Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a summer favorite. Tender juicy grilled chicken is layered with a rainbow of veggies in a tangy Pineapple BBQ Sauce.

Serve this yummy meal with an easy rice pilaf or even a simple summer salad for a great meal!

Four Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Perfect for Summer

Like most grilling recipes, kabobs are the perfect summer meal! Chicken and fresh veggies all beautifully stacked on a skewer and grilled until caramelized.

The possibilities are endless.  These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are delicious when you make them and perfect leftover and added to a salad for lunch the next day.

If you’re using wood skewers, be sure to give them a soak first so they don’t burn on the grill!

Or Winter….

Don’t have a grill or want to stand out in the snow? No problem, you can also make these kabobs in the oven!

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Place prepared kabobs on a foil lined pan.
  3. Bake 22-26 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.

Easy peasy!

A rainbow of veggies on pan for chicken kebabs

One of the very best things about summer is all of the fresh produce and I try to incorporate it into every meal. These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are loaded up with peppers, chicken and of course pineapple and are brushed with an easy to create Pineapple Honey BBQ sauce!

Delicious BBQ Sauce is Key

Having a delicious thick BBQ sauce is great to add that sticky caramelized finish we all love so much .

Combine KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rubs with ANY liquid to create a delicious sauce or marinade. I simply added pineapple juice to the mix… I often add it to homemade bbq sauce for a basting sauce too. This makes tender grilled kabobs with loads of sweet tangy pineapple flavor.

hawaiian chicken kabobs being brushed with marinade

Great for Marinades

Making a great chicken marinade is easy and delicious! Most marinades need a bit of acidity and in this case I use pineapple juice. Not only does this tenderize the meat (don’t worry, it’s just a bit, it won’t make the meat mushy) but it also adds flavor and the sugars in the juice help to caramelize the sauce!

If you haven’t seen these mixes yet, I’m kind of in love with them! Each box comes with two pouches of mix that can be combined with any liquid to create your own sauces and marinades…  think beer, cola, juice or root beer to create the perfect BBQ sauce for your summer grilling!

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs with peppers

More Grilled Chicken Recipes

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. Tender juicy chicken layered with a rainbow of veggies in a tangy Pineapple Honey BBQ Sauce. The perfect quick & easy summer meal!

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup mushrooms (halved)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 purple onion

Sauce

  • 1 package KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub (Sweet Honey)
  • 1 3/4 cup pineapple juice (divided)

Sauce

  1. Combine 3/4 pineapple juice and 1 pouch KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub. Set aside.

Skewers

  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. In a large zipper bag combine 1 cup pineapple juice and 1 pouch KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce & Dry Rub and chicken. Marinate 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high.
  3. Thread chicken and vegetables onto skewers and brush with BBQ Sauce.
  4. Grill 12-16 minutes or until cooked through.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

Baked Onion Rings are perfectly crispy, delicious, and made in the oven! Dredge the onions in a light batter (made without baking powder!) and coat with Panko bread crumbs before baking. 

These oven baked onion rings, just like french fries,  are the perfect classic side for hamburgers or your favorite sandwich!

Baked onion rings with a side of ketchup.

Onions for Rings

You can use large white or yellow onions, or my personal favorite, sweet or Vidalia onions. Sweet onions tend to have thicker, juicier layers, and are also large and fairly uniform in size, which yields bigger rings. Yellow or white onions have stronger sulfur compounds than sweet onions, and can be mellowed out by soaking them in milk.

For best results, slice onion rings in uniform thicknesses so they will cook at the same rate. For this recipe, I recommend ½ inch thick slices.

  • Peel and trim the root and stem ends.
  • Slice perpendicular to the two ends, and separate the rings.
  • You can use both inner and outer rings, or separate them and use just the largest ones if you prefer, and save the smaller rings for other recipes (or use them for caramelized onions).

Two images showing the steps to prep and coat the onion rings.

How to Make Onion Rings

Homemade baked onion rings are simple and fun to make, especially since you don’t have any oily mess from deep frying. Let the onion rings soak in milk for ½ hour to sweeten and then get started!

