Quick and healthy kebabs to please a crowd
It is the season for entertaining and for BBQs. In our home Mr Fresh is in charge of the BBQ. When we have a BBQ meal it is the only time he cooks so I encourage BBQs as often as possible, especially during the holidays. I love to cook but we all need a break once in a while. My children are nearly 5 and nearly 8 and they seem to eat non-stop ALL day at the moment. Some days the constant requests for food are enough to send me into a spin of complete exasperation. How do you keep coming up with food options for a bottomless pit? They eat more than their recommended amount of fruit each day simply because once I am out of ideas and things in the fridge to give them they are re-directed to the fruit bowl. If you have young boys of this age do yours seem to need constant feeding also?? I’d love to know.
Kebabs are a crowd pleaser as well as a family favorite. This is not really a recipe I don’t think as they are so easy to make – cut your vegetables into cubes and shove them onto a skewer! The flavour comes from the char of the BBQ/grill and the sauce that accompanies them. These will be the factors that mean your guests are searching the empty plate for more, or the kids ask for one in their school lunch box the next day.
During the summer holiday, entertaining period there is a need to cater for a variety of food intolerance, preference and requests. |These simple kebabs can be tailored to meet almost everyone’s needs. They can be easily adapted to contain any fresh vegetable ingredients you have on hand and are simple to adapt to a vegetarian option also. Generally, everyone loves a kebab. They are easy to eat while standing and chatting, one in each hand or two in one hand and a drink in there other. They are fuss-free, no need to find cutlery or a plate and a seat. These kebabs, or skewers if you prefer, may be cooked on the BBQ, or if you are a non BBQ cook as I am you can use a griddle pan or cook them under the grill. The most important thing is that the meat (if you are using it) is cooked through. If the meat is cooked the other ingredients will be well and truly ready, and probably falling off the skewer.
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- 500 grams lamb diced into small cubes
- teaspoon oregano
- pinch salt
- small eggplant - peeled and cut into cubes
- small zucchini - peeled and cut into slices
- 400 grams cherry tomatoes
- 200 grams mushrooms
- ½ cup natural yogurt
- ½ cucumber - grated
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 garlic clove chopped finely
- handful of mint chopped finely
- Randomly add and alternate the pieces of meat and vegetables to each skewer until full
- Heat a griddle pan or the BBQ until hot.
- Mix together the sauce ingredients and set aside until serving
- Brush the plate or base of the pan with coconut oil to prevent the skewers from sticking and cook them for approximately 2 minutes, turn and cook the next side and repeat until the meat is cooked through. Sprinkle with the oregano and salt while cooking
- Once the meat has cooked through remove to a serving plate
- Serve drizzled with the sauce, or add it on the side for dipping
The tomatoes may fall off the skewers while they are cooking as they will be the quickest thing to cook. Simply scoop them up and set them aside to add to the plate when the skewers are served
Use any vegetables your family enjoys.
I had intended to add haloumi cheese to these but forgot to add it when I assembled them.
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