Let’s Get Grillin’! Chicken Kebab

Who is excited that spring is finally here?! There is something about fresh air, sunshine, and lush landscapes that brings me immediate joy and happiness! Something else I look forward to… cookouts! Grilling and spending more time outdoors is so much fun, especially since I was cooped up inside all winter long, and my dogs love it too 🙂

When it comes to grilling, I have to admit I am not all that experienced. I usually assign my husband to do that part (and I know he secretly doesn’t want me anywhere near his grill!). I decided to do some research on my own, so this summer- maybe he will have to step aside and let me do some of the grilling! Here is what I learned:

There are three main types of grilling: 1. Charcoal Grilling  2. Gas Grilling  3. Electric Grilling

So I am not completely clueless and know that gas grills are the most common and the kind of grilling that I grew up with. I have experienced charcoal grilling a couple times camping, but I didn’t go anywhere near it; fear of the unknown I suppose haha. Electric grilling, though, was something I didn’t even really realize existed. It makes sense for people who live in apartment complexes and aren’t allowed to have fire burning grills, or for those who don’t have adequate space outside to have a gas or charcoal grill. If you’re looking for the real deal, authentic grilling experience- charcoal grilling is for you. Although it takes longer to start up and you could need a chimney starter, you can add different flavors to your food by using different wood chips! Pretty neat! Charcoal grilling tends to be a little messier than the other grilling methods, but if you’re craving that sultry, smoky flavor- this is the way to go.

Gas grilling can provide some of those same flavors, however, you can’t use different flavored wood chips. It’s a lot easier to start being that you use a propane tank or connect the grill to a natural gas line to get the fire burning. The tanks generally aren’t too expensive, but if you do a lot of grilling, make sure you have an extra propane tank on hand! Electric grilling is great for that “feel” of grilling and having a cookout in spaces that don’t allow for the authentic grilling experience that charcoal and gas grilling provide; but it doesn’t allow the food to absorb any sort of smoky flavors. But isn’t it great to be able to move the cooking on your stove or George Forman to outside??!!

So now that we have the grilling methods down, I thought I would share my favorite Kebob recipe- Let’s get grillin’!

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Marinated Steak or Chicken Kebab

INGREDIENTS

Cubed Steak or Chicken

Whole Mushrooms

2 Orange Bell Peppers

1 Red Onion

1 Large Zucchini

1 Large Yellow Squash Zucchini

OPT. Pineapple

OPT. Tomatoes

MARINADE INGREDIENTS

**NOTE: Marinade the meat and vegetables separately. The meat comes out best when marinated overnight

2 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

¼ Cup Lemon Juice

¼ Cup Soy Sauce (or Liquid Aminos/Tamari for gluten free)

½ Cup Olive Oil

* You will need metal or wood skewers to make these

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients. Add the meat and coat the meat well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least a couple hours before grilling.
  2. Cut all the veggies into large chunks. In a medium- large bowl, combine more marinade ingredients, and toss the cut veggies in the marinade until well coated. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Now, spray the skewers with oil (I used coconut oil) so the meat and veggies won’t stick and skewer the meat and veggies. I like to take one of each and alternate until the skewer is full. Repeat for all the skewers.
  4. Fire up your grill to medium-high heat (each grill is different, so just take note). Cook each skewer until the meat is cooked through, rotating them every so often to ensure even cooking (exact timing will be different with each grill, but generally when you start to get those nice charring lines on the outside is a good sign you’re getting close)
  5. Serve with rice, salad, potatoes- whatever other side you wish!