  1. Batter: Make sour milk, then combine with egg and seasonings.
  2. Bread: Toss the onion rings in flour, dip in the batter, then in panko breadcrumbs, turning to coat. Use a fresh dish of bread crumbs as the ones in the first dish become soggy.
  3. Bake: Place the rings in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake, turning halfway through, until browned and crispy.

Baked onion rings being dipped in ketchup.

The Best Onion Rings Sauces

Baked onion rings taste great with ketchup or chili sauce. Or, try some of these other favorite sauces:

How to Reheat Them

Leftover baked onion rings can be refrigerated for up to three days. To keep them crisp, reheat them in the oven, not the microwave.

To Reheat: Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a 400°F oven for 5 or so minutes to crisp up. They will taste just like when made fresh.

Best Baked Appetizers

Crispy Baked Onion Rings

These onion rings are perfectly crispy, delicious, and made in the oven! Dredge onions in a light batter and coat with panko bread crumbs before baking. 

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cups buttermilk (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each seasoning salt, pepper, paprika and parsley
  1. Peel onions and slice into 1/2" thick rings. Place sliced onions in a large freezer bag with 1 cup of buttermilk and let sit at least 30 minutes turning occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  3. Mix buttermilk, eggs and 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth. Set aside.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine Panko Bread Crumbs, olive oil and seasonings.

  5. Remove onions from the ziploc bag and drain well. Place onions in a bag with 1/2 cup of flour and shake to coat.

  6. Separate the Panko mixture into 2 small bowls (this is important because the mixture gets damp and doesn't stick after a while). One by one, dip each onion into the egg mixture and then into the Panko mixture to coat.

  7. Place on a parchment lined pan. Bake 10 minutes, flip over and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until browned and crispy.

  8. Sprinkle with additional seasoning salt if desired and serve with ketchup!

Nutritional information includes 1/2 of the batter mixture and 1/3 of the wet mixture.

This easy oven baked onion ring recipe is made without baking powder and without deep frying! Sliced onions are dipped in a light batter and breaded with a Panko breadcrumb mixture before being baked until crispy. It's one of my families favorite homemade treats! #spendwithpennies #bakedonionrings #appetizer #sidedish #kidfriendly
This easy oven baked onion ring recipe is made without baking powder and without deep frying! Sliced onions are dipped in a light batter and breaded with a Panko breadcrumb mixture before being baked until crispy. It's one of my families favorite homemade treats! #spendwithpennies #bakedonionrings #appetizer #sidedish #kidfriendly
This easy oven baked onion ring recipe is made without baking powder and without deep frying! Sliced onions are dipped in a light batter and breaded with a Panko breadcrumb mixture before being baked until crispy. It's one of my families favorite homemade treats! #spendwithpennies #bakedonionrings #appetizer #sidedish #kidfriendly

Baked Corn on the Cob – (So easy)

 

Baked Corn on the Cob is an easy way to enjoy corn during the summer. Almost every farmer’s market and supermarket will be brimming with fresh yellow or white summer corn. It’s an American staple on dinner tables all summer long!

Did you know that baking is a great alternative to boiling corn?

Baked corn on the cob stacked in a serving dish with a pat of butter on top.

How to Bake Corn on the Cob

Baking fresh corn on the cob in the oven keeps it moist and flavorful. Just a couple of pats of melted butter (or even Garlic Butter), a splash of water, and a dash of salt and pepper will bring out the sweet flavors of tender summer corn.

  1. Preheat oven and husk ears of corn removing the silks.
  2. Brush each ear generously with butter.
  3. Add water, cover and bake.

Remove ears of corn and season with salt and pepper.

The fastest way to husk corn: Cut off the stem end of the ear of corn about 1 inch from the bottom. Microwave 2 minutes. Then, with one hand, let the corn simply slide out of the cut end! The husk and silk stay in one piece and the corn is ready to cook!

Corn cobs brushed with butter, seasoned and lined up in a baking tray.

To Bake From Frozen

If you want to bake frozen ears of corn, the best way is to thaw naturally. Then bake per directions, decreasing the water to 1/4 cup. Freezing corn breaks up the cell walls of the kernels and in order to refresh them as they are baking, less water is needed.

