6 Kebabs for a Healthier Cookout

By: Emily Lee

While hand-held dogs and soft potato bun-encased burgers stand out in our minds as the all-American cookout foods, there are equally satisfying no-bread-necessary options for your grill. Middle Eastern in origin, kebabs consist of pieces of meat, fish or vegetables grilled on a skewer for easy, one-handed snacking. As far as healthy cookouts go, you can’t go wrong when pairing lean protein and fresh, seasonal vegetables with an array of your favorite spices. This summer, embrace outdoor cooking with these seven good-for-you kebabs that won’t slow down your backyard game of horseshoes.

Chicken Kebabs with No-Cook Peach Chutney (pictured at top)

Tender chunks of dark-meat chicken skewered and grilled to smoky perfection pair perfectly with bright and aromatic peach chutney in this traditional Indian recipe. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful the results, so give it at least two hours but up to eight. Once marinated and skewered, these kebabs cook up in just 15 minutes.

Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

Alternate threading plump, seedless green grapes and cumin-marinated chicken onto soaked wooden skewers for a low-calorie cookout treat. The spicy chicken is complemented by the burst of sweet-tart flavor from every grape.

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Bobby Flay's Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bobby Flay's Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Keep your cookout menu simple and fuss-free with Bobby Flay’s versatile grilled beef skewers that are seasoned with grainy mustard, Dijon and paprika. They’re ready in under an hour and will round out your cookout.

Spiced Salmon Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce

Take a break from the usual lineup of beef, pork and chicken with these protein-packed salmon kebabs. Coriander, cayenne and fresh lemon juice invigorate the heart-healthy fish with zesty flavor.

MAKE YOUR OWN KEBABS Keri Glassman The Food Network Blogpost Recipes/Mom and Dad with Specific “Diets” How Does That Affect Family Food Network Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Rosemary, Thyme, Crushed Red Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic, Chicken Breast, Whole Grain Bread, Portobello Mushrooms, Shrimp, Zucchini, Green and Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Halloumi Cheese

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

MAKE YOUR OWN KEBABS Keri Glassman The Food Network Blogpost Recipes/Mom and Dad with Specific “Diets” How Does That Affect Family Food Network Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Rosemary, Thyme, Crushed Red Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic, Chicken Breast, Whole Grain Bread, Portobello Mushrooms, Shrimp, Zucchini, Green and Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Halloumi Cheese

Make-Your-Own Kebabs

In the mood for cheese? Halloumi will be great on the grill, since it stays intact and won’t get too melty to stay put on your skewer. Add shrimp or bread plus seasonal summer vegetables, like cherry tomatoes and zucchini.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Grilled Strawberry Kebabs with Lemon-Mint Sauce

Just because it’s dessert hour doesn’t mean it’s time to turn off the grill. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these juicy strawberry kebabs sweetened with pure maple syrup. The plump, smoky berries make an unforgettable cookout item, especially when drizzled with the lemon-mint sauce.

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