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Hungry Girl Today: 8.29.13
We started the month with skewers, and we're still in the spear-it spirit (tee-hee!)... Check out the latest kebabs to come out of the HG HQ!
Schmancy Veggie Skewers with Sauce
1/2 of recipe (2 skewers with about 1/4 cup sauce): 68 calories, 1.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 185mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 4.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2* -- SmartPoints® value 1*
Grilled radishes are SO good, especially with a tasty dipping sauce! Try these skewers now, and marvel at their absolute deliciousness.
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
16 medium-sized baby bella mushrooms
1/2 cup jarred roasted red peppers packed in water, drained
1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. chopped basil
1/4 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 large (or 2 medium-small) zucchini
12 radishes, trimmed
In a small bowl, whisk vinegar with oil. Transfer to a sealable container or bag, add mushrooms, and coat well. Cover or seal, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Metal skewers are best for this recipe, but if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. (You'll need four.)
To a blender or food processor, add drained roasted red peppers, yogurt, basil, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until uniform. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Remove stem end(s) from zucchini, and cut zucchini into about 16 pieces similar in size to mushrooms.
Alternately thread veggies onto four skewers, tightly packing the pieces together. Drizzle with any excess vinegar mixture.
Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Grill skewers for 10 minutes with the grill cover down.
Flip skewers. With the grill cover down, grill for 10 - 12 minutes, until veggies are tender and slightly blackened.
Serve skewers with blended red pepper sauce. Yum, yum!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
HG Alternative! Cook your veggie skewers on a grill pan, and adjust cook times as needed. If the pan doesn't have a lid, just loosely cover it with a skillet lid.
Asian Steak Kebabs
1/4th of recipe (1 kebab with 2 tbsp. sauce): 199 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat fat), 579mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2g fiber, 15g sugars, 20.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 5*
Sweet, spicy, and SO OUTRAGEOUS! Meat lovers will be thrilled to sink their teeth into this tender grilled beef...
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sweet Asian chili sauce
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. chopped ginger
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Steak and Veggies
12 oz. raw lean beefsteak filet, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 medium onion
2 tsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. sweet Asian chili sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. thinly sliced scallions
In a small bowl, combine marinade ingredients; stir until uniform. Place steak cubes and marinade in a large sealable plastic bag; remove as much air as possible and seal. Gently knead marinade into meat through the bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, cut peppers and onion into 1-inch chunks. (Discard pepper seeds and stems.) If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. (You'll need four.)
To make the sauce, combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup water in a small nonstick pot. Stir to dissolve. Add remaining sauce ingredients except scallions, and stir well. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until sauce has thickened, 6 - 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in scallions.
Alternately thread veggies and marinated steak onto four skewers, tightly packing the pieces together. Discard excess marinade.
Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Grill kebabs for 5 minutes with the grill cover down.
Flip kebabs. With the grill cover down, grill for 4 - 6 minutes, or until steak is cooked through and veggies are tender and slightly blackened.
Reheat sauce, if needed. Serve kebabs with sauce, and enjoy!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
HG Alternative! Cook your kebabs on a grill pan, and adjust cook times as needed. If the pan doesn't have a lid, just loosely cover it with a skillet lid.
Hungry for More?
Fans of the Hungry Girl TV show know that Lisa loves to skewer food! Remember the Fresh & Fruity Hot Dog Skewers (from "Under 200"), Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers with Not-So-Secret BBQ Sauce (from "Hungry... Grill!"), and Hip-Hip-Hooray Chicken Satay (from "Girls' Night")? Mmmm...
Whether you're into spicy poultry or sweet 'n savory tofu, we've got recipes for you. Our Naked Buffalo Chicken Kebabs and Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs ROCK.
For something on the side, grilled skewers are a great option... Try these recipes for Spiced Butternut Squash on a Stick and Grilled Juicy Fruit Kebabs & Dip!
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Hey, hey! It's More Herbs, Less Salt Day, August 29th. What's YOUR favorite fresh herb... Basil, cilantro, mint, or parsley?
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