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Warm Weather is Finally Here! BBQ Time!

on 04/30/2013

Happy Tuesday! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s finally warm enough to go outside without a parka.

I don’t know what it is, but I’m still a tad fearful we’re going to launch into yet another winter storm – although it IS the last day of April so that better not happen.

When Springtime calls I have a hard time staying indoors. I need to work outside, work out outside and always have to do dinners on the BBQ. Lately I’ve been trying out some different recipes and marinade and just wanted to share a couple.

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First off, I’m not sure if you’ve been to Target in Canada yet. There’s been a lot of mixed reviews on the store but personally I really like it. Lots of great, low priced items – I got a fantastic set of organic cotton sheets that feel like heaven for only $50, and you can’t go wrong with sheets. Anyway, check out the marinades from Archer Farms in the grocery section. So far I’ve only tried the Five-Spice Teriyaki but it was amazing (unfortunately so amazing because there’s so much sodium in those guys!)

 

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The other marinade I’ve tried out lately and really love is the Broil King Perfect Steak Marinade. Again, a store-bought marinade (I believe I bought this one at Canadian Tire). I tend to add a little garlic to this one and we have a hard time enjoying steak without goat cheese these days but this marinade always makes a delicious flavoured steak

 

 

 

If you’re more interested in a homemade marinade, I always love a good souvlaki marinade. This can be used on chicken, steak or pork and tastes delicious with some greek potatoes!

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Juice of 1-2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium onions (yellow or red), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 pounds of chicken, beef or pork
Skewers (if using bamboo skewers remember to soak them first!)

Mix the lemon, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and oregano together. Add the meat, onions and peppers, stir to coat. Refrigerate 2-3 hours. Preheat your grill to medium heat. Thread your pork, peppers and onions onto the skewers. Lightly oil your grill (you can buy great grilling oil pads at Canadian Tire), cook for 10-15 minutes or to desired doneness, turning skewers for even cooking.

You can also omit the onions and green peppers for a more traditional souvlaki. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce. Again, so delicious with greek potatoes, salad (always extra feta!) and for an extra-delicious treat, some saganaki. Well, now I’m starving so time to find some  snacks! Until next time 🙂

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