Grilled Veggie Kabobs

By contributing writer Tessa

One the best things about these marinated Grilled Veggie Kabobs is that they’re equally delicious hot or cold. They’re pure heaven chilled and served with a garlic yogurt dip. But hot off the grill to adorn your barbecued protein is amazing too!

One the best things about these marinated Grilled Veggie Kabobs is that they're equally delicious hot or cold. And your kids can help chop the veggies!

Many summer nights have us at the grocery store grabbing something to throw on the grill for an easy summer meal. And simple, flavorful sides to accompany our warm weather BBQs are always useful.

This one is fun for the kids to help chop because larger pieces are easier to work with. I’ve got my kids helping to make dinner now, and hopefully one day they’ll enjoy EATING their carefully chopped veggies too!

While we stick to zucchini and peppers usually, mushrooms are sometimes thrown into the mix too.

One the best things about these marinated Grilled Veggie Kabobs is that they're equally delicious hot or cold. And your kids can help chop the veggies!

Grilled Veggie Kabobs
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups large chopped veggies (like peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms) Keep pieces large enough they will stay on the skewer, about 2 inches squares
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all chopped veggies into a Ziploc bag or container and pour marinade over the top. Make the sure all the veggies are coated, shaking sealed bag as necessary. Place in the refrigerator for 4 - 12 hours, periodically turning the bag to disperse marinade.
  2. Thread veggies onto soaked bamboo skewers.
  3. Grill the veggie skewers on high heat with the lid closed for about 2 minutes. Turn skewers and repeat. Remove when veggies are crisp tender.
Notes
To keep things extra simple you can skip the skewers and place all the marinated veggies in a grill basket.

One the best things about these marinated Grilled Veggie Kabobs is that they're equally delicious hot or cold. And your kids can help chop the veggies!

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Thai Cabbage Slaw

By contributing writer Tessa

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal!

To make this slaw a complete meal, it is great topped with some grilled chicken (My Vietnamese Grilled Chicken is awesome on this), or some fried fish. For a vegetarian option, you could include some edamame or fried tofu chunks.

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal! It's also great topped with grilled chicken or fried fish.

I marvel how far my taste buds have come. As a child, I had a woefully poor diet and couldn’t stand ANY vegetable! Now, if you ask my children what my favorite food is, they always say, “salad!” So I hold out hope that my children will one day love these veggies as much as I do.

Cabbage is especially great because it is SO crunchy and satisfying. It holds up to dressings really well and can even be eaten the next day, making it a perfect vegetable to pack for hikes and picnics.

I have also used the dressing tossed with some zucchini noodles, which is equally amazing (although that version cannot be stored without all the water from the zucchini leaching out into a soggy mess).

Thai Cabbage Slaw
Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
Dressing
  • ¼ cup avocado oil, or other light tasting oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or tamari, or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste (can use finely diced lemongrass as well, the soft white inner part only)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 drops stevia, or 2 teaspoons honey or palm sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or some fish sauce to taste
  • Sriracha to taste ( I add about a tablespoon)
Slaw
  • 10 ounce bag of pre-shredded cabbage or slaw mix
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup sliced toasted almonds
Instructions
  1. Place all dressing ingredients into the jar of a blender and whir until smooth. Add water to thin to desired consistency, but add carefully. You want the dressing thick so it sticks to the cabbage shreds well.
  2. Toss the cabbage with dressing to taste. Then toss in the peppers and almonds.

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal! It's also great topped with grilled chicken or fried fish.

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One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta
Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 9 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a pot over medium-high heat, boil water with salt and the vegetable broth. Add the pasta and cook as instructed on the packaging.
  2. A few minutes before it’s is done, add the broccoli florets to the pot.
  3. Once the pasta is al dente, discard ¾ of the water and set heat to low.
  4. Add the heavy cream, butter, cornstarch, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Stir and let it simmer for 2 -3 minutes.
  5. Serve on plates and add pepper.
Notes
Add some hot sauce for a spicy kick.

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

 

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Baked Parmesan Potato Fries

Your family will love these Baked Parmesan Potato Fries. They’re easy to make and are healthier than regular fries because they’re baked. Try switching up the seasoning to use flavors that your family enjoys (Old Bay would be good!).

Baked Parmesan Potato Fries
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly coat a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Slice all potatoes lengthwise into 6 wedges and place them in the baking dish.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese, oil, and spices to the potatoes and gently mix.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes then toss fries and bake for another 30 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Add ½ piece of crushed garlic for a light pungent and spicy taste.

Your family will love these Baked Parmesan Potato Fries. They're easy to make and are healthier than regular fries because they're baked.

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