Grilled Veggie Kabobs

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably spend part of Independence Day grilling out. My family usually has veggie burgers, Carolina pulled (Jackfruit) BBQ, baked beans, and veggie kabobs! Recently I found this recipe for red white & blue veggie kabobs, I think these will be the perfect addition, don’t you?

These kabobs are incredibly easy. If you use (purple) potatoes, you will need to boil them for just a bit to soften them, since potatoes will take longer than the onions and peppers to cook on the grill. You’ll also want to soak the skewers in water. Other than that, there are just a few quick steps and you’ll be ready to enjoy these delicious – and gorgeous – veggies.

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Ingredients 

  • 12-16 purple potatoes
  • 2 white onions
  • 4 red peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions 

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to assembling your kabobs.
  2. Boil purple potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes, or until slightly tender; drain and let cool.
  3. Cut each onion into 12 wedges, and cut the red peppers into rectangular pieces similar in size to the onion wedges.
  4. Cut the rounded portions off of the potatoes so you end up with a cubed shape; depending on the size of the potato you may be able to get 2-3 cubes per potato. Try to keep the cubes close to the same size as the onions and red peppers.
  5. Slide three red pepper slices up to about 2 inches from the top of the skewer; follow with an onion wedge and a potato piece, then repeat the process one more time.
  6. Fill all your skewers with the veggies, then brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & grind black pepper over the tops of each one.
  7. Place on a hot, oiled grill for about 10 minutes, making sure to flip the kabob over to the other side about halfway through.
  8. Serve immediately or place on a plate covered with foil to retain heat for a bit until the other elements of your meal are ready to serve.

Recipe from: foodandfam.com

Other Veggies That Are Good For Grilling

Want to make your own rainbow kabobs? You can use the same fruits and veggies I did or mix and match based on what is in season or available. Wouldn’t it be fun to do coordinate team colors at an end of the year BBQ or school colors for a graduation party? Below are some foods you can use to make your own kabobs sorted by color.   

 Red

  • Tomato
  • Red Pepper
  • Radish
  • Watermelon
  • Red Onion

Blue/Purple

  • Eggplant
  • Purple Potatoes 
  • Purple Cauliflower

White

  • Button Mushrooms
  • Portobello Mushrooms/Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Spanish/Vidalia Onion
  • Pearl Onion

Yellow

  • Yellow Peppers
  • Yellow Tomatoes
  • Pineapple
  • Yellow squash

Green

  • Green Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Jalapeños
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Zucchini

Orange

  • Orange Peppers
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines 
  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes 

Note:  You can definitely do this over an indoor grill pan if you do not have access to a gas grill or outdoor space!

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3 thoughts on “Grilled Veggie Kabobs

  1. Hello Dr. I am a struggling vegan. I started veganism Jan 1 of this year and i was doing great up until April when I went to visit family in California. Every since that break I have been indulging in meat and to be honest i hate it! I feel like ive lost ALL control and will power and I need a mentor and partner to encourage me along the way. I am obese and i notice i lost 25 pounds in the first 2-3 months i went vegan and i felt great but since slipping in April I havent been the same im fatigued, tired, sleepy ALL the time and I break out in boils. What would you recommend for someone who lacks will “power”? Yes i really want this and YES Im doing it for the lives that are involved however i also love the taste of flesh. Please help!!

    1. Hello Ashley! I would recommend that you gradually transition back to a vegan diet. First start by eliminating beef, pork, etc (4-legged animals). Next try to eliminate chicken, turkey, etc (2-legged animals). Then, eliminate fish. After that transition (which may take up to 6 months depending on how you feel), eliminate eggs and dairy. You will need replace what you eliminate with a similar plant-based food though. That’s why it’s important to transition slowly over time so that you find alternatives that you like (veggie burgers, nondairy cheeses and milks, etc). I hope this helps!!!

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