Tasty, Beautiful, Healthy: Grilled Veggie Kebabs

11 Jun

More from our recent camping trip…veggie kebabs are crunchy and fresh accompaniments to all that heavy meat you are throwing on the grill. They are fun to make and fun to eat and look beautiful on a picnic table. The marinade has just five ingredients…the taste of summer produce shines through!

Bright and beautiful, these kebabs are sure to be a favorite of campers and grill-lovers!

Bright and beautiful, these kebabs are sure to be a favorite of campers and grill-lovers!

VEGGIE KEBABS

Dozen wooden skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes (soak them as you cut vegetables)

MARINADE

3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 generous tsp oregano

2-3 tsps fresh lemon juice

2 generous pinches salt

VEGGIES

About 2 lbs quick-cooking mixed vegetables such as

1 Cup grape or cherry tomatoes (whole)

1 Cup green/red/yellow/orange peppers, cut into 1” squares

1 medium zucchini, sliced into rounds

1 medium yellow squash, sliced into rounds

8 oz. button mushrooms, wiped cleaned, stems trimmed and cut in half top to stem

(eggplant is not recommended for a mixed kebab as it takes much longer to cook; in general, stay away from dense vegetables for this)

Whisk together all marinade ingredients and place in a resealable 1-gallon plastic storage bag (or put them in the bag, seal, and shake vigorously until combined). Put all the vegetables in the bag, seal and shake to coat thoroughly. Let marinate at least 20 minutes. Get the grill going.

Now for the messy part. Spear mixed veggies onto the skewer in whichever order seems right to you (this is a great job for kids). Don’t  squeeze them together (you want them to have surface area between to cook quickly and evenly) and leave ample space for hands to hold them. Figure on 5-7 vegetables per skewer.

Lay on medium hot grill and cook for 5 minutes, turn, and cook more. They should be completely done in 15 minutes or so, depending on your grill. You are looking for blistering, even charring, skin on the tomatoes and peppers for doneness. You can move them about to different temperature areas on the grill as needed. Serve!

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14 Responses to “Tasty, Beautiful, Healthy: Grilled Veggie Kebabs”

  1. gemgemgoesglobal August 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    i love a good roasted veggie kebab but i’ve been too lazy to have a bbq this summer and now it’s raining every day 😦 considering going out, getting the last of the summer veg stalk and just going wild and trying to do it in the house XD they were good when i made them under the grill (i like mine very spicy but they were not unlike mini versions of the ones you made here) but nothing beats a piping hot roasted veg skewer while lounging with a cold Magners 🙂

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy August 18, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Ooooh, what is a Magners?

      • gemgemgoesglobal August 18, 2013 at 9:54 am #

        :O it’s Cider! Wait are you in America?? Maybe it’s exclusive to the UK. Very tasty, best served ice cold and definitely refreshing 😀 great on any occasion but especially nice in summer 🙂

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy August 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

        Yes, in America! Magners sounds delicious! Thanks for the information…

  2. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy August 15, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Reblogged this on Hot, Cheap & Easy and commented:
    NOTE TO READERS: Yes, I am kind of on vacation this week, thus the reblogs…but of course I AM cooking! We grilled last night and I did my quickie marinade for veggies. My brother asked for the recipe, so here it is!

  3. Bluejellybeans June 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Que buena pinta tienen estos pinchos, Natalia. Nosotros todavía no hemos encendido nuestra barbacoa, pero cuando lo hagamos, te tendré presente 🙂

  4. thewindykitchen June 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    very beautiful indeed 😉

  5. Mad Dog June 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Great kebabs – i’d have to suspect you ate them with a little meat of fish 😉

  6. Karen June 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Your kebabs look great. It has been so rainy that I have not fired up my grill once. 😦

  7. Ashley June 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    They were fabulous, especially the bell peppers!

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