To bake corn from frozen preheat oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Baked corn on the cob in a baking tray.

What to Serve with Corn on the Cob

This easy baked corn on the cob recipe literally matches with everything and anything! Pair with grilled chicken, or of course Classic Hamburgers; pretty much anything coming off the grill! Heavier filets of fish like salmon and halibut all pair well with to this baked corn on the cob recipe.

All you need is a crisp tossed salad, some garlic bread and you have the makings of an easy, hearty weeknight dinner or weekend barbecue!

Feeling Corny?

Baked Corn on the Cob

This baked corn on the cob recipe takes minutes to prep and makes deliciously moist but firm! Just brush with butter, season and serve!

  • 4 ears corn on the cob (husked)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Brush corn with melted butter. Place in a 2qt baking dish.
  3. Add water and cover with foil.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Toss corn with butter, salt & pepper.

 

Made with only 2 ingredients, this baked corn on the cob recipe is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish for families. Just bake, brush with butter, and season! #spendwithpennies #bakedcornonthecob #ovenbaked #sidedish #cornrecipe #healthy
Made with only 2 ingredients, this baked corn on the cob recipe is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish for families. Just bake, brush with butter, and season! #spendwithpennies #bakedcornonthecob #ovenbaked #sidedish #cornrecipe #healthy

Lettuce Wraps – PF Chang’s Style!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy and fun option that can be made so easily and quickly! Chicken, bell peppers, and green onions are tossed in a homemade Asian sauce and served in a fresh crisp lettuce cup. 

This chicken lettuce wraps recipe is perfect served as an appetizer, a delicious dinner or even a side dish with other Asian-themed fares, like teriyaki grilled chicken thighs or chicken chow mein.

Lettuce wraps prepared on a serving platter.

What Kind of Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps

Your Asian lettuce wraps recipe will look as good as the lettuce you use, so be sure to choose bright green and crispy looking leaves.

Besides that though, nearly any kind of lettuce will work!

  • Butter Lettuce or Bibb Lettuce: butter or bibb lettuce has a great shape and doesn’t crack but is soft so it can’t be overfilled.
  • Iceberg Lettuce: is fresh, sturdy and crunchy but the larger leaves can crack if you bend them so cut them if they’re really big.
  • Other: Romaine lettuce, kale…. pretty much any kind of lettuce you like will work.

How Do I Cut It? Carefully separate the lettuce leaves and rinse and pat dry. Keep them whole, and if you must, slice off any white or hardy ends that won’t wrap well.

Lettuce wrap sauce being poured over cooked chicken and diced peppers.

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

With these lettuce wraps, it’s really all about the sauce! Feel free to add red pepper flakes or Sriracha for a spicier flavor!

To Make the Sauce:

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Make a slurry by dissolving the cornstarch in a little bit of water and then add to the sauce mixture to thicken. Set the sauce aside.

To Make the Chicken Filling:

  1. Finely dice chicken, toss with cornstarch and put in the fridge.
  2. Heat olive oil, garlic, ginger & green onions. Cook everything down until fragrant and soft.
  3. Add the chicken, and cook about 4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, including the sauce and cook down until the sauce is thickened.

To serve, scoop into a section of lettuce leaf and top with chopped peanuts, extra hoisin sauce or Sriracha!

Lettuce wrap chicken filling in a frying pan.

What to Serve with Lettuce Wraps

The original PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are served on a bed of deep fried rice noodles but we put out a huge plate of shredded veggies. Cabbage, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cilantro… the sky’s the limit!

If the lettuce wraps are part of an entire Asian-fusion inspired meal, serve them alongside some slow cooker honey garlic chicken, or a hot and sour soup for something lighter!

Lettuce wrap filled with chicken filling.

Asian Inspired Appetizers

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A deliciously flavorful chicken stir fry wrapped in fresh crisp lettuce leaves. This makes a great appetizer or meal.

