Summer Veggie and Steak Kebabs

Summertime meals should be easy, delicious and fun to make. Nothing says fun like food on a stick, and the aroma of grilled kebabs will make everyone thrilled to eat their veggies. Light on the meat and heavy on the vegetables, my Summer Veggie and Steak Kebabs are a great way to use seasonal produce. Substitute the squash and tomatoes for zucchini and bell peppers or use all to add even more color your plate. Serve with whole grain rolls and a simple salad for a quick and well-rounded meal. Cheers to outdoor cooking and making simple meals with fresh produce.

Marinade Ingredients:
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Kabob Ingredients:
¾ pound sirloin steak
1 medium summer squash
1 small red onion
1 pint cherry tomatoes

Directions:

  1. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 to 60 minutes before assembling to prevent charring.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the steak, squash and onion into bite-size pieces. Thread steak and veggies through skewers and set aside on a large platter or baking sheet. Brush the marinade evenly on the kebabs and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat. Place the kebabs on the grill and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare.

Servings: 3 to 4

Berry Breakfast Quinoa

Hearty quinoa with its nutty flavor compliments sweet berries and crunchy almonds in this breakfast bowl that will keep you satisfied all morning. Substitute the blackberries and blueberries for any seasonal berry in your region of the world. Quinoa is a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids, making it a great choice for vegetarians. It’s also an excellent whole grain option for those with celiac or gluten sensitivities since it’s naturally gluten-free.

I love to make a big batch of Berry Breakfast Quinoa on the weekend for a fast reheat and eat breakfast on busy morning. A nutritious and delicious breakfast doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water, plus more for rinsing
⅓ cup dried cranberries
6 ounces blackberries
6 ounces blueberries
⅓ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sorghum or honey

Directions:

  1. Using a fine-mesh sieve, rinse quinoa with water.
  2. Combine quinoa, water and cranberries in a rice cooker and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Add berries, almonds and sorghum. Stir to combine and serve warm or chill and enjoy cold.

Servings: 4

Zucchini Pecan Muffins

Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable and these muffins are just one sweet way to prepare this produce. Pecans add a nutty flavor, crunch and protein. An ice cream scooper with a release lever works wonders to fill the cups without making a mess. When I have extra zucchini on hand, I like to double the batch and freeze for a quick breakfast on the go.

Ingredients:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 cups grated zucchini (1 large or 2 small)
½ cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with oven-safe paper cups or coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil and eggs until the mixture turns light yellow and slightly frothy. Stir in the applesauce and yogurt. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in small batches until combined.
  4. Fold in the zucchini and pecans. Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. When done, tops will be golden brown and a toothpick will come out clean when inserted in the center.

Servings: 12

Grilled Fish Tacos with Kohlrabi Slaw

Nothing reminds me of the beach more than grilled seafood, and this recipe will have you dreaming of your next vacation. I actually brought fresh seafood home from my last trip to make these and paired them with kohlrabi from my weekly farm share from Sustainable Harvest Farm. The kohlrabi slaw adds a nice crunch to these fresh tacos, bringing the taste of the beach to your backyard. You can also make these with any white fish you have on hand, like halibut or tilapia. I like to enjoy mine with a mojito or margarita and chips and salsa.

Kohlrabi Slaw Ingredients:
1 medium kohlrabi
2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
1 lime, cut in half
1 tablespoon sorghum or honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Grilled Fish Taco Ingredients:
1 pound skinless mahi mahi filets
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 lime, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Peel and grate kohlrabi and place in a medium bowl. Add cilantro, juice from lime, sorghum, olive oil, chili powder and salt. Stir to evenly combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Place mahi mahi filets on a plate and brush with olive oil. In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, white pepper and salt. Rub seasoning onto fish.
  3. Prepare an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Grill the fish for about five minutes and then carefully turn the fish over and cook for another five minutes, until flaky and cooked through. Place fish on a serving platter covered with aluminum foil and set aside.
  4. Warm tortillas on the grill grate until small brown spots appear on both sides. Remove and wrap in aluminum foil until ready to serve.
  5. With a fork, flake fish into large chunks. Drizzle with juice from lime and serve in warm tortillas topped with kohlrabi slaw.

Servings: 4