Sweeties, we’re mixing it up today! As you know, we love livin’ that easy peasy, breezy life, especially when it’s workin’ our way around the kitchen! It’s the season of new recipes and we’re dreaming up of all the ways food can be eaten on a stick, y’all! It’s not just for carnival or county fair food anymore. Food on a stick is becoming increasingly popular over the years!
Think beyond the world famous shish-kabob, the popsicles, and the corn dog. These sugar filled, battered and fried summertime favorites ruin diets and can send your sugar levels through the roof. This has us thinkin’, what other ways can healthier food be enjoyed, mess free on a stick? Today, we are sharin’ 3 easy recipes to “wow” your family and party guests. Let’s get to 3 recipes to eat on a stick!
Rainbow Veggie Skewers:
Eating veggies can be even more fun and enjoyable, y’all! Making a colorful dinner with your veggies is a great way to get all of your vitamins and nutrients and while on a stick, you have free hand for some sweet tea sippin’. We are lovin’ this recipe by Gimmie Some Oven!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 16 cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch squares
- 1 orange bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch squares
- 1 yellow squash, halved and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch squares
- 1 zucchini, halved and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch squares
- 1 large red onion, peeled and quartered then cut into bite-sized pieces
- 8 purple potatoes, halved
To make the vinaigrette:
Whisk all ingredients together until blended.
To make the vegetables:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then add the halved purple potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Drain.
Add the purple potatoes and remaining vegetables to a large bowl, and toss with the vinaigrette until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or up to 8 hours. If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to also soak them in water before grilling.
When you are ready to cook the vegetables, heat your grill to medium heat. Thread the vegetables onto skewers, in rainbow order if desired. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper if desired. Then place the skewers on an oiled grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Remove and serve immediately.
Chef Salad on a Stick:
No big bowls needed here! Did ya ever think of servin’ a salad on a stick? It’s great for party planning and makes the clean up oh-so-simple! Change up the ingredients to make this recipe more colorful or swap out for your favorite veggies or salad extras. Get creative, y’all! Here’s the easy recipe by Pocket Change Gourmet.
- Lettuce, cut into small squares
- Tomatoes, cherry are best
- Cucumber, cleaned and sliced
- Ham, cubed
- Cheese, cut into chunks
- Eggs, hard boiled and sliced in half
- Wooden Skewers
- Cut bread into chunks for croutons
- Spritz with Olive Oil and sprinkle with Garlic Salt
- Toast in the oven at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes
- Cook eggs, cool, peel and slice
- Cut the rest of the veggies
- Thread ingredients onto skewers
- Serve with Ranch Dressing or your favorite dressing
Snacks on a stick:
Who would have thought that snacking on a stick could be so fun! Good Life Eats has more super easy ideas how you can put together a delicious and mess free snack for when your tummy starts to grumble!
Try these flavor combinations for your next snack!
- Cantaloupe + Ham + Green Grapes + Mozzarella Balls
- Salami + Italian Bread Cubes + Grape Tomatoes + Fresh Basil + Mozzarella Balls
- Turkey + Apple Cubes + Celery Slices + Swiss Cheese
- Bacon Strips + Lettuce + Italian Bread Cubes + Tomatoes
- Turkey + Colby Jack + Bell Pepper
The options are endless! Of course, no meal with be complete without a pitcher of cool Southern Breeze Sweet Tea for the table. Keeping the theme of easy peasy, Southern Breeze is brewed with no mess of measuring sugar, so you can get down to grubbing time in no time! Sweeties, what recipes on a stick will you come up with?