Monday, July 23, 2012

Grilled or Broiled Veggie Kebabs

I love cooking outside in the summertime. Well, let me clarify that. I love it when my husband cooks food outside in the summertime! I don't grill. Fire and me...we don't mix very well. But I love to eat it. And food just tastes better when you're out in nature enjoying it.

Grilling doesn't always have to involve traditional hamburgers and gross hot dogs...Sure we cook our fair share of those in the summertime. But we love to be creative and cook different foods on the grill as well. Here's one of our favorites that we grill a lot in the summertime. Especially when our garden starts producing veggies like crazy. We've also done them in the oven using the broiler and they work great that way too! 

Grilled or Broiled Veggie Kebabs

2-3 Tbsp. Olive or Canola oil
1 fresh garlic clove, crushed (optional)
Seasonings of your choice to taste *See Note 1
2-3 Cups fresh veggies of your choice, coarsely chopped into 1" pieces *See Note 2
Fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped into 1" cubes *See Note 3
Wooden Skewers

*Note 1: Salt and pepper for simple taste-buds. Be more elaborate if you want. We love the BBQ 3000 seasoning from Penzy's and seasoned salt. Try cajun seasoning, chili powder, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, barbecue sauce, and more. 

*Note 2: Fresh veggies we love include: Bell Peppers (all colors, shapes and sizes), Turnips, Zucchini, Yellow summer Squash, Winter Squash cubes, Carrots, Onions (any color), etc. 

*Note 3: If you don't have fresh available you can also used a can of pineapple cubes

In a medium sized bowl mix olive oil, garlic clove (optional), and your choice of seasonings to taste (see Note 1) to form a marinade. Add coarsely chopped veggies and stir to coat in oil and seasonings. (I don’t marinate the pineapple). Add more oil and seasonings if necessary until all the veggies are coated well. Let this marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the grill or broiler. Just before cooking, prepare wooden skewers by alternating the marinated veggies on the skewer with the pineapple until skewers are full. Lay skewers on the grill or in a drip pan under the broiler. Cook until veggies are tender, turning skewers a few times during the cooking process to cook evenly. They take about 15-20 minutes to cook.

You can make these meat and veggie kebabs by simple adding in chopped meat and veggies into the marinade. When we add meat, we usually do boneless, skinless chicken breasts chopped into 1" pieces, but you could also do steak or pork.

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