BBQ Kabobs + Corn on Cob

Labor Day is around the corner which means end of Summer BBQs will be in full swing. Are you ready? Here are some tasty, carb-free, healthy recipes you and your guests will love. 

I’ve got your healthy BBQ menu planned out just in time for the long, holiday weekend!

I recently hosted my mom’s side of the family for a fun afternoon turned evening BBQ. I knew I’d be feeding many hungry Italians and needed to serve something that was not only filling and flavorful but also fit my dietary needs (carb/gluten and sugar free). I think the hardest part about eating well is planning in advance so hopefully you can save some time and follow this menu!

IMG_7126I decided on Korean spiced chicken and steak kabobs with veggies – each made in marinades (that include ingredients you likely have in your pantry!) which I kept over night in the fridge. I paired them with an avocado “Caesar” salad and spiced corn on the cob that was super delicious.

Before getting to the recipes, you’ll need to get some skewers. I ordered these 12-inch Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewers off of Amazon and they were at my door within 2 days with Prime. They’re sturdy, sharp and perfect for kabobs.

Steak Kabobs (serves 5)

Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds beef sirloin tips, cut into 1½-inch cubes
  • 1 red, yellow and orange bell pepper
  • 1 red onion

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Korean Spiced Chicken Kabobs (serves 5)

Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds beef sirloin tips, cut into 1½-inch cubes
  • 1 red, yellow and orange bell pepper
  • 1 red onion

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 2 thinly sliced scallions

Note: I will admit, I rarely use recipes with this many ingredients – but I had 90% of them in my pantry/fridge which makes it super easy. 


Directions for Kabobs:

  • Cut up steak and chicken into cube sized bites. Set aside in large Ziploc bags.
  • Cut peppers and onions into bite sized pieces. Put half of them with the chicken and the other half with the steak.
  • Mix all marinades ingredients in separate bowls and add to respective Ziploc bag.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours or more. (I chose to leave them overnight)
  • Before grilling, add to skewers. I switched between protein then veggie and tried to alternate color so they were was variety.
  • Heat grill. Add chicken first (cooks for 10 min) and then steak (cooks for 6-8 min). Turn them every 2 min or so.
  • Once cooked, remove meat from skewer and serve.

Corn on Cob – with a kick!

What’s a BBQ without some fresh corn on the cob? Here’s an easy, tasty recipe that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter (or butter substitute)
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  • Remove husks from corn on cob
  • Clean corn and set aside. Cut into two pieces (optional).
  • Melt butter substitute in microwave for 15 seconds, and add all other ingredients to same bowl. Wisk together.
  • Cut pieces of tin toil for as many husks of corn that you have. You want the tintoil to securely wrap around each piece of corn.
  • Place each piece of corn on tinfoil pieces. Using a marinade brush, add mixture to corn and securely wrap each one.
  • Place pieces of corn on the grill for 20 minutes. Turn occasionally.
  • After 20 minutes, remove and let them cool. Remove tin foil and serve.

(Note: Lime is missing from ingredients in this pic – sorry!)

Now, it’s time to eat and enjoy some relaxing, quality time with family!

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6 thoughts on “BBQ Kabobs + Corn on Cob

  1. All looks so yummy! I will definitely try the marinade and corn recipe!! Kabobs are too much work for me with 3 kiddos. Thanks for the recipes super mom!

    1. I’m so glad!! You’ll have to tell me how you like it! I agree, kabobs can be a lot of work but you know what makes it super easy? Asking the butcher to pre-chop the meat. I did that for my BBQ 🙂

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