Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Healthy and Fun Appetizers For Kids

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Kabobs are a healthy choice for the kids and entire family. Whether they are served as an appetizer, or a main course. Not only are they healthy but they are fun to make. If the kids are starting to get bored this summer here's a recipe for Meatball Kabobs that they can make, and the whole family can take pleasure in.

A simple list of what you will need:

_. One bag of pre-cooked meatballs.
_. A green pepper sliced in chunks.
_. One onion sliced in chunks.
_. One sliced carrot.
_. One can chunked Pineapple or one fresh pineapple. If you buy the canned version make sure it's well drained before putting on skewer.
_. 8 whole mushrooms.
_. Charcoal and charcoal lighter for the grill
_. 8 8-inch skewers. Any size skewer will work but 6 inch is the perfect size for a meal and will also allow heat more easily in between the items on your skewer without worrying about packing the skewer too tight.

Add some of your items if you would like. The ideas are endless for kabob making. Some other items you might enjoy are watermelon, celery, tomatoes, cantaloupe, or honeydew.
Light the grill with the charcoal and lighter fluid. Let it burn for about 5 minutes.
While the coals are burning have each child make their kabob. They can put the variety of items on their skewer or just pick their favorites. A good pattern is meatball, carrot, onion, pineapple, and then start again with meatball until the skewer is almost full. Don't pack the veggies too tight, which will allow the heat to be balanced. Use a whole mushroom for the tip of the skewer to keep all the other items on the skewer while cooking. Add a couple dashes of Teriyaki sauce or another favorite sauce. This particular kabob does not need any spice seasoning since a sauce is being used.

This kabob can be made in the cold season without the use of the grill also. Simply steam the vegetables or lightly fry them with a low fat cooking spray.

Put the kabobs on the grill and turn them every 3 minutes depending on the heat of your grill and how the kabobs look to you. After 2 turns each for each kabob they should be done. If not, leave them on a couple minutes and put them on a platter.

With the leftovers, add some lettuce and you have another healthy side dish or appetizer for the next day. Salads are always a good choice for the health conscious family.

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