Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lighten Up Blog Hop - May 2011

Welcome to this month's Lighten Up Blog Hop! When Beverly emailed that this month's theme would be picnic foods, I emailed back right away to say I would definitely be participating and would share our Grilled Vegetable Kabob recipe. Then I laughed right out loud at myself because I realized that once again, this is something we make often but don't have a recipe written down anywhere. Basically we just cut the veggies, skewer the veggies, season the veggies, grill the veggies, and eat the veggies. (Don't worry, though, I provide a little more detail & some photos below.) Then, I read Beverly's note about having the nutrition information with our recipe. So, I have been hard at work to bring you our version of Grilled Vegetable Kabobs!

1 medium yellow squash
1 medium zucchini
1/2 large green bell pepper
1/2 large red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
seasonings to taste - we use Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning 
Four servings, approximately 75 calories per serving.

1. Cut the veggies - cut all the vegetables into approximately 1 inch pieces, 1/4 to 1/2 inches in thickness.

2. Skewer the veggies - we typcially use these long skewers, but we also have some shorter ones that work great for individual servings.

3. Season the veggies - drizzle or brush the olive oil over the vegetables, then add seasonings to taste. We use Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, but the options for seasonings are unlimited.

4. Grill the veggies - wrap the skewers in tin foil with a few ice cubes inside and place on heated grill. The ice cubes will melt and the steam will begin to cook the vegetables. Cook approximately ten minutes, then open the tin foil (but leave it underneath the skewers to the veggies won't stick) and grill until vegetables are at desired tenderness. (I tend to like my veggies more cooked than crisp.) CAREFULLY remove the skewers from grill, remembering that the metal skewers will be VERY hot. (Don't ask how we know this so well.)

5. Eat the veggies - my very favorite part.

Be sure to hop around and check out the full May Menu!   
French Roasted Vegetable Sandwich  (Beverly)  - you are here!
Grilled Vegetable Kabobs   (Melissa) 
Pasta with Spinach and Feta  (Rachel)

The question for this month's prize is... If you had one serving of each of these dishes at your picnic how many calories would you consume? Email your answer to neusebrats{at}aol{dot}com for a chance to win this month's prize.

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  1. Melissa, I have to say that the recipe you submitted last month has been cooked three times since then! Anyway, we seem to cook in the same manner - hence my ingredients information is rather sparse, still managable I suppose! :-)

  2. These look delicious, very fresh and healthy!

  3. Ummmm, yummmm, I would like this for my lunch today (except it's raining and the bbq wouldn't work!). Love the clever idea with the ice cubes, to create steam. Ace!
    Thanks for sharing this - I will definitely save it for a sunny day!

  4. These look fantastic! So glad to be back into grilling season!

  5. what a great idea to steam them first in the foil! I like mine more cooked too, but the family tends to like them more crispy so we usually just put them straight on the grill. next time I am steaming mine!

  6. Grilled veggies are one of my favorite things about summer! These look fabulous.

  7. I love kabobs and these look like they will be scrumptious! Hey!! I got my e-mail tonight and I have to say I am so excited and happy you are a coach!! I can't wait to start this class!

  8. Love grilled veggies. I didn't know the ice cube trick, so thanks for sharing that.

  9. Love the ice-cube trick...these look great!
    Alison xx

  10. That looks yummy..... I just wish I actually liked some of those veggies. LOL. That is one of my biggest healthy eating challenges, eating veggies. I just don't like most of them. But I'll keep working on it. :)

  11. Mmmm, we just grilled zucchini this weekend! Brilliant to use ice cubes... Ha! My favorite part is the eating part too.

  12. Looks delicious and nutritious! Yea for grilling season up here in the north again!

  13. Mmm, sounds good :) I wonder if we can get yellow squash like that here? We can get zucchini, but we call them courgettes!


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