Vegan Kebabs And Grilled Pineapple

May 24, 2010 by Keri

It might only be the end of May, but it’s definitely time for summer food!  Last night I made corn on the cob and sliced up a gorgeous mini watermelon.  I didn’t even grab the camera for the rest of our meal, but when I sliced this pretty baby open I had to break it out.  And there’s nothing better than a sticky kid devouring watermelon on a hot day.

Watermelon

After running errands today I barely had time to get lunch on the table before a toddler meltdown, so I just threw together a salad for myself.  I do love loaded salads, but I usually just stick to a couple of things I have chunks of in my fridge when it comes to lunch salads.  Today was just spinach, avocado, and tomato (my favorites!) with a little Organicville Italian dressing.  It’s actually called Sun Dried Tomato and Garlic I believe, but it tastes just like Italian to me!

Vegan Salad Recipes

Right after lunch, I got to work on dinner.  I had summer’s greatest hit in mind for dinner and the veggies needed to take a long marinade bath.  For my kebabs, I chopped up a red pepper, green pepper, orange pepper, yellow pepper, and an onion.  As for the marinade, I used the aforementioned Italianesque dressing, layering the peppers and onion over pressed tofu to soak up the flavor.  It’s like a delicious looking rainbow, isn’t it?

Vegan Grilling Recipes

Once they’d all gotten to know each other (I gave them a couple of hours), I started skewering my vegetables and tofu onto soaked bamboo skewers. I started to add the vegetables in some uniform pattern, but then realized that was probably going overboard and just started jamming them on as I grabbed them.

Vegan Grilling Recipes

The thing about grilling is we don’t actually have a grill.  I mean, I have a George Foreman somewhere but not a “real” grill.  It isn’t that I’ve never wanted one, it  has just seemed unnecessary.  I can imagine the horror in the eyes of our friends and family as we forbid them from slapping their meat on our shiny, new grill.  Instead, I use a cast iron grill pan, a favorite of the city apartment dwellers.

Vegan Grilling Recipes

If these vegan kebabs don’t say summer, I don’t know what does.  And the great thing about vegan kebabs is they can be redipped in the marinade before serving for a little extra pop of flavor.  I remember making kebabs in college and feeling like all that marinade was just going to waste.  You can’t add more after grilling because it’s just a bath of raw meat juice.  Yuck!  Finally, I got to sit down to this plate!

Vegan Grilling Recipes

They were SO good.  I’m getting hungry just posting the pictures.  Just for good measure, I grilled up fresh pineapple slices for dessert, coated in a little melted vegan butter and brown sugar.  They caramelized beautifully.  I threw a few dried cherries in the dish as well to add to the flavor.  Grilled pineapple has to top that fabulous summer foods list as well!

Vegan Grilling Recipes

It was such a beautiful and delicious day.  I have to admit, when the temperature goes up, I go a little produce crazy.  I just black out and start tossing things into my cart from greens to fruits, peppers to corn and green beans.  It’s madness! I hope you all had a great weekend and start to the week.  I spent my Saturday night tying up little terracotta for wedding shower favors, and it was a rather productive weekend!

What are your favorite summer foods?

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Comments

  1. Stefanie says:

    Melons and corn on the cob are my favorite summer foods. It feels like summer with all the new produce and I am loving it. Your kebabs look tasty. The pineapple looks like a mouthful of goodness too.

  2. Amanda says:

    Great minds think a like, no? Check out those pineapples! Sometimes I threw them on the skewer! 🙂 I think we need to see more vita mix action here missy!

    • Keri says:

      They definitely do- Great minds could eat kebabs every night! I made my next post about the VitaMix just for you! 😀

  3. MMmmmmm grilled veggies are to-die-for!
    My favorite summer food is anything that I can pick from my garden! =)

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    Girl this is my fave post you have ever done. I think 🙂

    The RAINBOW of the foods just jumps out and screams HEALTHY GOODNESS in my face. I love it!

    and grilled pineapple. Swoon.

    OMG everything here is like i think, my fave post ever. This is my kinda food.

    Re bananas and freezing them. Make sure they are very ripe, the riper they are, the better the ice cream 🙂 (sweeter!)

    • Keri says:

      Aww, thank you SO much! 🙂

      I’ll have to hide some bananas in a closet or something- it’s tough to save them all the way to well ripened around here!!

  5. Gorgeous veggies! I love all the colors. I really want to make grilled pineapple with homemade coconut sorbet this summer. MMMMM.

  6. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a delicious, easy meal!

    I neeeeeed a grill pan. I always think about buying one, but never do!

  7. I used our Calphalon pan at Christmas this year to make the most delicious turkey. It work great and cleaning it up was easy. I recommend these pans to anyone 🙂