Summer Favorite - Shish Kabobs

My husband and I both have fairly large families.  We all like to get together for meals.  The trick, is finding something every one likes, and can eat with varying diet restrictions.  One thing I have found to be a success on many occasions are Shish Kabobs

Kabobs are one of my favorite entertaining dish to make, because everyone can individualize their own, and have exactly what they like on it.  It also can be surprisingly healthy!  When its just the two of us we use one type of meat and a few vegetables, when there is more, we use a large assortment, which I love!  Here are some healthy suggestions:

  • Chicken (skinless)
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Any firm white fish, such as Mahi Mahi, Halibut, Cod, etc.
  • Try Tofu!  With a good marinade it will pick up the flavors of anything you cook it with.  Start with a firmer (texture) Tofu if its new for you.
  • Onions (try a red onion for a more mild flavor or pearl onions for something different)
  • Peppers (use a variety of colors!)
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Hard boiled (about 7 min) Sweet potatoes cut into thin circles
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Citrus Slices (orange/lemon/lime)
  • Peaches
Marinate your meat for a few hours in a marinade, you can find a wide variety at the grocery store or make your own.  There are many Low Fat or Fat free options, I always like to try different ones and mix up the flavors, as well as find ones on sale!  Save some of your marinade to spread on your vegetables to flavor them before placing them on the grill later.  

If you are entertaining you can pick a variety of vegetables, cut them into different shapes (try to keep them uniform in size so they cook evenly) and let people build their own kabobs.  The more vegetables, the healthier your kabobs will be!  Mix up flavors, textures and colors for an interesting dish.  There is no "right" way to build a kabob, do whatever looks good in any order, just remember which one is yours!  When everyone has put their kabobs together spread remaining marinade over them so the vegetables get flavored.  You can also add a hint of salt and pepper.

You can find wood skewers in the grocery store for fairly cheap, soak them before using them so they don't burn.  Cooking time depends on grill temperature and if you are using a gas or charcoal grill.  You can also broil them if you don't have a grill.  Turn every few minutes, and monitor for desired doneness (usually about 12-14 when done over coals, fish and shrimp only take about 6-8 minutes).  With so many options, this is a great summer dish you can have often!  Enjoy.

picture from tasteofhome

Have you made Kabobs before?  What do you add to yours?  Share in the comments section below!

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