I’m no Giata or Julia Child by any means, but let me tell you that the one thing I know how to do is to eat my colors and lots of it. Too bad it isn’t M&M’s or Skittles, haha! As obesity is on the rise and illnesses like cancer become more prevalent, the world has begun shifting to living healthier lifestyles these last few years. It’s very obvious with all the activewear retailers are starting to carry along with athleisure as the major and a huge part of what’s trending in the fashion world currently.
It’s been said time and again that cooking at home versus eating out helps people save money and eat healthier. However, cooking at home is never an easy task for those of us who have packed schedules, which is why I’m pretty sure services such as Plated exist. The idea of eating healthy while we’re on the go is laughable with so many McDonalds, Taco Bells (ew) and other fast food places on every corner of the world, so I know what you’re thinking, “Huong, I don’t have time to cook and fast food is just easy.”
Today, I’m here to share with you at least ONE recipe you can steal from me so it’s ONE less excuse for you to not be giving your body what it needs to function right. One thing, I love to do with my friends is skewers (and don’t groan at the idea of firing up the grill until you’ve read everything) or kabobs, but I like to call them “Skittle Skewers” because I’m eating my rainbow of awesome goodness, haha!
If you’d love to try it yourself, check it out (ignore the nutrition facts below the recipe; I have no idea how to get rid of that line):
Salt & Pepper (and I don't mean the hip hop artists from the 80's, ha!)
*Optional: Meat of your choice (when I use beef, I use ribeye and don't cook it all the way as it tends to get hard and chewy)
Chop up your veggies (we like to halve mushrooms and cut about one inch squares for onions and bell peppers) and toss them in olive oil.
*Cut the ribeye meat (grassfed beef is my personal preference) in 1 inch squares and add them to the veggies that have already been tossed in olive oil.
Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika to taste and toss again.
Spray your baskets with olive oil again to make cleaning up a bit easier.
Fill the kebab baskets and go in ROYGBIV order. Just kidding! Well, probably not for those of you who are OCD, ha!
Place your baskets on a grill at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes depending on how well done you like your meat and ta-da! Dinner is done!
For the veggies, we usually use mushrooms, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and white or yellow onions, but you can also add squash, purple onion and pineapple if you're going for a slightly sweet flavor.
Olive oil is a healthy fat versus vegetable oil, which causes inflammation in the body.
By Huong Vo
She Sweats Diamonds http://www.shesweatsdiamonds.com/
To save even more time, cut up your meat and veggies the night before and marinate them in the olive oil and spices so when you come home from work, all you do have to do is fill the baskets and grill them. NO excuses to not eat healthy, guys!
Note: I got our kabab baskets through Rue La La on a steal a few years ago, but you can get similar ones at Bed Bath & Beyond. Our kabab baskets were available at Target at the time, but are sold out, so try to check back since grilling season is around the corner! Just make sure to keep the handle off the heat!
What do you put on your kababs?
I’d love to get some more ideas since my friends and I love making and eating this during the spring and summer.
Oh and if you’d like to see more healthy recipes, leave a comment below and let me know what your taste buds are like and I’m more than happy to “experiment” and have my friends be the guinea pigs, haha!