed larger crowds or enjoy entertaining larger crowds, keep reading…
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Reasons why we love this particular George Foreman grill…
- Family-Sized: Feed the whole family, with leftovers to spare! The 144 square inches of grilling surface lets you make up to nine servings at a time.
- Classic Plate Grill: This is the original George Foreman Grill. The durable grill plates give you lean, mean grilling power for all your favorite foods. Plus, it doubles as a Panini Press.
- Advanced George Tough Nonstick Coating: There’s a lot to love about this nonstick coating. Its durable, easy to clean, and reduces the need for butter and oil.
- Fat-Removing Slope: It’s the sure sign of a George Foreman Grill. The sloped grilling surface helps remove up to 42% of fat for tasty meats.
- Dual Cooking Positions: Use the slope or set it flat. The kickstand on the back of the grill gives you options for removing fat as you grill or cooking on a flat surface.
- Drip Tray: The dishwasher-safe drip tray collects excess fat and grease so you don’t have to.
- Floating Hinge: Seamlessly adjusts to cook foods of all sizes.
- Ready Indicator Light: Green means go! Indicator lights on the top of the grill let you know when it’s plugged in and when its ready to cook. It does not get any easier than this!
Okay, but why a grill pan? Why not just use a skillet?
There are a lot of recipes on Meal Planning Mommies where I suggest to use a grill pan. There are also many where I don’t. The truth is I don’t actually like to suggest using a grill pan on the blog because I know that not everyone has a grill pan, and I want everyone to be able to enjoy my recipes.
For this reason, often times I will say in a recipe, “Cook in a grill pan or a large skillet.” When I do that, I am basically saying, “This will taste better cooked on a grill pan, but if you don’t have one, don’t stress too much about it…just use a skillet.”
Let’s be honest…some things just cook and taste better when you use a grill or grill pan.
A few reasons I would prefer a grill pan over a skillet:
- The grill marks are nice. Meat just looks prettier grilled, and studies have shown that when food looks better, people think it tastes better.
- It creates a satisfying crunch to the outside of the foods being grilled.
- George Foreman grills heat the food evenly, similar to a cast-iron pan, but are way easier to clean.
- The ridges allow fat to flow off the meat, just like it would drip between the grates of a grill, so a burger doesn’t sit and boil in its own juices. This is the biggest perk, in my opinion. George Foreman grills come with a tray that catches the grease and fat too, making this effortless.
Foods that cook great on a George Foreman grill.
If you aren’t used to cooking with a grill pan or George Foreman Grill, here are a few foods you might like to try:
- Chicken breasts
- Ham Steak
- Tuna Steak
- Salmon with the skin
- Summer squash
- Sweet potatoes
- Large slices of onions
- Halved mushrooms
Or, with a big grill like this one, you can grill multiple foods at once!
20 WW friendly recipes on Meal Planning Mommies that use a grill/grill pan.
There are a lot of recipes on Meal Planning Mommies where I reference using a grill pan.
Here are links to 20 of them with the number of WW FreeStyle Smart Points per serving for each:
- Bleu Cheese Stuffed Teriyaki Burgers – 8 WW SP
- Skinny Cuban Style Grilled Paninis – 4 WW SP (pictured above)
- Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken – 4 WW SP
- Pesto Turkey Burgers – 6 WW SP
- Grilled Chicken with Mustard Sauce and Greens – 2 WW SP
- Balsamic Peppercorn Steak – 6 WW SP
- Monterey Jack Turkey Burgers – 5 WW SP
- Best Steak – 3 WW SP
- Grilled Chicken Nuggets w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce – 2 WW SP
- Pizza Burgers – 8 WW SP
- Grilled Garlic Parmesan Shrimp – 1 WW SP
- Molasses Glazed Ham Steak – 4 WW SP (pictured below)
- Grilled Southwest Salsa Verde Chicken w/ Sour Cream – 0 WW SP
- Hoisin Grilled Sirloin Steak – 5 WW SP
- Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers – 5 WW SP
- Sweet and Sour Pork and Pineapple Kabobs – 3 WW SP
- Grilled Hawaiian Bagel Panini – 6 WW SP
- Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Spicy BBQ Rub – 1 WW SP
- Italian Turkey Feta Burger Lettuce Wraps – 2 WW SP
- Super Simple Marinated Chicken -2 WW SP
Plus, I just posted one more new recipe for the grill yesterday…the Swiss Mushroom Chicken Panini Wraps that are 4 WW SP each.
Okay, I am going to wrap up this giveaway post with a short video that let’s you see what the George Foreman 9-Serving Classic Plate Grill and Panini Press is all about, in less than one minute…
How to enter the giveaway.
To enter today’s giveaway, provide your email address and answer the question in the giveaway tool below. You will have until 8:59 a.m on December 5 to enter. If you are the winner, you will be notified by email on the morning of December 5. Good luck!
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