G is for Grilling – Week 4

Need a simple go-to meal to win over any guest? Try veggie kabob! For a protein, anything from chicken to lean steak or even tofu! Because your protein is cubed into smaller sizes, cook time is less, and when paired with a good veggie and/or fruit blend, the taste is fantastic!

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Start by cubing chicken breast into slightly larger than bite-sized cubes (they will shrink up a bit when cooking). Throw them in a bag with 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 cup of your favorite teriyaki sauce, and 1/4 cup sesame oil. Marinate 1 to 12 hours. Next, place them onto skewers and set aside.

Cut one red and one orange bell pepper into four parts, lengthwise, then half each of those segments in cross section. Quarter one large red onion. Place the bell peppers and onion into a large bowl, toss with olive oil and set aside

Next, cut the rind off a ripe pineapple. Standing it upright, cut it into 4 pieces lengthwise. This will expose the core on each of the quartered segments. Cut the cord from the center, then divide each pineapple segment in half, lengthwise again. Finally, cube the segments. Skewer the bell peppers, onion, and pineapple equally.

With a grill heated to 425-450F, place your chicken skewers over direct heat. After about 5 minutes, rotate the chicken and place your veggie/pineapple skewers next to the kabobs, on indirect heat. Continue to rotate in their respective positions until done, which is about 10 minutes.

Grilled Bourbon Glazed Peaches
Here’s a little trick you might like. Have you ever bought a big bag of peaches that smell and look beautiful, only to find out the test is less than advertised? It’s the worst! Well, rather than tossing them away, try slicing and placing on the grill. The heat will help to caramelize those remaining sugars to sweeten them up. Try this:

One peach, sliced. Toss in 1 cup bourbon and coat in a bit of agave (which is preferred over honey as it is less viscous).
Heat over grill on medium heat, preferably on a higher rack in the grill as to not expose the peaches directly to the hottest grill plates.
Flip once, and take off once you have a nice grill mark.

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