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Grilled Pepper and Summer Squash Skewers

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Summer is here, and the time is right … for grilling veggies! Of course, we at The Pickled Beet want to help you enjoy meals that are not only delicious, but also healthy and nutritious. So, we’re focusing on grilling vegetables—and you might be surprised at how tasty they can be.

You’ll find that grilled veggies make wonderfully tasty side dishes that aren’t loaded with calories and fat. For example, a medium serving of deep fat French fried potatoes (117 grams) has 365 calories and 17 grams of fat, whereas grilled vegetable alternatives such as zucchini, eggplant, and carrots have significantly fewer calories, fat, and cholesterol.

There are basically four options when grilling: wrapping the items in foil, skewering them into kabobs, using a grill basket, or putting food directly on the grate.

While foil may be the simplest way to go, you end up essentially with steamed vegetables. Not a bad option, but not that different from how you could prepare them indoors.

Grill baskets mean a bit more time spent on prep and cleanup, but otherwise are an easy way to roast—especially for softer or smaller veggies.

Putting vegetables directly on the grill provides the best flavor (along with the desirable grill marks!). Keep in mind this method requires hardier, larger veggies in order to reduce the chance of them slipping through the grate. Regardless of how you prepare your vegetables, you’ll enjoy them more knowing how much better they are for you.

Try my chef-approved kabob skewer recipe to add a bit of flair to any meal. Grilled Pepper and Summer Squash Skewers.

The Pickled Beet provides personalized, chef-crafted meals—including vegetarian and vegan, along with meals customized for people with food allergies or sensitivities. We even customize for low-carb, keto, and other diets. If you live in the Miami area and want meals to support your specific health needs, look no further than The Pickled Beet. We provide flavorful, healthy meals so you can eat the way you know you should—without spending hours in the kitchen. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Also known as summer squash, yellow varieties of squash provide numerous health benefits. The vegetable is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. That's a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. Yellow squash is also rich in manganese.

By Anna Lee

Grilled Pepper and Summer Squash Skewers

  • Prep Time:45 Minutes
  • Cook Time:15 Minutes
  • Servings: 7 Skewers

Ingredients

For the skewers: 

3/4 pounds zucchini cut into 1″ pieces

3/4 pounds yellow squash cut into 1″ pieces

1 green bell pepper cut into 1″ squares

1 red bell pepper cut into 1″ squares

10 large mushroom

For the marinade:

1/3 cups olive oil

2 tablespoons wine vinegar

1 garlic clove minced

2 teaspoons thyme, fresh

1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoons pepper

Instructions

  1. Soak wooden skewers in salted water for 30 minutes.
  2. Boil a large pot of salted water. Blanch the zucchini, squash, and peppers.
  3. Shock in icebath.
  4. Whisk together marinade ingredients. Marinate for 30 minutes. Place on skewers. Reserve marinade.
  5. Heat grill and brush with marinade while cooking. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Soak wooden skewers in salted water for 30 minutes. Boil a large pot of salted water. Blanch the zucchini, squash, and peppers. Shock in icebath. Whisk together marinade ingredients. Marinate for 30 minutes. Place on skewers. Reserve marinade. Heat grill and brush with marinade while cooking. Cook until vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 126; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 174 mg; Potassium: 412 mg; Carbohydrate: 7 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein: 3 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 73%; Vitamin A: 45%; Iron: 2%; Calcium: 11%

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