Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dinner-on-a-stick for Memorial Day

Memorial Day! Don't you just love it? The kick-off to summertime! If you're still working on your bathing suit body, check out these great grilling ideas from Women's Health Magazine.

"The very nature of a skewer—lean meat or fish interspersed with a variety of fresh vegetables and maybe brushed with a simple low-calorie, high-flavor sauce—all but guarantees healthy eating. Best of all, kebabs take just a few minutes to assemble and the potential for deliciousness is limited only by your imagination. Try one of our suggested kebab perfections, or thread your own lean-and-mean masterpiece.

Rules of the Skewers

Step 1 Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes before loading them up. The moisture will prevent the wood from catching fire and scorching your dinner.

Step 2 The protein you're cooking will determine the size of the produce on your skewers. Shrimp and scallops cook quickly, so fruits and veggies should be cut smaller. Chicken and pork take time to cook, so pair them with larger chunks.

Step 3 You can marinate the loaded skewers in sauce before grilling—up to two hours for meat, but no more than 30 minutes for seafood. Or simply brush the sauce onto the food before grilling and at least once during cooking. Whether the food has been marinated or not, it's always great to finish the kebabs with a light sheen of fresh sauce just before bringing them to the table.

Step 4 You want a medium-hot grill—not so hot that it chars the food's outside before cooking the inside, but hot enough that the food's surface will fully caramelize."

Here are some of their suggested combos:

Salmon + mushrooms + pineapple + onions + teriyaki = Teriyaki Salmon

Chicken + cherry tomatoes + zucchini + pesto = Pesto Chicken

Scallops + zucchini + onions + tapenade = Mediterranean Scallops

Pork + onions + red bell peppers + peaches + jerk sauce = Jerk Pork

I'm putting the following on my shopping list:

Yellow Squash
Red & Green Bell Pepper

Now stop drooling and go fire up the grill! Enjoy some quality time outdoors with your family this weekend! Give thanks and remember those for whom this holiday is dedicated!

*Go light on the fruits if you are watching your weight. They can increase your calorie intake considerably.

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