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If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]
Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding incredible results. Our recipe uses a very simple seasoning that pairs beautifully with that charred, smoky flavor added by the grill. Find a Brussels sprouts hater and let’s change their mind!
Here’s all you’ll need: Brussel sprouts, onion, red and orange peppers, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Let’s get cooking! If you plan on using wood or bamboo skewers, now’s a good time to get them soaking in water. Soaking them in water for 10-15 minutes before threading will keep the skewers from cooking on the grill along with the food. Of course if you’re using metal skewers or a grill basket you won’t need to do this.
Add 1 inch of water to a large saucepan. Place a steamer basket over the top. Bring the water to a boil. Add the sprouts to the steamer basket. Reduce the heat to a simmer and steam, covered for 4-6 minutes or until the veggies are crisp-tender. I know the title of this recipe is Grilled Brussels Sprouts but precooking helps to ensure the centers won’t be raw. Remove from the steamer and allow the brussels sprouts to cool.
Next cut the peppers and onions into 1-1/2 inch pieces. I used red and orange peppers but you can add any veggies that you like. Green peppers or cherry tomatoes would make great additions too. Hearty vegetables work best when it comes to grilling so save the spinach and kale for another time.
While we have the cutting board out, we’ll need to trim the Brussels sprouts as well. Slice off and discard the bottom end of each Brussels sprout, as well as any wilted or discolored leaves. Then cut each sprout in half vertically. Thread the vegetables onto the skewer alternating between a Brussels sprout, a pepper and an onion. Repeat the pattern until the skewer is full. Make sure your veggies have a little bit of room to breathe. If they’re jammed too tight you won’t get an even cook.
Now it’s time to make our seasoning. Mix salt, garlic powder and pepper together in a small dish. And…..That’s it! Sometimes simple really is best. Never underestimate the power of a lil garlic flavor!
Brush the veggie kebobs lightly with olive oil then sprinkle with a little seasoning. Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes turning frequently. You can use a grill pan or cook directly on the grates. Or ditch the skewers altogether and toss the vegetables in a grill basket. Work with what you got!
Remove Grilled Brussels Sprouts from the grill and serve immediately. Cause you can’t stop me from diving in!! Serve with our Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade and Cheesy Grilled Potatoes. You won’t be disappointed!
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
- 16 fresh Brussels sprouts (about 1-1/2-inch diameter)
- 1 medium sweet red or orange pepper
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Step 1 Soak wood skewers in water for 10-15 minutes.
- Step 2 Add 1 inch of water to a large saucepan. Place a steamer basket over the top. Bring the water to a boil. Add the sprouts to the steamer basket. Reduce the heat to a simmer and steam, covered for 4-6 minutes or until the veggies are crisp-tender. Remove from the steamer and allow the brussels sprouts to cool.
- Step 3 Cut the peppers and onions into 1-1/2 inch pieces. Slice off and discard the bottom end of each Brussels sprout, as well as any wilted or discolored leaves. Then cut each sprout in half vertically.
- Step 4 Thread the vegetables onto the skewer alternating between a Brussels sprout, a pepper and an onion. Repeat the pattern until the skewer is full.
- Step 5 Mix salt, garlic powder and pepper together in a small dish. Brush the veggie kebobs lightly with olive oil then sprinkle with a little seasoning. Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes turning frequently. Remove from the grill and serve. Enjoy!
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Summer BBQ season is finally here and we’re loving every minute of it! Aren’t summer foods just the best?!? Today I wanted to share with you a must have side dish for summertime picnics, potlucks, barbecues and get togethers, Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad. My German […]
Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on its own. It’s just too boring for me. I’m all about flavor!! And this juicy, refreshing salad is just bursting with it. Watermelon Cucumber Salad is a unique combination that’s the perfect balance of both sweet and savory. This gorgeous salad is made with just a few fresh and simple ingredients. No garbage, just good stuff, so you won’t feel guilty about loading up on this one. And it makes eating all those cucumbers so much more enjoyable. Hurry and grab a watermelon before summer’s gone! Definitely my new favorite way to eat cucumbers!
Here’s all you’ll need: seedless watermelon, cucumber, green onions, fresh mint, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
First off….did you notice how my cucumber’s almost as big as the watermelon??? Well not quite…but we sure got some monsters this year! Start by cutting the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice away. You’ll end up with a bunch of bitesize half circles. Or in this case, gigantic, mouthful sized half circles.
Next cube the watermelon, mince up that mint, and slice some green onions. Toss it all in a large bowl and mix to combine. Oooh…..It’s starting to look so pretty already!! This colorful salad is definitely a showstopper!! And that fresh mint makes it smell AHHH-mazing!!!
In a separate container, mix up the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s best to use a container with a resealable lid. Triple check that the lid is sealed, shake it up and you’ve got yourself a delicious dressing. You could also swap out with a flavored balsamic vinegar or olive oil to take it to the next level!
Drizzle your homemade dressing over the salad like the boss that you are and we’re done! Watermelon Cucumber Salad is best served fresh. Don’t worry! You’re gonna wanna eat it right away!! This salad is so easy to make and comes together in moments notice. It’s the perfect last minute addition. No excuses on why you can’t bring a dish to that Labor Day potluck this year!!
So fresh! So delicious!! Watermelon Cucumber Salad I think I’m in love with you!!! You will be too. If you love easy recipes and fresh flavors then you’ve gotta try our Colorful Caprese Salad Kebabs.
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
- 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 1 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/8 cup minced fresh mint
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Step 1 Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice into half circles. Cube the watermelon into bitesize pieces, slice the green onions, and mince the mint. Add to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
- Step 2 In a separate bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well to make a dressing.
- Step 3 Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Refrigerate covered for up to two hours. Enjoy!!
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Are you ready for a macaroni salad with a twist? Tired of bringing the same old boring salads to parties and potlucks? Prepare to be amazed by our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad! This super creamy salad is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. It’s one […]