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Peanut sauce, spiked with fresh lime zest, adds authentic Asian flavor to Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs. Pair with a thrifty bowl of hot, cooked ramen noodles for a tasty alternative to expensive take-out.
As for ingredients, almost anything goes with these versatile recipes. Pork can easily stand in for chicken, or try using boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts. Swap apples and partially cooked sweet potatoes for green tomatoes and plums, or amp up the heat by substituting poblano chiles for bell peppers. The possibilities are endless!
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Inspired by a favorite gumbo recipe, Creole Turkey-and-Sausage Kabobs team with rice for a hearty meal the whole family will love. Always in season, frozen okra threads easily onto skewers for a time-saving shortcut.
Premarinated meats and poultry offer a speedy solution for last-minute suppers. Low in fat, rubs and seasoning blends also add fast flavor and help seal in juices.
Pair vegetables and fruit with similar cook times, such as bell pepper and summer squash, and keep the pieces uniform in size. If you'd like to add potatoes or carrots, parboil them first until almost done but still firm.
When cutting onion into wedges, leave the root end intact so the layers hold together for easy handling. For extra-tender grilled onions, microwave the wedges at HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes before threading onto skewers.
Tightly packed skewers take longer to grill, so leave a small amount of space between each piece to ensure quick, even cooking.