Grilled Vegetarian Kabobs

Grilled Vegetarian Kabobs, Veggie Sides, BBQ for Vegan

With summer officially in full swing and Fourth of July just days away, it's time to scrub & clean those gas or charcoal grills and brushed up on your BBQ skills. For the most part you can throw a few burgers and hot dogs on the grill and everyone would be happy, but this summer - step it up!

So you decided on hosting a BBQ this Fourth, run to the store and picked up all the necessities, burgers, hot dogs, bread, juice, sodas, beers and wine coolers. Your grill is all fired up and ready to go. You finally have a chance to wear that cute Old Navy tank top and those pineapple shorts. You're anticipating about 20 hungry family and friends, all confirmed. Then it hits you, your out-of-town cousin is coming and she's a vegan. Your sister is on another diet. And your local grocery store had a great sale on all fresh produce and vegetables and you stocked up. Corn on the cob is a crowd's favorite, but how about something a little different?

What to serve? How about a Grilled Vegetarian Kabobs. (that you might even get the kids to eat because let's face it, anything on a stick is delicious).

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Before we continue - gas or charcoal? Some swear by one, while different. The type of grill is up to you. If you're shopping around for a new grill, know the difference in what each have to offer. Still need help choosing the right grill for you, there's a great article on HuffPost that breaks down the two, see it HERE. I have to admit, there's something about a charcoal grill. Over the years, I had friends showed me all type of tricks to a perfect barbecued meat, like using pieces of woods to keep the fire going to sprinkling Heineken over your meat as it grills. Me, I'm just happy if I don't overcook or burn the meat.

Hungry yet? Here is recipe for a grilled veggie kabob that EVERYONE can enjoy.

What do you need for this grill masterpiece on a stick?

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 tables spoon shado beni

(Shado beni is a leafy herb native to the West Indies and Central America. It is widely used in the cuisine of these regions, and it also appears in Asian foods. This herb can sometimes be difficult to obtain outside these regions; sometimes specialty stores will stock it frozen or in cans. If shado beni is not available, cilantro can be used as a replacement. Thank goodness for substitution.

2 tablespoons chopped parsley)
1/2 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic
1 scotch bonnet pepper
8 mushrooms
1 sweet corn
1 large red onion
4 bell (sweet) peppers – different colors

Bamboo skewers – soak in water for at least 20 minutes prior to using (There's a reason for that)

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With the scotch bonnet pepper remember to wear gloves and don’t include the seeds as that’s where most of the heat can be found. If you prefer things a little on the mild side, I would omit the scotch bonnets. In fact, I would do half and half.

Grilled Vegetarian Kabobs, Veggie Sides, BBQ for Vegan, Meal Prep, Fourth of July BBQ Ideas

De-seed the scotch bonnet pepper and give it a fine chop. Chop the garlic, shado beni or cilantro, thyme and parsley as well. In a bowl, pour in the olive oil, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the salt, black pepper. Whisk in the chopped garlic, thyme, shado beni and parsley. You can add some balsamic vinegar in here as well - added flavor.

Don't this sound like a good marinade rub for other meats?

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Now it’s time to prep the vegetables to be marinated. Peel your corn, remove the silk and give it a wash. Now using a chefs knife, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Wash and remove the seeds from the bell peppers and cut into 1 inch pieces. *Hint - Try to keep the vegetable pieces the same size so they cook evenly*. Peel and dice the red onion and put everything into a large bowl. With the onion, try to keep it 2 layers thick so they’re as thick as the bell peppers.

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Pour in the marinade we made earlier and give it a good mix. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and allow to marinate for a couple hours in the fridge. (Don't throw your marinade juice away just yet).

Now *marinate and chill*, grab a beer or wine cooler, check Instagram and Facebook and make sure the kids clothes match that they're planning on wearing to your BBQ cookout.

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It’s now time to thread your vegetables onto your bamboo skewers (remember to soak them in water for at least 20 minutes prior or they will burn on the grill - I told your there was a reason for that). Get your grill nice and hot, brush the grates with some veg oil (on a paper towel) or spray with non-stick spay and place the vegetable skewers onto the grill. Cook for a couple minutes on each side, until they have beautiful grill marks and cooked enough so they have a slight crunch. Remember they will continue to cook for a bit after coming off the grill, so try not to over-cook or risk having  soggy vegetables.

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YUMMMY! done and ready to be served.

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Tips: Please use the remaining marinade in the bowl to brush onto the vegetarian kebabs as they grill and if you’re worried about your bamboo skewers burning, you can wrap the exposed ends with tin foil.

Pretty easy stuff huh? Now you have a nice veggie side that everyone can enjoy. Need more ideas for your outdoor summer fun? Check out these other post.

1. Frozen Watermelon Margarita
2. Brazilian Lemonade with Rum
3. 12 Awesome Party Hacks
4. Seafood Boil Recipe
5. Red, White & Blue Dessert

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