Hoisin Citrus Dijon Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Every time we grill I ask myself why we don’t do it more often because everything seems to taste better off the grill.  Usually I am too lazy to go start up the grill and end up cooking in the oven, but it’s not quite the same.  There is no replacing that smoky taste and aroma that can only be found in a grill or cooking with a campfire.

Sometimes my body has major vegetable and protein cravings.  In those moments this is a perfect meal to satisfy my body’s needs.  Over the years I have learned the importance of listening to my body; it is the best way to obtain that healthy-and-happy feeling.  If I am listening it will tell me exactly what it needs.  Last night it needed these vegetables.

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Nature’s beauty constantly amazes me.  Usually when I think about nature’s beauty I think of flowers, blue skies, ocean spray, and mountains in the fall.  Ever since I started this blog (and consequently photographing food) I have expanded that belief to include food — especially fresh produce.  Isn’t food so beautiful?

I knew that in addition to the vegetables I needed some protein and a marinade.  The marinade is made up of Hoisin Sauce, lemon juice, agave and Dijon mustard.  I have used all these ingredients separately, but never combined them together.  I was a smidge nervous that I might ruin our dinner, but I was also hopeful that the flavors would mix as well as I imagined.  I am happy to report that our dinner last night was a great success.  The flavors merged together wonderfully.

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Marinade

1 C lemon/lime juice

1/4 C hoisin Sauce

3/8 C agave

2 T dijon mustard

Chicken Vegetable Kebabs

Chicken

Bell peppers

Mushrooms

Onions

Zucchini

  1. Mix marinade and place chicken and marinade into a large Ziploc bag.  Let it sit for several hours minimum, preferably overnight.  A couple hours before grilling add your vegetables to the marinade.
  2. Place the chicken and vegetables onto skewers and set on the grill.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, flip onto other side and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

* You may pick different vegetables; I simply listed the ones I used as examples of good grilling vegetables.

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Guess what next week is… It is the first week of the month!  Do you know what that means?  Yup, it is time for another theme. Do you want to know what it is?  Come back on Monday and you will hear all about it!… and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday:-)  That’s all for today, have a FABULOUS weekend!

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