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Grilled Citrus-Marinated Steak and Watermelon Kabobs

This post is in partnership with Cargill Beef.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer for many. The kids are out of school, if not already, everyone’s mowing their grass and doing yard work and grilling becomes almost a nightly occurrence. These grilled citrus-marinated steak and watermelon kabobs are fresh and flavorful and the perfect recipe for a hot summer’s night (Maybe the 4th of July?!)

I never grill without letting my meat marinate. It’s a must! It adds so much flavor and the combination herbs, oils, dressings and fresh juices are endless.

This marinade consists of orange juice, zest, paprika and fresh cilantro.

Steak and Fruit Kabobs

Everything is better on a stick, right?

(Have you ever been to the Iowa State Fair? All of the yummy food is on a stick! Well, and not so yummy. Deep fried butter on a stick would not be my favorite.)

You could even add some veggies to these and then you’d have your whole meal on a kabob!

Citrus Marinated Steak and Fruit Kabobs

Have you ever grilled fruit before? It’s delicious. Feel free to use any fruit you have on hand in place of the watermelon. Grilled peaches are my favorite!

Citrus Marinated Beef and Watermelon Kabobs

Grilled Citrus-Marinated Steak and Watermelon Kabobs
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak boneless from Sam’s Club, cut 1-inch thick
  • 1 medium orange
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plums
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Grate peel, and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef steak into 1-¼-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-½ tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  2. Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers, leaving a small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.
  3. Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once. 4. Season beef with salt, as desired. Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs.

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Chicken and Noodles Meal After Birth, Sickness or Death

This past year I’ve had several opportunities to join a “meal train” for those in my community and family who have experienced a birth, adoption and a death. After those life-changing events, the last thing someone wants to worry about is what to feed their family. Finding meals that are easy to make, travel well and is something most people like can be challenging.

Here is a chicken and noodles “support meal” idea complete with links to all of the recipes.

Chicken and Noodles Meal to bring after baby, sickness or death.

Chicken and Noodles with Mashed Potatoes – I don’t usually follow a recipe, but this Pioneer Woman chicken and noodle recipe is very similar to what I make. However, I just cook bone-in chicken breasts in the slow cooker prior to making the recipe. Bone-in chicken breasts are inexpensive and I can purchase them for less than $1.00/lb. I make homemade noodles from this recipe or you can use Reames.

Asian SaladThis asian salad has become a part of all of our family get togethers. Everyone loves it and it doesn’t just go with asian style food. It travels easiest if you place the crunchies and salad in separate baggies and leave the dressing on the side.

Snickers dip – This is another fan favorite recipe that is easy to make ahead of time. It is also delicious with Heath bars in place of Snickers.

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes with Feta, Bacon and Avocado

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes with Feta, Bacon and Avocado

I make a lot of sweet potatoes because my kids will (surprisingly) eat them and they are a good source of fiber and vitamins. There are so many fun ways to incorporate sweet potatoes in your diet like this baked sweet potato bar where the kids can choose a variety of different healthy toppings.

One of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes are these delicious spicy sweet potato cakes, which are perfect for entertaining. Red pepper flakes give these potato cakes a spicy kick (you could even add sriracha for extra spicyness). The feta adds the perfect touch of saltiness and the bacon adds a crunch. The finishing touches of avocado and Greek yogurt add a bit of creaminess.

To view the full recipe, visit my post on Litehouse foods! Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes with Bacon, Feta and Avocado.

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes with Feta, Bacon and Avocado. (So delicious!)