Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O: is for Outdoor Dining

The boyfraaann took a mini trek to Actionville last week.  Being that I like food and he likes fire, it only made sense to kick off his visit with a romantical evening grilling out on the porch.  We both love to cook, so this was a great way for us to get creative with our meal, eat healthy, and spend quality time together on the cheap.

We decided to keep things simple with kebabs of veggies and shrimp.  I admit, we did wrap about half the shrimp in bacon as it is currently the largest part of his food pyramid.  Can you blame him?  Bacon is nature's candy...or is that fruit?  Anyway here we go:

One of the great things about this meal was being able to cook both the meat and veggies at the same time for the same amount of time over medium heat on the grill.

Veggie Kebabs
1 cup Grape Tomatoes
1 Zucchini, sliced
12 Mushrooms
1 Squash sliced
½ cup Red Bell Pepper, sliced
½ cup Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
½ cup Lawry's Herb & Garlic marinade
Marinate veggies for 30-60 minutes and skewer onto kebabs.
Reserve the remaining marinade.  Place kebabs on grill for about 10 minutes,
turning halfway through and occasionally brushing with remaining marinade.

Grilled (Bacon-Wrapped) Shrimp
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 ½ tbsp dark agave nectar
1 ½ tbsp honey bbq suace
9 slices bacon
18 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
Cut the slices of bacon in half. Partially cook the bacon over moderate heat
to render some of the fat without allowing the pieces to crisp. Stir all ingredients to
combine and add shrimp, tossing well to coat. Marinate 30-60 minutes. Remove shrimp
from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Wrap a slice of bacon around each shrimp
and skewer onto kebab, securing both ends of bacon. Place shrimp on hot grill for
4 minutes.Turn and brush shrimp with reserved marinade and grill for 4 minutes longer or
until shrimp are opaque throughout.

To cut calories and fat, omit the bacon...if you want to be crazy like that.  The marinade is enough to keep the shrimp tasting delicious without it.  Aside from bacon, it was not too bad of a meal, health-wise.  I admit when it comes to the shrimp dish, it may not be the cleanest I've ever posted here.  The veggies were easily a winner on both taste and trim calories while the shrimp definitely offered the perfect combo of sweet and spicy (much like our evening).  So even if you adapt this meal or cook something else entirely, I hope you get out and enjoy the spring evenings.  Grill with friends or loved ones and embrace the night air...before we all get attacked by heat, humidity, and mosquitos in the very near future.  :)

1 comment:

  1. those sound like great recipes:)
    Happy A-Zing!