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Cooking 101: Build-Your-Own BBQ

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Cooking 101 finishes its run with this show. Host Toni Martinez demonstrates how to make a simple meal perfect for a graduation party: fruit salad and chicken kabobs. Both dishes can be completely customized to your personal taste. Toni recommends getting your guests to help you build them so that everyone has a chance to put a personal spin on the recipe.

Fruit Salad

Serves 4
1 apple
1 banana
1 small package of blueberries
1 orange (membrane removed), cut into wedges
15 strawberries (sliced lengthwise)
zest of half an orange
1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 sprigs of mint
1/2 lemon, juiced, to stop oxidation of banana & apple

Combine all fruit in a large bowl. Mix yogurt and orange zest in a separate bowl. Add yogurt to fruit, mixing until yogurt just covers all pieces of fruit.

Chicken & Veggie Kabobs

Serves 4
3 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 orange bell pepper
1/2 red onion
20 button mushrooms, stems removed
1 bottle light balsamic vinaigrette
salt/pepper to taste
1 package wooden skewers

Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to barbecuing to prevent catching them on fire.

Chop chicken, bell peppers, and onions into large pieces. Add vegetables to skewers as desired. Place assembled kabobs into a plastic bag and add the vinaigrette. Marinate in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours.

Remove kabobs from marinade and place on barbecue. Add salt and pepper if needed. Cook until chicken is tender but not pink inside.

  • Adding kabobs marinade can really enhance the meal. Also, keep the meat marinade separate from the vegetable marinade to avoid any unpleasantness later on…