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Salmon and Vegetable Oven Kebabs

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Serves 4 People

The firm, meaty quality of salmon is perfect for a delectable shish kebab, and its beneficial omega-3 fatty acids make it a healthy choice, too. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and squash to the meal and you’ll create a powerhouse of taste and nutrition.

In this recipe, the marinade infuses the salmon with a decidedly Mediterranean flavor. While the kebabs marinate, prepare a tabouli salad from whole-grain bulgur wheat or serve hummus with whole-wheat pita to round out the meal. You can further enhance the kebabs with a side dipping sauce featuring yogurt and dill. This easy to prepare dish is ideal for a summer backyard picnic.


Ingredients

  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon
    dried Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Pound
    wild salmon, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 4 Small
    plum tomatoes, cut into quarters or 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 Large
    whole mushrooms, stems removed, halved
  • 1 Medium
    green bell pepper, deseeded, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 Medium
    yellow squash, cut into 8 pieces
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 4
    skewers

Instructions

  1. If using wooden skewers (in lieu of metal ones), soak them in water for about 30 minutes.

  2. In large mixing bowl combine juice, oil, garlic, seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well and divide in half.

  3. Add salmon and vegetables to half of marinade and gently toss to coat pieces. Cover and marinate for about 30 minutes, occasionally rearranging pieces to ensure even coating.

  4. Preheat oven broiler.

  5. Spray large shallow baking dish. Remove skewers from water. Divide fish and vegetable pieces into 4 even portions. Arrange and distribute them evenly on skewers, being careful not to break the pieces.

  6. Place on baking dish. Brush with remaining marinade not used for marinating raw fish. Broil for about 5-8 minutes, brushing frequently with marinade. Carefully turn over kebabs and continue cooking for an additional 4 minutes, basting frequently until fish is done. Serve.

Nutrition: 259 calories, 13 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 g carbohydrate, 26 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 60 mg sodium.

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