May is a great month, wouldn’t you agree? The weather is warmer, the sun is shining, the kids are finally out of school (at least here in Georgia – yikes), but most importantly- MEMORIAL DAY! Now you can finally wipe the dust off that grill to try out this new festive recipe at your next gathering. These chicken, strawberry, and beet kabobs with creamy basil sauce are perfect for any party appetizer or main dish.
At this point, you may already be thinking…“Now that’s a weird combination!”
Yep, we thought the same exact thing, too!
But we can assure you the outcome of putting these ingredients together is mind blowing! From the sweetness of the strawberries to the juicy smoky flavor of the chicken, the tenderness of the roasted beets and the tangy aromatic taste of the creamy basil sauce, your friends and family will be wowed this Memorial Day or at your next party.
Our recipe is a healthier, creative, and tasty twist on the typical barbecue dishes served on Memorial Day. These kabobs will give you the boost of energy you need without making you feel overly full and sluggish. Before we tell you the cool benefits of these kabobs, first soak your skewers; we don’t want your grill to end up like ours… ON FIRE! But that’s a different story for a different post!
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We talked about the flavor but let’s take a moment to talk about these health bombs!
Beets **side-eye emoji** are amazing but just make sure you wear gloves, because it can get a little CSI: Las Vegas in the kitchen (if you know what I mean). These pigmented vegetables are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and manganese, which are beneficial for improving the function of your immune system.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants and phytochemical compounds. These bright red beauties pack a powerful punch by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing your risk of certain cancers. About 1 cup of strawberries provides 50 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Awesome, don’t you think? So instead of one kabob, have TWO! You can’t go wrong with adding chicken to a meal. We all know chicken provides a good supply of protein, B vitamins and minerals such as iron and zinc
But, let’s not leave out basil in the Creamy Basil Sauce. Basil may be small but has many nutrients such as vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A in addition to antioxidants and phytochemicals which are great for your cardiovascular health.
Whether you make this as a side dish or main, you are going to be the premier chef for your Memorial Day cookout!
This post was co-written with Brea Green, a dietetic intern from Southern Regional Medical Center and graduate from Georgia State University. Brea has a hunger for food and believes strongly in nutrition being a healthy lifestyle change vs. a restrictive diet (partially because it has the word DIE in it!). She loves to explore and “stir up” creative dishes and recipes in the kitchen for family gatherings, parties but most importantly her dog!
Photography by Luisa Hammett, a dietetic intern from Southern Regional Medical Center and author of Peaches to Pearls Blog. Luisa has a passion for food and is a firm believer in indulging in moderation. She loves being in a kitchen and creating fun recipes to share with her friends and family.