Staying outside later in the evening translates to either picking up take-out food or cooking outside while I supervise, so yesterday I fired up my grill for the first time since last September and cooked some gorgeous Chicken Kebobs with large hunks of chicken breast red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash and red onion, all marinated for about an hour in simple blend of 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a half teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of salt-free Greek seasoning (I use Cavendar's). I just skewer the chicken and veggies separately on metal skewers (in case one cooks faster than the other) and then grill them over medium heat for 7-9 minutes on each side. Bang! Dinner that smells good enough to tempt my stubbornest holder-outer inside to the table.
I usually serve my Kebobs with whole wheat couscous. The stuff cooks in 5 minutes! I mix about 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest and a handful of chopped green onion tops into the cooked couscous at the last minute to give it a fresh, lively flavor.
1. Easy Chicken Kebobs
Tonight Al's going to grill up some salmon using a recipe he discovered last year. This is easily the best salmon I've ever eaten. He uses a simple little smoke box when he grills the fish that makes the dish taste like it came out of a wood-fired oven. FANTASTIC. I'll mix up some skin-on mashed potatoes (made with plain yogurt) and roast some fresh asparagus to go with the fish.
2. Perfect Grilled Salmon
1 1/2 pounds salmon filets
Black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
lemon pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup beer
1/4 cup olive oil
Season salmon filets with black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, beer, and olive oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat grill for medium heat, include smoker box with mesquite wood chips.
Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
I checked in with some good bloggy friends this week to see if they'd share some additional tried-and-true and out-of-the-ordinary grilling recipes to get my grillin' juices flowing, and they didn't disappoint! I got some really fun new ideas to test out along with my family's current faves.
3. Grilled Pizza
Kristin Potler of LoveFeast Table says Grilled Pizza makes her family's favorite list. I can see the FriedOkra family trying this tomorrow night for sure. Just grab some Trader Joe's pizza dough, add your favorite toppings, grill and gobble. I'm totally trying it Saturday night. My kids will think they've died on gone to heaven.
4. Lemon Garlic Chicken
Joy Bennett of Joy in This Journey grills up a delicious Lemon Garlic Chicken to pair with pesta pasta for her family. Just toss up a green salad, and a sunny Sunday dinner's on the table in 30 minutes or less. Miraculous!
5. Grilled Shrimp Salad in Grilled Bell Peppers
And finally, for something super healthy and a bit out-of-the-box, I turned to my old pal Megan Tietz of SortaCrunchy, who packs a mouthwatering Shrimp Salad in Grilled Bell Peppers. Next week's seafood entree? Checkity check and check!
Have you fired up the grill yet? What are some of your favorite grilled go-to meals?