BBQ season is upon us! However, if you can't manage to BBQ in the great outdoors, or you don't own an outdoor grill, you can still get into the spirit by using your grill in the comfort of your home. Tender, juicy and delicious, these super tasty Rainbow Veggie Skewers don't need any complicated preparation. We used fresh summer vegetables like zucchini, baby eggplants, carrots and red onions, as well as peppers and tomatoes, which don't need a lot of seasoning to highlight their flavors. The fun, kid-friendly twist about it? The vegetable arrangement features various colors of the rainbow!
To make the veggie skewers it's easy, just get to your local market, choose seasonal (organic as possible) produce and make sure you have purple, red, orange, green, yellow and white fresh food. Chop them up, don't forget to soak up the skewers in water and thread the vegetables one by one. Dip the colored sticks into the vinaigrette and grill using your oven or better, an electric oven, which are more energy-efficient than gas ovens.
1. Gather the ingredients:
- 4 garlic cloves
- a bunch of mushrooms
- 4 baby potatoes
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 zucchini
- 1 pepper
- 1 carrot
- 5 cherry tomatoes or 2 big round ones
- 5 baby eggplants
For the vinaigrette:
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
2. Prep the vegetables
Wash and chop all the vegetables. For the harder ones (potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots) boil them for 10 minutes until tender, and drain.
3. Make the vinaigrette
Chop the garlic and place the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until blended. Toss the chopped vegetables inside, mix and leave in the fridge for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, so they can soak up the juices.
4. Soak up the skewers
Don’t forget to soak up the skewers in water before grilling, or they could burn in the grill.
5. Thread the veggies
Take the bowl out of the fridge, arrange the vegetables by colors in a large plate and begin with the threading.
6. First things first
Place the darker and harder vegetables at the bottom (purple in this case), to work out the color magic and so they hold the rest of the vegetables in place.
Grill the rainbow skewers at 400° F for about 10 minutes per side, or until cooked.
Eat on their own, with rice, or salad, bring to a picnic or put it in your kids’ school lunch, they are so versatile!
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