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Friday, June 3, 2016

Backyard Barbeque-Kabobs are a Healthy Option


Backyard Barbeque – Kabobs are A Healthy Option
Kabobs can be a healthy entrée and with grilling season officially her, it’s time to think about firing up the grill. Skewering food and searing it over an open flame is one of the oldest cooking methods still used.  Here are some ideas for foods that cook well on skewers.
Kabobs (or kebabs) and skewers are great when you’re grilling for a crowd because you can easily make a meal that includes both vegetarians and meat eaters. Just skewer the vegetables, tofu, chicken and meat separately and let everyone choose what they want.
  • Place small onions, red potatoes, or tomatoes on a skewer.  Snip off lower sturdy branches from a rosemary plant. Insert the rosemary in the holes created by the skewers where the vegetables are placed.  When the vegetables are done cooking, the rosemary can be removed.
  • Slice asparagus into three inch pieces and thread on a skewer.  Brush a little olive oil on the asparagus and place on the grill.
  • Place three or more types of vegetables on a skewer and season with olive oil and sea salt or herbs.  Select vegetables that have a similar cooking time i.e. carrots, potatoes, and onions.
  • Hands-on food like ribs and wings work well when put on a skewer.  Cover with BBQ sauce and grill.
  • Consider fish.  Tuna, salmon, and halibut are good sources of omega-3s and protein while having less saturated fat than beef.
  • Instead of using a bottle of marinade or sauce, squeeze fresh lime, lemon or orange onto shrimp, scallops, or chicken to provide great flavor with very few calories.

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