Labor Day Cookout

We had my parents over for dinner tonight.  We wanted something good and easy.  I opted for shish kabob, rice and salad with the homemade ranch dressing.  (Some of the leftover will be used to marinate chicken for grilling tomorrow night.)  The shish kabob is so good – I was telling Christie last night that I was making it and she said “I could drink that marinade!”  Probably not good as a beverage but awesome as a marinade!  🙂

Shish Kabob

  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TB dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar.  Marinate sirloin cubes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and red onions (quartered).  Skewer and grill.  Serve over rice.

Ranch dressing

  • 3 chopped scallions, white and green part
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed herbs (I used a combination of basil, chives and dill)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Combine scallions, herbs, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Add mayo, yogurt and buttermilk and blend until well mixed.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

I put the dressing on a salad of mache (you could use any greens) with some grated carrot, sliced mushrooms and sliced cucumbers (leftover from last week’s Panzanella salad).  I chopped it up in small bite size bits.

It was so good that I didn’t even have time to take a picture!

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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