Shish kabob marinades…
When I think of summer, that's what I think of. Along with fresh vegetables from our garden, watermelon, grilling, swimming in the river, family, and sunshine.
At meal time, we fellowship after a long day of work, recap our experiences, express our thankfulness, and enjoy a healthy meal together. But since our work days are so long, I can't spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing the next meal. Instead, I plan ahead with foods that cook by themselves while I'm working — like with solar cooking… and marinades.
Our marinades are generally very nutritious and healthy anyway, but today I'm sharing 3 recipes with extra flavor from essential oils. (Skip the essential oils if you're uncomfortable ingesting them.) Because the essential oils are most likely heated during grilling, I'm uncertain which health benefits remain.
Marinades work their magic while you're busy elsewhere, so they're perfect for those long days out of the house. Usually, we make shish kabob marinades. They marinate all day and then we grill at the end of the day.
What are kabobs? They are small pieces of seafood or meat — marinated for several hours — then skewered along with vegetables (like tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, zucchini, and mushrooms), seasoned, and grilled.
Now let's get to my essential summer marinades! Mix one up, then marinate your seafood or meat chunks in it all day in the refrigerator. If you are in and out of the house, rotate the meat in it a few times during the day. In the evening, skewer them with an assortment of veggies and grill. And of course, enjoy!
Chili Lime Shish Kabob Marinade
Recommended for shrimp.
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons raw honey or organic sucanat
- 2 tablespoons water
- 8 drops lime essential oil (or lime juice)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon grass, minced
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon chili flakes
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger
Lime essential oil has a fresh, lively fragrance that's both stimulating and refreshing. Aromatically, lime oil is helpful in overcoming exhaustion, depression, and listlessness. Internally, lime oil is great for colds, fevers, energy, purification, and sore throats — just to name a few.
Indian Shish Kabob Marinade
Recommended for chicken.
- 1 cup plain whole yogurt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 drop of cinnamon or clove essential oil (or dried cinnamon or clove to taste)
Cinnamon essential oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, light antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, immune stimulant, purifier, sexual stimulant, and it's warming. Now I know why I feel so good when I am making these kabobs and my pumpkin pies in the fall. 🙂
Clove essential oil is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, strong antiseptic, anti-tumor, antiviral, disinfectant, antioxidant, and immune stimulant. Apply to a toothache for instant numbing affects.
Sweet and Sour Shish Kabob Marinade
Recommended for pork.
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup organic sucanat, packed
- 1/2 cup naturally fermented soy sauce
- 8 drops orange essential oil (or orange juice or dried orange peel, to taste)
Orange essential oil is calming and uplifting to the mind and body. It has anti-cancer, anti-depressant, antiseptic, and anti-spasmodic properties. It aids in digestion, and is a sedative and a tonic. Finally, it is often used for bronchitis, colds, to help appetite, complexion, digestive system, fevers, flu, to lower high cholesterol, mouth ulcers, muscle soreness, obesity, sedation, tissue repair, water retention, and wrinkles. (I'm excited about that last one!)
These are just a few of our marinades. Click here for more marinade recipes, including a Honey Lime Fruit Dip.
What's your favorite marinade for kabobs?
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You are responsible for your own health and for the use of any remedies, treatments, or medications you use at home.
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