This marinated vegetable skewers recipe is a tasty addition to any summer BBQ. Lime juice brings a really fresh flavor to healthy vegan recipes. You can use any vegetables you want to really, but I have a particular fondness for grilled mushrooms and onions in my vegan dinner recipes.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 1 Hour
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Time from start to eating: An hour and a half
Makes enough for 8 skewers
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Hey guys! This is Heather from HealthVeganRecipes.net. Today we’re gonna make some marinated vegetable skewers.
You guys have been asking for some recipes that you can do on the BBQ or the grill and this one is an excellent one to add to any BBQ to give you a vegan option and also to get more vegetables on with the meat if there are meat eaters around so a good thing to do anytime you have a BBQ.
Now what I like to do is marinate the vegetables before they go on the grill, give them a little bit of flavor and just make them a little more interesting and what I’m gonna use are some limes.
I’m gonna take the zest off of these limes so this is where you take a zester or a grater if you don’t have a zester and just peel off the very outer layer of the skin.
So I’m gonna put that into a bowl along with the juice of this lime and all you do is once you get this zested - go – you just cut this lime in half and what I normally do is just take my zester, poke it into the lime and give it a squeeze but if you have a citrus juicer, it’s even easier you just press the citrus onto the juicer, give it a twist and a press at the same time and you’ll see all the juice.
Now for those of you who want to skip ahead to the recipe, I will post that over at HealthyVeganRecipes.net, you can check that out.
And I’m gonna do some - two limes, you can also use lemon juice here if you prefer and if you have a big lemon you probably only need a juice of one but hey extra juice never hurts. So get those juice and then we’ll move on to the vegetables.
Ok! So I got my two lime juice in here and I’m gonna pour the juice into the bowl with the zest and then I’m going to add some fresh basil from the garden.
Now this is a slightly different type of basil and Phil actually forgets what it’s called. If anyone has any ideas you can let us know. I’m thinking it’s something maybe lemon basil, I’m not sure.
Anyway, if you know, let us know, we’re curious. So I’ve got that chopped up so that the flavor comes out of the leaves. If you chopped it open a little bit the flavor will come up.
Alright! Going to add some salt if I can find it in the cupboard just a little bit and then give that a whisk with a fork or whatever utensil you like, really. And then what I’m gonna do is chopped up the vegetables and throw them into this bowl to marinate.
And I like to do it this way, some people marinate their vegetables on the skewers but I find this works better because you can actually stir up the vegetables as they’re marinating and make sure they get some juice.
So the vegetables I’m going to put on my skewers are zucchini and what I’ll do here is just chopped it into chunks and then into quarters so that I get a nice big piece to put on my skewer. I’m gonna do mushrooms and same thing I’ll cut it, Oh! This one is kinds big; I might cut it into six.
So then you can put this nice big piece on the skewer, I’ve got red pepper, same thing, some chunky kind of pieces, I’ve got some sweet onion so I’ll cut the both sides of this one off and same thing cut it into chunks.
And I’ve got some cherry tomatoes and they don’t really marinate but I’m gonna throw them in here anyway just to keep everything together.
Ok! So I’m gonna throw that all in the bowl and let it marinate. You’ll want the mushrooms to soften up a little bit so give it maybe twenty or thirty minutes marinating.
Stir it occasionally while it’s going so that each vegetable has a chance with the lime juice and the basil.
Sometimes stirring them in a bowl can be a real trick so if you need to you might want to transfer it to a plastic bag and then you can just shake them every so often. Get them really nice and coated in the lime juice.
Alright! So I’ve got the grill lit up and I’ve had it sitting on medium so it’s really really hot and then I’ve brushed the grill off to get rid of any leftover residue. Now what I’m gonna do is take my oil sprayer and just spray the grill so that these guys don’t stick and so that they’ll get some nice grow marks on them.
And this sprayer is just filled up with some extra virgin olive oil so it will do ok on there and then I’ve got my vegetables all cued up on sticks, so I’ve got a couple bamboo and also some metal skewers.
The metal ones are nice because they don’t get any kind of splinters going on. One of these – one of the bamboo skewers while I was putting veggies on it almost got a splinter on my finger.
Also when you’re doing bamboo, it’s nice to soak them before you put the veggies on because otherwise they can burn. I’ve got the veggies really nice and tight on these skewers so they should be ok.
Lost a pepper!
So get all of them on there and then you’ll gonna close the lid and let them cook, you’re gonna wanna turn them probably after about five minutes depends on how high you have it.
I’ve got it between low and medium and the temperature gauge is still showing very high because I just turned it down but I’m aiming for about 400F here, you don’t want to burn your veggies and they really shouldn’t take long. I’d say like ten minutes and turning them once in the middle.
You can also at the same time put something else, I’ve got some burgers that I’m gonna put on the top shelves here so that they can cook at the same time.
So one thing you gotta watch out for are hot spots on your barbeque sometimes like the front of the barbeque might be less hot than the back so you might want to rotate where your skewers are located and sometimes you lose a vegetable, you can just put it in a bowl and add it on later.
So these guys are done, you can see little bit of grow mark on some of the veggies. The mushrooms are nice and soft, the zucchinis pretty soft. So you’re ready to go!
And then again you can find the recipe for these guys over at HealthyVeganRecipes.net. Hope you enjoy our marinated vegetable skewers and I will see you guys next time.