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Fun Family Dinner: Veggie Kabobs

Some kids are resistant to eating vegetables, while others are open to trying just about everything. We have found allowing kids to assist in the preparation of the meal usually makes them more excited to try new things. It also helps educate them on nutrition and healthy choices. These marinated summer vegetable kabobs are fun for the whole family to prepare and kids love to get their hands dirty and create their own kabob combinations. 

This recipe is great for farmer’s market summer squash, but feel free to add or subtract your favorite vegetables and customize the ingredients for your family. If you are using bamboo skewers, remember to soak them in water for at least 20 minutes prior to grilling so the sticks won’t burn.

Serve these kabobs at your next family dinner and get the kids to help you with the prep work, or enjoy this recipe at your next cookout or barbecue with friends and family.


Marinated Vegetable Kabobs
YIELDS: 4 servings

Vegetable kabobs are fun to make, easy to cook and serve, and create a vibrant and colorful plate. Lightly charring the edges of the vegetables gives the flavor more depth. You can marinate the vegetables in a covered dish, or if there is limited space in the refrigerator, use a large resealable zipper storage bag.
Marinade
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Ground pepper to taste
Vegetables
8 large mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut in chunks
1 large yellow pepper, cored, seeded, cut in chunks
1 large green pepper, cored, seeded, cut in chunks
1 small red onion, cut in chunks
Instructions
Mix marinade ingredients. Add vegetables.
Cover, refrigerate and marinate 4 to 8 hours.
Thread vegetables onto skewers; place on grill.
Grill 8 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally.
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Test Kitchen Tips: Use a non-metal dish for marinating. Most marinades contain acidic ingredients, such as vinegar or lemon juice, which react with metal causing “off” flavors.

Be creative with vegetables. Try red potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, or cherry tomatoes. There’s no need to be limited to white button mushrooms. Choose from a variety such as Portabella, Crimini and Shiitake mushrooms.



Quick and Easy Picnic Sandwiches

The dogs are barking, the birds are chirping, and somehow we have finally emerged from the long, cold winter to a bright, sunshiney spring. It’s time to get outside, breathe in the fresh air, and make good use of the gorgeous weekends ahead. One of our favorite things to do in spring is gather the family and head to a local park for a relaxing picnic. 

 To pack for a picnic, you need a large bag or picnic basket, a comfortable blanket, activities, drinks, food, and portable phone speakers for some music. We are big fans of iced tea, lemonade, and water in sealable pitchers. Picnic food is usually easy to eat and doesn’t require a lot of cleanup. That’s why we came up with these great make-ahead sandwich ideas you can easily prepare in your Breakfast Sandwich Maker, which pair well with finger foods like berries, watermelon, grapes, and pretzels. 

 Kristel’s Tip: Make slushy drinks like frozen fruit slushes, frappé coffee, or refreshing lemon granita in a blender the day before your trip. Freeze them in plastic bags and use them as ice packs to keep your food cold. By the time you set out lunch, your beverage will be slushy and ready for drinking!


Warm Chocolate Croissant
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 mini croissant, halved
2 Tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
Instructions
Preheat Breakfast Sandwich Maker until green READY light comes on. Spread chocolate hazelnut spread over bottom half of croissant. Lift cover, top ring and cooking plate.
Place bottom half of croissant, chocolate-side up in bottom ring of Breakfast Sandwich Maker.
Lower cooking plate and top ring.  Place top half of croissant on cooking plate.
Close cover. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, just until chocolate and croissant are warm.
Slide out cooking plate by rotating handle clockwise.  Lift cover and rings; carefully remove sandwich with plastic spatula.
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
2 slices bread, cut in 4-inch circles
Butter, softened
2 slices American cheese
Instructions
Preheat Breakfast Sandwich Maker until green READY light comes on. Lightly butter one side of each bread circle. Lift cover, top ring and cooking plate.
Place one bread circle, buttered-side down in bottom ring of Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Top with cheese.
Lower cooking plate and top ring. Add bread circle, buttered-side up on cooking plate.
Close cover. Cook 3 to 4 minutes.
Slide out cooking plate by rotating handle clockwise. Lift cover and rings; carefully remove sandwich with plastic spatula.
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Pepperoni and Veggie Pizza Sandwich
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 English muffin, split
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices pepperoni
2 Tablespoons chopped green pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 Tablespoon sliced black olives
Instructions
Preheat Breakfast Sandwich Maker until green READY light comes on. Spread sauce evenly on split sides of muffin. Lift cover, top ring and cooking plate.
Place bottom half of muffin, sauce side up in bottom ring of Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Top with half of the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper, onion and black olives.
Lower cooking plate and top ring. Place top half of muffin, sauce side up. Top with remaining ingredients.
Close cover. Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
Carefully lift cover and rings; remove bottom pizza with plastic spatula. Lower cooking plate and top ring down; slide out cooking plate by rotating handle clockwise. Lift rings; carefully remove remaining pizza with plastic spatula.
Press pizza halfs together, sauced sides facing in, to create sandwich.
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