I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head that it seems (and is) impossible to pick one and write. School starts in two weeks, I’ve started looking for a new job (come May) and soon M will be looking for a new job. We are tossing ourselves in to the wind with no real outcome in mind. While it is 78% exciting, there is still that 22% of me that is scared. But for right now I am trying to put that out of my mind and enjoy the last two weeks of summer.
During my last two week there will be veggies, and lots of them. I feel that if I don’t eat giant plates of veggies during the summer, something is wrong. I roast/grill them and call it a meal. Sometimes I have a little hummus to dip them in or turn them in to a giant salad but one thing is always constant: veggies.
This meal comes together quickly and really is a fly-by-the-seat of your pants kind of meal. Use whatever veggies you have on hand, add cheese, turn them in to tacos, get creative!
Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Barley Kale Salad
This is a rough recipe because giving an exact amount for the veggies seemed arbitrary. Simply use what you have on hand! Also, the addition of cheese would be delicious- try feta, goat, or a little queso fresco.
Assorted Summer Produce*
- Yellow Squash
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Jalapeño Peppers
- Sweet Red Peppers
- Juice from 2-3 limes, depending on size
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cilantro, minced
- a couple handfuls of kale
- 1/2 cup barley
- Anywhere from an hour up to a day** before, cut up veggies in to rough 1" pieces. Whisk together marinade. In a large dish, like a 9x13 pan, toss together veggies and marinade. Since I don't give you exact measurements on the veggies- you may have to make adjustments to the marinade, just whip up a little more if need be. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- One hour before, soak up to 6 wood skewers in water.
- In a pot, cover barley with two inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to heat slightly, and let cook until barley is tender (but will still be slightly chewy.) Set aside.
- When ready to cook, light the grill. Carefully thread veggies on to skewers in the order you choose. Grill until veggies are your desired doneness (ie- I like mine charred whereas some just barely like them brown.)
- While kabobs are on the grill. Roughly chop kale. Toss kale and cooked barley with the left over marinade. Place on a plate and serve with 1-2 veggie kabobs.
by Erin Alderson