To Grill / Honey Ginger Kebabs

 
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     Good morning! For my second and last Asian-inspired recipe of Spring (the quickest season here - it's already consistently 85-90+ degrees every day), I decided to work with a new-to-me ingredient - ginger! Obviously, I've had ginger-flavored things before, but I've never used it myself. Seeing as it's a prevalent flavor in many Asian dishes, now seemed as good a time as any to try it out! Using Half Baked Harvest's recipe for a honey-ginger glaze for salmon, I whipped up my own glaze for chicken kebabs instead, as chicken is the favored protein in my house (I like salmon now, but am generally outnumbered by Brett and Bailey on this subject). Post-grilling, I de-skewered the chicken, onions, and peppers, and combined them with quinoa, mango, and more sauce. It was the perfect bright lunch for my Friday! Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients: Honey Ginger Glaze

- 1 tablespoon sesame oil

- 2/3 cup of honey

- 2 tbs. of sambal oelek

- 2 tbs. soy sauce

- 1 in piece of peeled ginger, minced

- juice of one lime

Ingredients: Kebab Bowl

- 2 small chicken tenderloins

- a few slices of red pepper and onion, chopped

- 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

- 1/4 cup of diced mango

- 1/2 cup of Honey Ginger Glaze

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Directions:

1. Whisk together all ingredients for glaze and set aside.

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2. Skewer your chicken, peppers, and onions while grill heats up. Then baste kebabs with glaze and grill. 

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3. Remove from grill and baste again. 

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4. Prepare your bowl: combine quinoa with grilled meat, peppers, and onions. 

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5. Top with mango and more glaze.

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7. Enjoy!

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday! We'll see you back here next week for our first recipe inspired by (you guessed it) Italy! 

To Make a Cocktail, Pt. 2

 

     What you see above is golden. This beautiful drink is a Ginger Whiskey Cider, and it tastes as good as it looks! I know cider season is pretty much over, but they still had it at the store, and it's delicious any time of the year, so I went with it. I'm glad I did, because I love anything that comes out looking like honey. This drink would be perfect to make as a big batch in punch form, for a holiday party or what have you. The ginger adds a nice little bite to the sweet cider and whiskey. That's what always gets me with whiskey, why I don't drink it often. It's the sweetness. Add cider, ginger beer, and orange bitters though, and I've got myself a tidy little cocktail. Even though it's not a toddy, it'll warm you up like one. That's a perk of whiskey or bourbon, regardless of their taste. For a seasonal drink, I figured this one was perfect!

Ingredients: yields one cocktail

- a shot of apple cider whiskey

- a shot of ginger beer

- one cup of apple cider, chilled

- two shakes of bitters

Instructions:

- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake. Pour over ice and enjoy!