August Fresh Picks
Like me you’re probably digging yourself out from under all your garden vegetables. This time of year they are growing faster than you can pick. Fresh veggies are great, no doubt! Tomatoes, summer squash, and green beans coming in bushels. It leaves you wondering what do to do!
Add summer’s natural sweetness of grape tomatoes to your chicken skewers. As you know, fresh picked grape tomatoes tastes just like candy! Easily a simple grilling favorite, skewers turn your ordinary main dish into extraordinary foods.
- Choice of protein (Chicken, beef, swordfish)
- Grape Tomatoes
- Sweet Peppers
- Cooked Rice or Pasta
Don’t forget to SOAK your wooden skewers for at least an hour before you prepare! If they do not have enough time to soak in the appropriate amount of water, you will end up with nothing but ash left.
Once you have cut up your protein into approximately 1 inch cubes, you want to marinate it. You have a wide assortment of choices. To put it another way, are you in the mood for Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, any other cuisine? In this case, I am choosing a Mediterranean marinade. While your meat marinades, you can prep your vegetables. After picking your grape tomatoes from your garden, simply pluck the stem, wash in a colander with cold water, and drain. Meanwhile, cut chunks of onion into quarters. Next, seed and slice your sweet peppers in half. Voila! Your prep work is complete.
Mediterranean style marinade
- Lemon juice
- Olive Oil
- Assemble skewers by alternating protein and vegetables
- If using an outdoor grill, timing will depend on whether charcoal or gas style. Once fire is ready, place skewers on grill.
- Cook for 15 mins, turning once half way through
- At this time, Check for doneness
First thing to remember, is its all about the timing! Because skewers are such an easy fix, it is important to your sides to finish at the same time. As an illustration, I make my rice in the microwave. It takes a total of 30 mins to cook. Whereas for grilled medium rare beef could only take 7 to 8 mins tops to reach doneness of 135 degrees. However, chicken will require the longer time of up to 15 mins. For example, if your protein is chicken, it needs to be at 165 degrees.
Additional August Fresh Eating Recipes
To continue with recipe ideas for our August crops, I have a couple more to add. Another common high yield crop is Yellow Summer Squash. My recipe for stuffed summer squash is a unique side dish that can double as a meatless main. I’m going to let you in on the secret ingredient, are you ready for this? Its … okay, you’ll have to come back to find out! Until then, enjoy the beauty of the ordinary everyday <3