Sizzlin’ Summer Kabobs
By Lindsay MacNab
AmesEats Flavors Writer
With summer already here, it’s time to fire up your grill and get cooking! If you’re in need of a simple yet tasty idea, grab those kabob skewers and let’s get started. From teriyaki chicken to chocolate drizzled raspberries there is a perfect summer kabob out there for you! Here are a few tips that will help transform your kabobs into a delicious and healthy treat that everyone can enjoy:
- Looking for lighter option? Alternate your skewer with cubes of cold mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato and fresh basil. As an extra touch, lightly drizzle with olive oil.
- Fruit fanatic? Try picking out a variety of fresh fruit at your local farmer’s market. Alternate with chunks of juicy fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, oranges, melons and more. You can even cut the fruit pieces into various shapes, like stars or hearts, for a tastier appeal.
- Got shrimp? Instead of marinating the shrimp in a calorie-rich sauce, try adding a hint of lemon or lime juice on top. The citrus juice is sure to give your kabob an extra zing!
- Entertaining? Antipasto kabobs make the perfect appetizer. Combine cooked cheese tortellini with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Once marinated and drained alternate with black olives, sliced salami, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sliced pepperoni and green olives. Sprinkle with parsley or basil flakes.
- Chocolate lover? Create a kabob with strawberries, slices of banana and raspberries. Drizzle with white, dark or milk chocolate. Yum!
- Taste for teriyaki? Marinate chicken or lean pork in a light teriyaki sauce that is either bought from the store or created by you. Pair with chunks of pineapple and green, red and yellow peppers. Serve with a side of brown rice.
- Crazy for veggies? Yellow and green zucchini, sweet onions, multicolored peppers, whole mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and red potatoes are some options for great kabobs!
- Herbs, herbs and more herbs? Instead of using a sauce or marinade which is typically high in calories, sprinkle your kabobs with a variety of different herbs, like basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary or oregano, in order to spice up the flavor.