Very Veggie Skewers!

by Nicole on June 3, 2010

I love four day weeks, don’t they make the weekend come around so much faster? I am out at a workshop, getting trained in Wilson for 3 days so I really don’t feel like it’s a true school week. How is everyone else’s week going?
Yesterday, I woke up and did another killer leg workout with Chris Freytag. I really curse her every time (in the nicest way possible) I do this because it’s so hard. I am VERY thankful it’s only 20 minutes of torture. After work I stopped at the gym since I got out a little early from the workshop and did a quick 35 minutes on the elliptical. I like doing the hills program so I don’t have to think about anything. While I was on the elliptical I was watching Dr.Oz. I think it was a repeat but his show was about the top three dangers in your purse. Two out of the three didn’t really concern me, but one did.  
The top 3 were: anti-wrinkle cream, lip gloss and mineral powder. I don’t use wrinkle cream and I rarely wear lip gloss, but I use Bare Minerals every single day. Dr. Oz says that the particles are so small they can get into your lungs and can lead to inflammation later in life. I don’t know if I’ll be changing my makeup any time soon, but I’m going to be more conscious when I apply…I’m not sure how, so if anyone has any ideas let me know. I LOVE Bare Minerals, so until I see a bit more research on that, I’m going to continue using it.  To read more about the top 3 dangers click here.
Monday I got this amazing package in the mail! Jess from Healthy Exposures sent me these wonderful items because I shared some bars with her. I can’t wait to break into this food. I plan on trying those bars tomorrow. They are from a local shop near her, how lucky is she? 

Unfortunately my pictures won’t be NEARLY as beautiful as Jess’s, but I’ll try if my cameras around when I eat these. Thanks again Jess!
Now for a recipe. Back to my sunny weekend at the Jersey shore….

I hadn’t made or eaten skewers in forever, so like I said, when I saw it in Rachael Ray magazine, I was drooling over them and knew I had to make them.  

Vegetable Skewers
- asparagus cut into 3 inch pieces
- different color peppers, cut into chunks
- red onion, cut into pieces
- green and yellow squash, cut into circles
- any other vegetable you want

Balsamic Marinade
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- sea salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir together to emulsify. Brush the dressing over the skewers generously.  (Feel free to sprinkle skewers with salt and pepper.) I also applied the dressing 3 times over a 30 minute period so they were well coated. Grill for about 15 minutes.

Parmesan Yogurt Dressing
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Brush onto skewers generously. Grill for 15 minutes (or however long your grill-master tells you to.)

Since you are only marinating vegetables, you can use these both as a dressing for salad or the skewers after they are cooked. Pick whichever marinade you want and go for it. You can also marinate the veggies in either one of these dressings beforehand, but I didn’t have that much forethought to do that. These dressings/marinades would be great with chicken or fish also on skewers. I really enjoyed the yogurt dressing with the vegetables and even used it on my salad the next day. 

Let me know if you give these a try. What is your favorite thing to grill?
Have a great Thursday!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Estela @ Weekly Bite June 3, 2010 at 7:38 am

Way to pack in the veggies!! I love grilling veggies! The flavor is incredible! My favorite thing to grill is chicken! I know its boring, but I just love it on the grill! And salmon too :)


Simply Life June 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

wow, I love all the colors! I'm sure they had to be delicious!


Trix June 3, 2010 at 8:15 am

Oh yum, those veggie skewers look so good. ANd I don't wear minerals, but I sure do pile on some wrinkle cream! I have since I was 19, lol.


pegasuslegend June 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

Will have to go read that article about the mineral powder, I dont wear it but just was recommended by a costmetologist to do so…now I need to research thanks for posting it diffinitely got my attention to seek the info…great skewers look wonderful!


Abby June 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

I love veggie skewers!! Cooked on the perfect! I like to add some fruit to mine for a little bit of sweetness!


Noelle June 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks Nicole!I read the article and I had heard about this already.

I stopped using my gloss after I got a mole on my lower lip. I believe it is due to a huge usage of petrolatum based gloss.

You might want to try using a Dr. Hauschka. I know whole foods carries it, but I have been using it for the past 3 years. I turned to it when regular makeup was making me break out and I was getting eye infections from regular eye liner. So I changed to this line and I have NO COMPLAINTS. It is a german company and it is all herbal based. I love it.

Great veggie skewer post. I WAS going to make the same thing but I made prtabella caps. :)


Kat June 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

Oh my gosh I so want to make these! The dressings asounds so unbelievably delish!!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

I love sweet potatoes on the grill…so good!!


Christine@Grub, Sweat and Cheers June 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh man…I had no idea about the powder make-up or creams. Ugh. Thanks for the link. Though most of my make-up is organic natural stuff I'm going to be scouring the labels when I get home.

Love skewers…they are a summer standard in my place. That dressing sounds brilliant.


Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

My favorite thing to grill is definitely veggies! Bean burgers are a close second! Ugh, I guess we are all going to die of something, right? It is so frustrating to be concerned about everything. We should all just go back to the olden times where you pinch your cheeks for the color! I wish I had skin coloring that looked good with no makeup, but sadly that is not me! You have great coloring though! Oh, and I will post that buckwheat crust for the pizza recipe soon…I just have to type it in! Have a great day!


hbobier June 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

I love doing veggie skewers! We usually don't have as fancy of dressings, so I might have to try your balsamic marinade!


Erica Sara June 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

Wow! You are making me so hungry!!! Wonder if veggie skewers will work on my indoor grill pan. Only one way to find out :)


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self June 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I love grilling veggie skewers! Yours look amazing!

Reply June 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

these look great! i love 4 day weeks too but they also make the fivers seem so hard!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Grilled veggies are my FAVORITE! These look beautiful!


Jennifer June 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Holy yum! This looks SO good. I am a skewer addict but have not had a chance to make them yet this summer. Looks like your post will get me going! :)


erica June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

YUM! The marinade for these look great. I am going to have to give this a try. I love to grill portabella mushrooms.


Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

everything looks amazing!!
I love everything on the grill! I wish I had one b/c I would BBQ through the winter like my family does!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm

love the dressing (1st one!) yum and the kebobs….so tasty looking!



Alex June 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

Just randomly came across your blog. I love it!


Lindsay @ June 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

I use bare minerals too and I'm pretty sure I won't be stopping any time soon either. It is good info to have though.


Megan D June 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

These skewers look so colorful and tasty! I really love grilled corn on the cob. I also want to try grilling sweet potatoes!!


Smart Cookie June 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

That's the most colorful plate i've EVER seen. I need to make that! Looks yummay ;)


Chef Dennis June 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

great veggies!!! I do love grilling veggies, and my wife loves them!! my wife was trained in wilson, then became a reading coach and just got her masters as a reading specialist….now with all the budget cuts shes going back into the classroom.. go figure….


lynn @ the actors diet June 5, 2010 at 12:13 am

my fave thing to grill would be burgers. there is something very satisfying about smooshing down the patties and having the fire spit back at you. but i rarely grill, and i almost never cook meat. where in jersey are you?! that's where i'm from, but i rarely went down the shore, even though everyone else i knew did.


Table Talk June 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hmm…I am wearing all 3 of those items right now. I love Bare Minerals! Will have to do some research on that one.
The Parmesan Yogurt Dip with these grilled veggies sounds really good.


Emily Malloy June 7, 2010 at 11:16 am

Looks delicious! I love the colors!!!


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