Despite a persistent shortage of rainfall in southeastern Wisconsin, the CSA vegetables are plentiful. My refrigerator is getting packed and I am again in search of new ideas. Hmmm, what to do with a wide variety of green (yellow, purple, red…) veggies???
A stir fry? No, that would heat up the house? Veggie soup? Even hotter. How about Shish Kabobs on the grill?! Wouldn’t I need to have started that last night?
My problem with Shish Kabobs has always been pre-marinating. Prepare a marinade, add meat and veggies a couple hours early (or a whole night!) , then remove and cook! For a spontaneous (read, indecisive) cook, this is only going to happen if we’re having a party. And while daily life at my house might be fun, I wouldn’t call it a party.
Inspiration began the other day when I decided (spontaneously) to cook some zucchini. I sliced it in long ovals, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled on dried oregano, salt & pepper, then popped them on the grill alongside our meat. When the grill marked beauties came off, we didn’t miss the marinade a bit. Hmmm…
No Marinade Shish Kabobs
- Veggies of your choice (I used 1 zucchini, 2 small yellow crookneck, 1 small eggplant, 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, handful of small onions)
- Meat of your choice, cut in approximately 1 inch cubes. I used about 1/2 chicken breast per person. Or cubes of tempeh if you want to go vegan!
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 1 T dried oregano
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
1. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least a half hour. For best stability, use two skewers per kabob—though one works fine if you are short (just make sure your meat doesn’t spin when you turn it so it gets cooked on both sides).
2. Insert skewers cut up cubes alternating colors. For most even cooking, leave a bit of air space between each item.
3. Drizzle skewers with olive oil, then sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper.
4. Grill on both sides until golden. For larger pieces of meat, consider inserting an instant read thermometer to test for doneness.
5. Remove skewer for serving.
This dish is great for summer. It is easy, versatile, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and uses lots of different vegetables (serve it with salad to use up even more 😉 ). Happy Grilling!