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Old 03-24-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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George Foreman

does anyone use a George Foreman for cooking? I am trying to find a quick easy way to support my single low carb lifestyle.

For some reason, when i grill my chicken on the GF, it just doesnt taste as good.

90% of my issue is not knowing how to cook. so, maybe I can get some ideas here. I am kind of embarrassed but I def have kitchen anxiety.lol
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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There is a discussion re: this on the recipe forum. Someone mentioned that Walmart has a brand that is less expensive and the grill plates can be removed to be cleaned.
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I don't think the GF grill will ever replicate a flame grill, but you can still make some respectable meat on there. I'd recommend finding some good low-carb marinades and prepare your meat ahead of time. This should give it a better flavor and possibly increase the moisture. I don't know if it's the thing to do, but I've actually frozen chicken breasts in ziploc bags with marinade so they would be ready when I was.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:13 PM   #4
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thanks! good ideas. Maybe I will try the marinade. It might help to find some flavor.

will check the recipe section as well.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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I don't use my GF grill very much because I, too, find foods often lack flavor, probably because they cook too fast. I have used it successfully to cook marinated portabello mushrooms, and chicken breasts if they have been marinated, but mostly I use other things because my GF is large, and a pain to clean. My latest thought is to make some LC bread and use the GF as a panini press... I think it might work.
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I have a Hamilton Beach I've had for years. I put whatever spices, salt and pepper etc on before putting in grill. I think whatever I grill has good flavor. I think the trick might be to add spices first and not over grill. It took me awhile to figure out the times when I first got the grill. I don't think getting a George Foreman would make any difference, if you don't like the flavor, but I could be wrong.............. Ann
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The first thing to do when using a GF is to plug it in and turn it on AT LEAST 5 minutes before you cook anything.

The second thing is to marinate or otherwise season your foods - I generally spray meat items with olive oil cooking spray first, then sprinkle on whatever I want.

The third thing, especially with chicken and pork chops, is DON'T OVERCOOK! This leads to dry, tasteless meat.

And the fourth thing - they are easiest to clean if, after cooking, you unplug it, then put a double layer of moistly damp, but not dripping, paper towels in it, then close the lid, and let it stand til cool. It's so much easier to wipe out that way, as it steams off anything that is cooked on. Make sure to leave the drip tray under it, to catch any loosened greasy drips or moisture from the paper towels.

All THAT being said - I haven't used mine in ages. I do have a multi-purpose grill/griddle/panini press and I find I use that a lot more.
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Used to have the GF, but recently I bought a grill pan that goes on the stove top and I like it much better... way easier to clean, and the food tastes more "grilled" to me.
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I don't use my GF grill very much because I, too, find foods often lack flavor, probably because they cook too fast. I have used it successfully to cook marinated portabello mushrooms, and chicken breasts if they have been marinated, but mostly I use other things because my GF is large, and a pain to clean. My latest thought is to make some LC bread and use the GF as a panini press... I think it might work.
Hi Jld...

Yup. When you are cooking from both sides at once, food cooks twice as fast…


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I've never been a fan of the GF - Bought one way back when I was doing Low fat.
For indoor " grilled foods" May I suggest a cast iron grill pan? I love mine. I love all my cast iron pans. You get lovely grill marks and food tastes so much better. For a smoky grilled flavor I like to add smoked paprika to my meats.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:54 PM   #11
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I love my cast iron grill pan also.
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I've used my George Foreman grill many, many times for chicken, pork chops, and burgers. I cook chicken tenders from frozen, for about 7-8 minutes. That's about all it takes for frozen hamburger patties, too.

For me the chicken is best with a seasoning (I like McCormick Rotisserie Chicken), then dipped in a "gravy" I make from cream cheese and cream melted together. Oh, my! It tastes fabulous on pork chops, too. For hamburger patties, the condiments and cheese make it perfectly yummy on the GF grill, I think.

I hope you find a way to cook that you enjoy.
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Oh, theredhead...I would give you a big kiss for your 'gravy' idea. Sounds divine!
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Oh, theredhead...I would give you a big kiss for your 'gravy' idea. Sounds divine!
I'm glad you like it. I got the idea from Linda Sue's recipe for Alfredo Sauce. I couldn't resist tasting at each step, and I realized that just those two ingredients made an awesome gravy.
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