Kebabs can be made with all kinds of meats, poultry and fish as well as all kinds of veggies, then grilled with a variety of sauces. Plan your kebab menu based on what you like. Kebabs or skewers can be one type of meat (of any type) or you can mix up a skewer with meats, veggies and fruit. There are no limits to what you can create. Sauces can vary depending upon the menu choice. I have chosen to grill using a homemade BBQ sauce that I use as a marinade prior to grilling.
Sauce/marinade prepared first!
Blend tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, molasses, mustard powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, ground black pepper, and sugar together in a blender.
Pour blended mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just heated through (about 5 minutes). Let cool for 10 minutes.
Combine the chicken or meat/shrimp (or all three!) and veggies together, coat well with some of the BBQ marinade in a bowl for 30 minutes. Keep rest of sauce separate for topping when serving.
Once the meat/shrimp is well marinated, begin to thread it, the zucchini, onion, and tomatoes onto the skewers.
Grill for 4-5 min per side or in the oven until the meat/shrimp is cooked. Beef will take a bit longer to cook to medium, shrimp will take less time.
Serve immediately with additional BBQ sauce if desired!
If you are Vegetarian or Vegan, leave the meat/chicken/shrimp out, add marinated tofu for protein, if desired. Other options: The kebabs can be marinated veggies, or you can add fruit such as chunks of pineapple, peaches or watermelon ... delicious grilled; add other veggies such as peppers, carrots, purple potatoes and corn ... be creative!
Flavorings for marinating kebabs include seasonings and dipping sauces - endless! For sauces, think tahini, pesto, fruit glazes, teriyaki, Thai peanut, curry, or balsamic, just to get you thinking. Tossing skewer foods with olive oil and a seasoning such as za'tar, garlic, Italian spices, or Indian spices add tons of flavors. Kebabs can be for dessert as well. Making a colorful fruit kebab can be dipped in chocolate or other sweet sauces.
Enjoy being creative with kebab grilling! Use some of my suggestions or make up your own. We'd love to hear what you have come up with!
Wife and publicist of Dr. David Bernstein, Melissa has developed many clinical educational offerings online, published articles and co-authored several books over the years. Her love for cooking is put into action as she helps others live out the Power of 5 lifestyle!