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Spicy shrimp and veggie kebabs

Summer is the perfect time for grilling. And, kebabs are a fabulous way to involve kids in meal prep. Here's a nutritious, simple recipe you can grill indoors or outdoors. If your family doesn't enjoy spicy foods, adjust the chili sauce to your own taste buds.


  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 18 large shrimp, rinsed and drained
  • 12 new potatoes, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons chili sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 small zucchini, each cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 eggplant (with peel), cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • extra-light olive oil** 

    * Keep the skin on! Eggplant peel contains nasunin, a nutrient that fights aging and cancer. 
    **Lemon juice and oil are not included in nutritional facts


  1. If are using wooden skewers, soak them in a bowl filled with water for about 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. Add shrimp and toss. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place potatoes in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and water. Whisk in cornstarch.
  5. Place corn syrup, sugar, chili sauce and garlic powder in a small saucepan. Add cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Remove from stove and set aside to let cool.
  6. Remove shrimp from refrigerator and drain. Throw away the lemon juice and oil mixture.
  7. To build each kebab, thread the following ingredients, in this order, on each skewer: shrimp, zucchini, new potato, eggplant, shrimp, zucchini, new potato, eggplant, shrimp.
  8. If using a grill, brush grill grate with oil. Cook on medium for 10 to 15 minutes or until shrimp is fully cooked, turning halfway through cooking time.
  9. If cooking in the oven, place pan of kebabs on middle rack of oven at 375 F for 20 to 30 minutes, turning every 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Serve each kebab with 2 tablespoons dipping sauce.

Makes 6 servings

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