Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Just too easy

I simply love kebabs - they are simple, quick and super healthy. They can be made ahead of time or thrown together at the last minute when there appears to be nothing else in the house. Kebabs are also a great way to introduce a few new tastes and textures for those less willing participants in the family. Threading pieces of chicken, fish, seafood or meat with a few vegetables or fruits in between can be super easy for kids to help out with dinner. Vegetables that make great 'threaders' are capsicum, button mushrooms, chat potatoes, cherry tomatoes and baby corn. Threading peach, mango or pineapple can also add a different flavour to a savoury kebab. Marinades flavour and soften the meats and it is important to keep brushing these over the top of the kebabs as they are cooking under the grill, in the oven or on the barbecue. Simple marinades consist of lemon or lime juice mixed with a bit of olive oil with a flavour such as terriyaki or sweet chili sauce. Kids love the honey and soy sauce mix or a simple satay (one of our favourite is Satay Chicken Kebabs). If you are in a mad rush there a re plenty of ready-to-use marinades and sauces available on the supermarket shelves, however I prefer top make my own.
You guessed it - this will be on our table tonight

Kate x

Satay chicken kebabs
300g lean cubed chicken
4 skewers
1tablespoon peanut oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon garlic

Cut chicken into evenly sized pieces
Thread onto 4 skewers
Brush with mixture of peanut oil, lime juice and garlic
Marinate for a few hours
To cook, BBQ until chicken cooked through

2 teaspoon peanut oil (olive oil will do if you don’t have peanut)
1 small red onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ teaspoon cumin
4 sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoon coconut milk powder
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoon soy sauce
Fry off onion and garlic until soft.
Add cumin, coriander and fry till fragrant.
Gradually add chicken stock and coconut powder, peanut butter, lime juice and soy
Remove from heat when sauce thickens
Set aside and serve with BBQ kebabs, rice and Green salad
*Easy to freeze


A-M said...

Oh how I wish Master K was not allergic to nuts... I so miss satay 'anything'.... love kebabs though. Hmmmmm still assembling the BBQ.. taking longer than 5 hours! A-M xx

Anonymous said...

I was just after some inspiration for dinner tonight, thanks. I always forget about the trusty kebab! The family will be happy, yay!