I really like Trent’s idea for veggie skewers: use whatever you have! No need for a certain combination.
I love how beautiful the veggies look alternated on a skewer. So pretty for serving the skewers on a bed of rice. But some people don’t like doing it that way.
From the comments:
“I don’t use kabob skewers anymore. They now make these pans for the grills with holes in them. I cut up my vegetables and put them in a ziploc with some marinade and maybe some meat and let it sit. Then I just take the veggies and meat out of the marinade and place them in the grilling pan. I no longer have to sit there putting food on the skewers. Saves a ton of time. I used to have problems with my veggies falling off the skewers. Then I found this pan (available at any kitchen store or the grill section of Home Depot or Lowes) and I love it. I bought it several years ago and it’s still in great shape.”
“Whenever I grill veggies, I make kabobs of only one type of vegetable, i.e. an onion kabob, a pepper kabob, and so on. This is because in my experience, onions take WAY longer to cook than peppers or mushrooms do. By separating the vegetables, I’m able to cook the onions until they’re soft without turning the tomatoes to mush.”
I’ve noticed that potatoes take longer on the grill than other veggies too. I guess you could use smaller potatoes, or chunks of potatoes to help with that.
If you use wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water for about 15 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.
The beans and rice served with this makes this a great vegetarian meal. You might want to make the beans your favorite way. I like my rice with some seasonings and sometimes a few toasted nuts or even some corn or peas mixed in. Other grains to consider: quinoa or cous-cous. Serving beans with a grain makes complete protein and is a perfect substitute for meat. It’s a great source of cheap protein too. Beans are a kind of legume, and if you don’t want beans you could serve other legumes instead since Legumes + Grain = Complete Protein. Other legumes are peas (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, snap peas, split) that might be good mixed in with the rice. Edamame beans are also legumes & are very yummy. Grain + Nuts = Complete Protein also. You could add peanuts to rice. I could see rice mixed with peanuts and edamame beans as a wonderful dish just full of complete protein. Add some spices & seasonings & you have a vegetarian meal pretty enough for entertaining.
Just to be “complete” here, lol, you can use milk products to make complete protein. Dairy + Legumes = Complete Protein. Dairy + Grain = Complete Protein. So you have lots of options to go with the grilled veggies.
At the same meal you can always throw on a skewer of marinated meat for non-vegetarians.
Some commenters thought Trent should not have peeled the zucchini and some other veggies. Others thought he should have made vegetable broth from the peelings–lots of vitamins there. At least he put all the peels, etc. into the comppost.
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