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (minced/grated)
  • 2 green onions (sliced, whites & greens separated)
  • 8 oz water chestnuts (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (diced)
  • lettuce leaves (iceberg or butter lettuce for serving)
  • toppings as desired

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (plus extra for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. Combine diced chicken with cornstarch. Refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic and the whites of the green onions and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add chicken and cook until almost cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Add water chestnuts, bell pepper and sauce. Simmer 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  5. To serve, place a scoop of the warm chicken filling in a lettuce leaf. Add desired toppings and drizzle with a little bit of hoisin sauce.

If you’ve had lettuce wraps at PF Changs, they are served with crispy rice noodles. I opted not to include the rice noodles in this recipe to make it a little bit healthier. If you want to add them they are fairly simple to fry up!

Heat 2 cups of vegetable or peanut oil to 350 degrees. Separate your noodles and drop one in. If it crisps up right away, your oil is ready. Drop noodles in the hot oil in small batches until they crisp up (just takes a few seconds). Drain on paper towels. Serve with lettuce wraps.

Recipe inspired by Food Network Magazine

This easy chicken lettuce wrap recipe tosses chicken, bell peppers and green onions in a homemade Asian inspired sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or quick and healthy dinner any night of the week! #spendwithpennies #lettucewraps #asianinspired #appetizer #healthyrecipes
This easy chicken lettuce wrap recipe tosses chicken, bell peppers and green onions in a homemade Asian inspired sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or quick and healthy dinner any night of the week! #spendwithpennies #lettucewraps #asianinspired #appetizer #healthyrecipes
This easy chicken lettuce wrap recipe tosses chicken, bell peppers and green onions in a homemade Asian inspired sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or quick and healthy dinner any night of the week! #spendwithpennies #lettucewraps #asianinspired #appetizer #healthyrecipes

Grilled Brussel Sprouts – chewy, nutty and sweet!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts are full of flavor and a delicious veggie side dish to try out at your next barbecue feast. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts.

They hold up well to grilling and are great with a sprinkle of parmesan and cracked pepper. Serve these alongside grilled salmon or a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled brussels sprouts on skewers.

How to Grill Brussel Sprouts

You’ll love how simple this brussel sprout recipe is to prepare. For best results, use fresh brussels sprouts, not frozen. The texture is firmer and the flavor is better too!

If using wooden skewers, start by soaking them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will ensure the skewers don’t burn up on the grill.

Brussels sprouts on wooden skewers ready to grill.

  1. Pull off any yellowed leaves, trim any long stems off, and slice each sprout in half if they’re large. For smaller sprouts, you can leave them whole.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and partially cook the sprouts. Drain well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread onto skewers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When draining the sprouts, place cut side down on paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb most of the water.

Two imahes showing brussels sprouts on skewers being seasoned and then grilled.

How Long to Grill Brussel Sprouts

Cooking parboiled brussel sprouts on the grill is fast! It only takes about 5 minutes or so per side on a hot grill.

Other Ways to Grill Brussel Sprouts

There are other methods for cooking brussel sprouts on the grill or in the oven.

  • Whole Grilled Brussel Sprouts – After cleaning the sprouts, place them in a microwave dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When cooled enough to handle, thread on metal or wooden skewers with the stem side facing down, and place on grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently until soft
  • Foil-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts in a foil pack. Seal it tightly and place on grill for 15 minutes, flipping several times while cooking.
  • Oven Grilled Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts on skewers. Broil until tender and caramelized, turning once or twice. If using halved sprouts, broil for 7 minutes, or 10 – 15 minutes for whole sprouts, turning more frequently.

Grilled brussel sprouts taste great sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, balsamic or wine vinegar, or tossed with a little Dijon mustard.

Grilled brussels sprouts in a bowl

Can You Freeze Brussel Sprouts?

Leftover grilled sprouts can be frozen for up to three months but will get somewhat mushy when thawed.

They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. I prefer to heat them low and slow in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Grill Those Veggies!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (halved if large)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan
  1. Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or more. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Place flat side down on paper towel to drain completely.

  4. Thread onto skewers, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Place on hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked.

Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish

Grilled Brussel Sprouts – chewy, nutty and sweet!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts are full of flavor and a delicious veggie side dish to try out at your next barbecue feast. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts.

