Cooking on the grill is one of the highlights of my summer. I love the fact that the food tastes so great, the cooking is done outside and of course, clean-up is so much easier! Sometimes, though, grilling can be a lot of work. And too much work means no fun (and probably something I won't make!) For this reason, I introduce to you Cheat Kebabs!
Who needs to take the time to thread all those little pieces of meat and veggies on a stick when you can just throw them in a grill basket, shut the lid and let them cook? NO ONE. Cheat Kebabs are a super easy way to make Good Food, Fast and Easy.
Even better, they're perfect for one, for a crowd or for meal prep. You can even prep them the night before, or even at the beginning of the week and cook them when you're ready.
Super easy, versatile and flexible (mix up the meats and veggies to whatever you like) this low carb meal is great as a Lean and Green Recipe, if you're on an HCG diet (just omit the fat) or if you're on a keto style diet. Enjoy this Cheat Kebab recipe tonight!
1 1/2 pounds (24 oz) chicken breast meat cut into 1" chunks
1-2 Tablespoons Stacey Hawkins Classic Chicken Seasoning, or Garlic Gusto Seasoning or Tuscan Fantasy Seasoning or Rockin' Ranch Seasoning (or lemon, pepper, garlic, onion, parsley, salt & pepper)
4 C mixed veggies (peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, yellow squash, etc.) chopped into 1" pieces
4 teaspoons Stacey Hawkins Roasted Garlic Oil (or lemon, pepper, garlic, onion, parsley, salt & pepper)
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
Preheat grill to medium-high eat (about 375° F).
Chop veggies and put them in a large bowl.
Cut chicken into chunks and add to the bowl with the veggies.
Sprinkle the chicken and veggies with the seasoning, oil and vinegar. Toss to coat.
Place grill basket on a cookie sheet (just to keep your counters clean) and pour the veg/chicken mix into the grill basket.
Turn off the center burner on the grill and place just the basket (not the cookie sheet) in the middle of the grill so it's not directly over open flame (you're using the indirect cooking method here- if you don't everything will burn on the outside and not cook in the middle!)
Close the lid and let the mix cook for 10 minutes. Open the lid and using a spatula, toss the mixture around so that everything cooks evenly. Cook an additional 10 minutes and check again. Chicken will be done when it reaches an internal temp of 155-160° F. This time may vary depending on your grill.
When fully cooked, put the basket back on a (clean) cookie sheet to transport back to the kitchen and enjoy!
Recipe Notes & Optavia Counts
Serving Size is 6 ounces of chicken and 1 Cup of Mixed Veggies. Nutrition facts below are using chicken, red bell pepper and zucchini in the above recipe.
1 - Leaner
2 - Green
1 - Condiments
1 - Healthy Fat
5 Weight Watchers Points
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