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Kabobs, Anyone?

29 Feb

When I think of skewers or kabobs, I think of summertime! My mom would always make my brothers and I work like little assembly workers stacking marinated pieces of beef and vegetables on the bamboo sticks when we were little. Actually, I think I was also in charge of the skewers last year for my brother’s graduation party but regardless, it’s just a great, easy food to make for a bunch of people. Although, if you don’t plan on feeding 25+ people (even though this could be a great party food recipe!) we improvised a little and made this recipe to feed one person. So, to kick off the wonderful weather we have been having in the Midwest, we want to give everyone a taste of summer here at College Grubbin’! I have to add that this recipe does require the George Forman grill or real grill for the best results and a little bit of time to marinate the meat & veggies. Even if you’re stuck in the snow, kick back, make some skewers, grab a beer & reminisce about summer, it’s only a couple of months away!

Serving size: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Grill time: 5 minutes

Marinade time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

2 bamboo skewer sticks or metal ones (we got ours at Kroger for $2)

1 chicken breast

8 cherry tomatoes

4 slices of mushrooms

¼ red pepper

¼ yellow pepper

¼ purple onion or white onion

3 teaspoons of Teriyaki sauce

Minced garlic

Directions

1. First things first, make the marinade. I grabbed a large Ziploc bag and poured 3 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce into the bag and about half a tablespoon of minced garlic in as well. You can gauge how much garlic you want in your marinade depending on your preference.

2. Cut medium-sized square pieces from your onion and chicken breast. I got about 12 cubes of chicken and 8 pieces of onion. Place these items plus the mushrooms in the Ziploc bag, seal it shut, shake up the mixture a little bit and put the bag in the refrigerator.

3. Once you let the chicken marinate, start cutting up the peppers into about 4 square pieces for each red and yellow pepper. You might think that there are a lot of pieces but when you put them on the skewer they tend bunch up together and shrink.

4. After the chicken, mushrooms, and onions marinate for 15 minutes (you can have them marinate for a lot longer too), open the bag and start arranging all of the veggies and meat on the skewer, (don’t forget the cherry tomatoes!). I like every 2 or 3 pieces of veggies and then one cube of meat. You should be able to fill up both skewer sticks!

5. Turn on the George Forman grill and let them sizzle for about 3 minutes and then flip the skewer over. Allow about 5 minutes of cooking time.  Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way before taking them off the grill!

Now, you are ready to enjoy your skewers! I kind of burned the second one and it was still amazing! They are so delicious, but a little messy, so I would not suggest making this meal for a date. You definitely  might scare your date a little while you are chowing down. Happy grubbin’!

Mexican Mosh Pit

23 Feb

Since we had a bunch of leftover red beans and ground chicken from our featured kale gumbo recipe on the site we decided to try to find another recipe including those ingredients. We ended up finding a Mexican lasagna, which, leave it to Rachel Ray to post a recipe that left us scratching our heads a little when we first read it. It definitely wasn’t what we were expecting when I started to stir all the ingredients together but it definitely turned out to be amazing! The original recipe that we tested out for dinner could easily feed four and since this is cooking for college students we decided to modify that recipe a little to make it about one to two serving sizes.

Although, one of my favorite days of the week is Thursday when we host family dinner and this recipe would be PERFECT for that! If there is one thing I learned living with 4 other girls in college is that collectively, we eat a lot of food. One of our room mates will have leftover pasta sauce, another will have steamed broccoli and a roomie might have a loaf of garlic bread. Put that all together with some noodles and bam, you’ve got yourself a nice family style meal. Some weeks we invite friends and tell them to bring over alcohol for our meal which is perfect because all you have to do is cook an appetizer and you get free alcohol out of it! One week, a friend of ours made homemade sangria and let me tell you, it was fantastic! Talk to your roomies or friends about family dinner & get that tradition rolling!

Prep time: 3 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

¼ of the package of ground meat (we used chicken)

¼ cup of diced green bell peppers

2 tablespoons of diced onion

½ can of stewed tomatoes

½ can of red beans or black beans (strained & rinsed)

3 fajita sized tortillas

½ teaspoon of cumin or pepper

½ cup of Mexican shredded cheese

Pam cooking spray or olive oil

Directions

1. Use Pam to coat the frying pan and turn on the stove to medium high heat, after preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Place the ground chicken, diced onions, beans, tomatoes, bell peppers and cumin in the pan. Start to mix everything together with a spatula.

3. Let the chicken cook fully, this should take about 8 minutes. While waiting, get out a baking dish (we used a glass one but ceramic dishes are fine too) and coat the dish with Pam. Place a tortilla on the bottom of the dish.

4. Once your chicken is cooked, start scooping a layer of the mixture onto the first tortilla. This will be your first layer, then cover it with a sprinkle of cheese and tortilla. Create one more layer on top of that with the mixture then sprinkle with cheese and cover with a tortilla. Top it off with some more cheese and place in the oven.

5. Wait about 8-10 minutes and take it out of the oven. The cheese is a great indicator if the lasagna is cooked, if its browned then take it out.

 

Now you have a slice of Mexican lasagna all to yourself! You can add salsa, guacamole or sour cream to your slice for additional flavor. If you are kind enough to share with your roomies & friends just double this recipe and let us know if they enjoyed it. Make sure to keep grubbin’ & check back for more family style recipes!