They hold up well to grilling and are great with a sprinkle of parmesan and cracked pepper. Serve these alongside grilled salmon or a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled brussels sprouts on skewers.

How to Grill Brussel Sprouts

You’ll love how simple this brussel sprout recipe is to prepare. For best results, use fresh brussels sprouts, not frozen. The texture is firmer and the flavor is better too!

If using wooden skewers, start by soaking them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will ensure the skewers don’t burn up on the grill.

Brussels sprouts on wooden skewers ready to grill.

  1. Pull off any yellowed leaves, trim any long stems off, and slice each sprout in half if they’re large. For smaller sprouts, you can leave them whole.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and partially cook the sprouts. Drain well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread onto skewers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When draining the sprouts, place cut side down on paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb most of the water.

Two imahes showing brussels sprouts on skewers being seasoned and then grilled.

How Long to Grill Brussel Sprouts

Cooking parboiled brussel sprouts on the grill is fast! It only takes about 5 minutes or so per side on a hot grill.

Other Ways to Grill Brussel Sprouts

There are other methods for cooking brussel sprouts on the grill or in the oven.

  • Whole Grilled Brussel Sprouts – After cleaning the sprouts, place them in a microwave dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When cooled enough to handle, thread on metal or wooden skewers with the stem side facing down, and place on grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently until soft
  • Foil-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts in a foil pack. Seal it tightly and place on grill for 15 minutes, flipping several times while cooking.
  • Oven Grilled Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts on skewers. Broil until tender and caramelized, turning once or twice. If using halved sprouts, broil for 7 minutes, or 10 – 15 minutes for whole sprouts, turning more frequently.

Grilled brussel sprouts taste great sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, balsamic or wine vinegar, or tossed with a little Dijon mustard.

Grilled brussels sprouts in a bowl

Can You Freeze Brussel Sprouts?

Leftover grilled sprouts can be frozen for up to three months but will get somewhat mushy when thawed.

They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. I prefer to heat them low and slow in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Grill Those Veggies!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (halved if large)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan
  1. Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or more. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Place flat side down on paper towel to drain completely.

  4. Thread onto skewers, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Place on hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked.

Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks – a lighter dinner option

Overhead shot of grilled cauliflower steaks on a metal platter.

Grilled Cauliflower Steak is a healthy, quick and simple dinner that’s on the table in a flash. Cauliflower steaks are thickly sliced, brushed with a seasoned olive oil mixture, and grilled until tender.

Take a little break from the usual grilled chicken or pork chops with a light and savory cauliflower steak…you won’t believe how easy they are!

Overhead shot of grilled cauliflower steaks on a metal platter.

Let’s Get Grilling

Grilled veggies are so flavorful and tasty but I was a little reluctant to try grilling cauliflower steaks because cauliflower tends to be a little bland….in my opinion. But everywhere I turned, I kept seeing cauliflower steaks, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. And what a FANTASTIC idea that was.

If you haven’t had a Cauliflower Steak yet, you’re in for a real treat. Even if you’re not a cauliflower fan, I can guarantee you will LOVE this recipe! My veggie hating family devoured the whole platter in a matter of minutes. So quickly, in fact, I had to make another batch.

Which wasn’t a big deal because Grilled Cauliflower Steak is insanely quick and easy to make!

Cauliflower cut in half on a cutting board with a knife.

How to Make Cauliflower Steaks

The best Grilled Cauliflower Steaks are ready in less than 30 minutes, including the amount of time it takes to cut the steaks. To make crispy cauliflower steaks indoors (or if you don’t have a grill), easy roasted cauliflower steaks are my go-to during the winter months. Equally easy and just as addicting!

How to Cut and Prepare:

  1. Cut the cauliflower steaks by FIRST cutting the head of cauliflower in half down the center. Do not remove the stem.
  2. Cut each half into 1 1/2 – 2 inch wide “steaks”. You should be able to get two steaks from each half depending on the size of your cauliflower. If you cut thinner steaks the florets will not hold together.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cauliflower steak marinade ingredients. (If you don’t have liquid smoke or can’t find it at the store, you can skip it.)
  4. Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of the cauliflower steaks with the seasoned olive oil marinade.