 

 

 

 

Time for Spring Cleaning

Spring is upon us- Hooray! We made it through another winter; hopefully we won’t get one more blast of artic weather. If you’re like me, as soon as the sun starts shining, the birds start chirping, and the temperature starts rising, I am in cleaning mode! Spring Cleaning is actually a lot of fun for me. There is nothing quite like getting rid of those winter blues by getting rid of things you’ve grown sick of (like that winter sweater you wore almost everyday). I suddenly start cleaning more, as if I am wiping away that last little bit of snow on the ground that seems to take forever to melt. I start getting out all my summer dishes from hibernation as if I am getting ready to start grilling and eating outside at the first opportunity the temperature is above fifty degrees. My refrigerator all of a sudden seems to be stocked with colorful fruits and veggies as if I am trying to bring the spring into my house to re-create the happy warmth that is occurring outside.  I don’t know about you, but I seem to really get excited about cooking in the spring and summer. There is something exciting about how the vibrant colors make my dishes look so pretty; not to mention taste healthy and delicious! And perhaps maybe the best thing- I start to upgrade things in my house to reflect my new, refreshed spring-time mood.  Being that I was buying so many fresh fruits and veggies, I knew I needed to buy a high quality refrigerator that would allow those fruits and veggies to stay fresh and not spoil quite as quickly. Sounds silly, but it’s true! And I would actually save money on groceries and be less wasteful. So, there began my hunt for a new refrigerator.

On my search, I decided to explore all the different options- because there are so many now! I knew that I definitely wanted a refrigerator-freezer combo with the freezer on the bottom. I knew that I wanted a french door style refrigerator in stainless steel- preferably smudge proof. Not sure if it’s weird that I am getting so pumped up about this refrigerator, haha, but this thing is awesome! Just look at it!

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Samsung/RF28HDEDBSR Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator
Pretty awesome, right?! I continued to search, just to explore my options, and found myself liking others like the

Samsung/RF260BEAESR French Door Refrigerator:

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Or the Frigidaire/FFHN2740PS Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator:

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After much thought, I decided to go with what I loved… You guessed it! The first one I picked made the most sense for me. And although it was quite a bit more expensive than the others I found, I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for. It would allow me to continue to buy healthier, fresh foods; would actually save me money in the long run by lowering my electricity bills and grocery expenses (throwing away food is not something I enjoy!). Not to mention, having filtered water built right into the refrigerator was also very appealing to me. Pretty much, the pros outweighed the cons and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Have you started your spring cleaning (or buying) yet? 😉

Thanksgiving: Quick Tips to Get You Ready!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?! Hopefully you aren’t stressing too much about it, because sometimes the holidays can be a little chaotic. Perhaps we can help your holidays run a little bit smoother with these quick tips!

Make it a shared affair

Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) is a wonderful time to get together and enjoy the company of loved ones… Oh yeah! And don’t forget about the fabulous food! Preparing the entire Thanksgiving menu may be a little overwhelming, so we suggest having each guest prepare a dish to bring and share! This could put an exciting spin on the traditional Thanksgiving menu and allow for others to share their favorite holiday recipe while taking some of the tension off the host.

Prep the day before

If you’re the host this year, you can start your prep work a day ahead! Start chopping those onions for the stuffing, brine your turkey overnight to ensure extra flavor, or even make those candied yams a day ahead because they might just taste even better the next day once they have soaked up all the sugary goodness!

Check out this Thanksgiving Candied Yam Recipe!

Recipe by Gina Fontana: www.happilyeveraftergluten.com

Recipe by Gina Fontana: www.happilyeveraftergluten.com

 

Add a little extra help

And don’t forget about those kitchen appliances to make your day run easier and smoother; like our Frigidaire Electric Range with Symmetry Double Oven:

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This must have double-oven preheats in just four minutes and uses exceptional precision set controls to allow for more cooking flexibility with precise results. With even baking technology you will get even baking every time without having to flip foods- which means more time spent with your guests! You can even use one oven to cook, and the other to keep the already cooked dishes warm, because a one touch button keeps the food warm until everything (or everyone) is ready to eat! Sounds pretty awesome, right?! It gets better… Did you know we offer financing on ALL of our appliances? With no credit needed, an easy application process, instant approval, and low payments you can have this stove delivered from our store to your door well before Thanksgiving. We even offer same day delivery!

Don’t forget about the fun!

Let’s not forget all we are thankful for this year. Sometimes we can let the hustle and bustle of the holidays overpower what it’s really all about. We want to help make your holiday a little less stress and a little more fun, so come on in today and let us offer you a way to get a little extra help to make this Thanksgiving a little extra special. Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

 

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