Easy Veggie Skewers for Any Occasion

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veggie skewers, vegetarian mealVeggie skewers (also called kebabs, souvlaki, shashlik or špíz in other cultures) are an easy and healthy side dish or even main meal. Whether you’re looking to balance–or find a veggie alternative for–grilled meats, making a garden picnic or simply want to enjoy fresh grilled veggies, these skewers offer a colorful palette of possibilities. You can use almost any vegetables such as zucchini, squash, eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes or garlic. If you prefer more flavor, you can marinate your veggie skewers in your favorite marinating mix for about 30 minutes before baking or grilling. You can also add fruit chunks like pineapple or mango into the mix to for a slightly sweet twist.

You can use stainless steel skewer sticks that are made specifically for this purpose and can be endlessly reused, or wood or bamboo sticks. A useful tip before you start: Soak wood sticks in warm water for about 20 minutes before using; this will prevent them from burning over a flame or at high temperatures.

Ingredients (yields 4-6 servings):

2 zucchinis, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
1 large eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
4 mushrooms, halved
1 white or red onion, cut into chunks
1 green or red bell pepper, cut into chunks
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
ground black pepper to taste

veggie skewers-rawDirections:

1. Preheat oven to 350° or grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
2. Place aluminum sheet on the bottom of casserole and sprinkle or spray olive oil.
3. Thread veggie slices onto the skewers and alternate.
4. Sprinkle salt, pepper, oregano, lemon/lime juice and more olive oil over finished skewers.
5. If cooking in oven, enclose aluminum sheet around all skewers and bake in over for about 20 minutes. if you prefer your veggies more crispy, open aluminum wrap and broil for few minutes, as desired. If you are using preheated grill, grill veggie skewers on each side for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender and crispy as desired.

 Enjoy this yummy and nutritious dish and don’t forget to be creative!

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