Cauliflower Steaks being brushed with a seasoned oil on a cutting board.

How to Grill:

  1. Place the cauliflower steaks on the grill and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Carefully flip the cauliflower steaks over with a spatula and continue to grill for an additional 3-4 minutes or until tender.

Cauliflower Steaks on a grill

Serve immediately sprinkled with parsley, if desired. If you’d like a sauce, serve with a cool, fresh Tzatziki Sauce, a spicy Buffalo Sauce or a drizzle of Pesto Sauce for light summer flavor!

What to Serve with Cauliflower Steaks

 

Easy Grilled Cauliflower Steak Recipe

Grilled Cauliflower Steak recipe that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

  • 2 heads cauliflower (leaves removed )
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  1. Preheat grill.

  2. Cut the cauliflower in half from top to bottom cutting through the stem. (Do not remove the stem.)

  3. Cut each cauliflower half into 1 1/2 – 2 inch slices (steaks). You should have 4 cauliflower steaks from one head of cauliflower depending on the size of your cauliflower.

  4. Arrange the cauliflower on a baking sheet or tray. Set aside.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, paprika, onion powder, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.

  6. Coat both sides of the cauliflower steaks with the seasoned oil using a pastry brush.

  7. Place the cauliflower steaks on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes.

  8. Carefully flip the cauliflower steaks over with a spatula and continue grilling for 3-4 minutes or until tender.

  9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

Cauliflower steaks can be cut up to 8 hours ahead of time.

Best if enjoyed the same day they’re grilled.

Grilled cauliflower steak is a light & healthy alternative to a classic steak or grilled chicken. Cauliflower is thick cut, brushed with a homemade marinade and grilled until tender. Try topping with buffalo or pesto sauce for a fun twist! #spendwithpennies #cauliflowersteak #grilled #healthyrecipe #dinner
Grilled cauliflower steak is a light & healthy alternative to a classic steak or grilled chicken. Cauliflower is thick cut, brushed with a homemade marinade and grilled until tender. Try topping with buffalo or pesto sauce for a fun twist! #spendwithpennies #cauliflowersteak #grilled #healthyrecipe #dinner
Grilled cauliflower steak is a light & healthy alternative to a classic steak or grilled chicken. Cauliflower is thick cut, brushed with a homemade marinade and grilled until tender. Try topping with buffalo or pesto sauce for a fun twist! #spendwithpennies #cauliflowersteak #grilled #healthyrecipe #dinner

Blueberry Bran Muffins (full of antioxidants & Vitamin B)

Blueberry Bran Muffins are hearty, wholesome, and delicious. This healthy recipe incorporates two cups of powerful antioxidants in the form of blueberries as well as a cup and a half of wheat bran for all the vitamin B you’ll need for the day!

Just like our favorite breakfast cookies, bran muffins are great for a grab-and-go snack.

Blueberry bran muffin cut in half on a cutting board.

How to Make Blueberry Bran Muffins

Trade out that pre-packaged snack at the office for these flavorful muffins that will get you through the entire morning! Even better when made in fun muffin cup liners.

  1. Whisk dry ingredients (except wheat bran) in a bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  2. MIXING: Fold in the wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Overmixing can cause tough chewy muffins.
  3. BLUEBERRIES: Toss blueberries with flour and add to muffin mixture. The flour helps keep the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.

Once the batter is prepared, evenly scoop into each muffin tin and bake until a wooden pick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!  For a tasty treat, serve with whipped strawberry butter!

Steps for making blueberry bran muffins including a bowl of mix with flour and a bowl of mix with blueberries on top

These bran muffins can be made in mini-muffin cups, medium-sized cups or even those huge Texas-sized muffin cups!

Can You Freeze Them?

Sure, you can!  These blueberry bran muffins not only freeze well but will also thaw and reheat well! Make sure they are totally cooled down before placing them in a zippered bag with the date on it.

To thaw, either set out on a counter to defrost naturally, or place a few of them in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat a couple of minutes, the steam created from the damp paper towel will help keep the muffins soft!

Blueberry bran muffins baked in a muffin tin.

Blueberry bran muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast recipe. With the addition of blueberries (fresh or frozen), for that just barely sweet flavor, even the kids will devour them!

More Breakfast Snacks

Blueberry Bran Muffins

Blueberry Bran Muffins are hearty, wholesome, and packed with nutrition. Incorporating two cups blueberries as well as a cup and a half of wheat bran!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line 12 muffin cups with papers or grease well.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
  3. Combine shortening and sugars with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Add molasses, eggs and milk. Beat until incorporated.
  4. Stir in juice and bran. Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
  5. Toss blueberries with remaining 1 tablespoon flour and gently stir into mixture.

  6. Divide over prepared pans and bake 18-20 minutes.

Recipe Adapted from Quaker Wheat Bran.

These healthy blueberry bran muffins are the perfect grab and go snack or easy breakfast on busy mornings! Made with blueberries, and wheat bran they are full of antioxidants and fiber making them a healthy dessert option too! #spendwithpennies #blueberrybranmuffins #branmuffinrecipe #healthy #snack
These healthy blueberry bran muffins are the perfect grab and go snack or easy breakfast on busy mornings! Made with blueberries, and wheat bran they are full of antioxidants and fiber making them a healthy dessert option too! #spendwithpennies #blueberrybranmuffins #branmuffinrecipe #healthy #snack
These healthy blueberry bran muffins are the perfect grab and go snack or easy breakfast on busy mornings! Made with blueberries, and wheat bran they are full of antioxidants and fiber making them a healthy dessert option too! #spendwithpennies #blueberrybranmuffins #branmuffinrecipe #healthy #snack

Baba Ganoush – a creamy eggplant dip

Baba Ganoush is a light and creamy spread. It can be used on anything from warm pita bread or tortilla chips or even spread on sandwiches, added to egg salad.

With a base of roasted eggplant, this dip is flavored with lemon, garlic and olive oil.

A bowl of prepared Baba Ganoush garnished wth parsley and red chili flakes.

Baba Ganoush Recipe

This eggplant dip is so fresh and light it pairs perfectly with any party appetizer or snack! Try serving this dip with a plate full of veggies and veggie dip. Or with tortilla chips and a hot & bubbly spinach artichoke dip. So many tasty options!

What is Baba Ganoush?

Baba Ganoush is often used as a dip (or meze), it can also be used as a flavorful spread on sandwiches or even added to other dishes as a thick sauce.

It’s even healthy! It is made from eggplant, tahini (which is made from sesame seeds), and the olive oil, which are all heart-healthy fats and even the lemon juice has trace amounts of Vitamin C!

Baba Ganoush vs Hummus

  • Hummus is a popular dish in the Middle East. Made from cooked, mashed chickpeas and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic.
  • Baba Ganoush hails mostly from the Meditteranean. Made from cooked and processed eggplant, mixed with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and parsley.

Either way, these two dips are healthy alternatives to pre-packaged and store-bought options that delicious and easy to make!

Peeling the skin off of roasted eggplan for making baba ganoush

How to Make Baba Ganoush

The base for baba ganoush is grilled or roasted eggplant to get a soft cream inside. Cooking on the grill will produce a slightly smoky taste. In this easy baba ganoush recipe, I use oven roasted eggplant to make it easy! To start, preheat the oven and grease a baking sheet with pan release or line with parchment paper.

  1. Bake: Poke each eggplant all over with a fork and bake until soft. Cool the eggplant completely and remove the peel (it should slip off easily in a couple of large pieces).
  2. Blend: Place all ingredients (except olive oil) in a food processor and process until evenly mixed and smooth.
  3. Assemble: Stir in the parsley and salt. Place baba ganoush in a serving bowl or dish, make a well in the center and pour the olive oil in the center.

Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes for color and extra flavor!

Two images showing the baba ganoush ingredients being blended in a food processor.

Make Ahead

Baba Ganoush is easily frozen when spread into a zippered bag. Just label and date.

  • Freeze: Lay flat in the freezer so that it takes up less space and less time to thaw.
  • Thaw: Set in the fridge or on the counter to thaw overnight.
  • Refresh: Add a little tahini to thicken it up if needed, and some lemon juice and salt to sharpen the flavors.

Baba Ganoush being dipped with a wedge of pita bread.

Our Favorite Party Dips

Baba Ganoush

Baked eggplant is combined with tahini, garlic, and other ingredients to create this delicious dip or spread. Serve with pita, crackers, or veggies for a delicious appetizer.

  • 2 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • crushed red pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Poke eggplant with a fork and bake until tender about 45-50 minutes.
  3. Cool and peel the eggplant.
  4. Place eggplant, tahini, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  5. Stir in parsley & salt. Top with olive oil and crushed red pepper.

This easy baba ganoush recipe is perfect as an appetizer or a snack spread on toast, sandwiches, or a wrap! Made with 6 ingredients, including baked eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, this light & creamy dish is healthy and delicious! #spendwithpennies #babaganoush #eggplantrecipe #appetizer #snack #healthy
This easy baba ganoush recipe is perfect as an appetizer or a snack spread on toast, sandwiches, or a wrap! Made with 6 ingredients, including baked eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, this light & creamy dish is healthy and delicious! #spendwithpennies #babaganoush #eggplantrecipe #appetizer #snack #healthy
This easy baba ganoush recipe is perfect as an appetizer or a snack spread on toast, sandwiches, or a wrap! Made with 6 ingredients, including baked eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, this light & creamy dish is healthy and delicious! #spendwithpennies #babaganoush #eggplantrecipe #appetizer #snack #healthy

Black Bean and Corn Salad (ready in 20 mins!)

Black Bean and Corn Salad is a fresh, crunchy, tangy, and nutritious salad recipe. Beans, tomatoes, corn and peppers are tossed with a tangy vinaigrette and a dash of cumin and chili powder

This is the perfect summer side with grilled BBQ chicken and keeps well in the fridge making for great lunches all week!

Close up of a black bean corn salad garnished with jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro.

A Summer Favorite

A summery corn salad is a mixture of fresh veggies and flavors combined with boiled or grilled corn. Our favorite corn and black bean salad starts fresh corn cut right off the cob.

How to Cook Corn for Salad

Here are a few of my favorite methods for cooking corn on the cob for this recipe:

You can also use frozen or canned corn for this recipe meaning it’s great any time of year! If using frozen corn it should be defrosted but does not need to be cooked (it’s already been blanched in preparation for freezing).

Bowl of black bean and corn salad ingredients.

How to Make Black Bean and Corn Salad

Easy corn and black bean salad is a simple process. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients, and set aside to give flavors a chance to develop.
  2. Prep the veggies and combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro leaves and a slice of avocado or two if you’d like and serve fresh.

Bowl full of black bean and corn salad ingredients, topped with feta and cilantro.

To Store Leftovers

Tomatoes, especially after being cut, have a tendency to get mushy in the fridge. If you’re going to be serving this recipe over a period of a few days, add fresh tomatoes to each serving.

Leftovers of this recipe do not freeze well.

More Corny Favorites

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Black Bean and Corn Salad get a Mexican flair by spicing up the tangy dressing with cumin and chili powder!

  • 3 cups corn kernels ((about 4 cobs of corn))
  • 1 cup black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup orange pepper (diced)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese (or feta)

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine corn, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and onion in a medium bowl.
  2. Add dressing ingredients and toss to combine. Generously season with salt & pepper. Marinate at least 1 hour.

  3. Top with feta and additional cilantro if desired.

Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.

 

Black bean corn salad is an easy healthy summer recipe full of fresh veggies like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and peppers! Topped with a Mexican flair dressing and feta cheese this delicious side is full of flavor and perfect for your next barbecue! #spendwithpennies #blackbeancornsalad #sidedish #salad #cornrecipe #grilled #healthy
Black bean corn salad is an easy healthy summer recipe full of fresh veggies like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and peppers! Topped with a Mexican flair dressing and feta cheese this delicious side is full of flavor and perfect for your next barbecue! #spendwithpennies #blackbeancornsalad #sidedish #salad #cornrecipe #grilled #healthy