So I signed my kids up for swimming lessons this summer. My 5 year old daughter is like a fish- she loves it! My 3 year old was so excited to start and on the first day of lessons, he took off running towards the pool and jumped in- completely unattended. Unfortunately, the water was over his head and he kept his mouth open, giving him a mouth full of that lovely chlorinated water. One of the teachers was in the pool and was able to grab him right after he jumped in, but the damage had already been done. Needless to say, he is terrified of swimming lessons and cries when it's time to go. So for now, I have pulled him out of his class and will just try again next year.
Other than that, our summer has been a blast! We love the warm weather and playing outside. We also love to eat outside and I am always on the lookout for delicious grilling recipes. Shish-kabobs were always one of my favorite meals growing up because I thought it was so fun to eat things on a stick. My kids love eating food on a stick as much as I do- even the vegetables! This recipe is one of my favorites for a quick and easy chicken marinade. You just can't go wrong with grilled food.
Grilled Island Chicken Kabobs
2-4 chicken breasts, cut into large bite-size pieces
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons if want want to use fresh juice)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large red onion, cut into large chunks
1 large green pepper, cut into large chunks
1 pineapple, cut into large chunks (you can also used canned pineapple chunks, but I love fresh!)
Combine vegetable oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large ziploc bag. Place chicken in bag and make sure all pieces are covered. Put chicken in fridge and let marinate for at least 3 hours (I think that it tastes best when you let it marinate for 8-12 hours- I always try to make it first thing when I wake up in the morning for dinner that night).
If using wooden skewers, let your skewers soak in water for at 15-30 minutes to prevent burning. Skewer chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple on your sticks until you run out of ingredients.
Turn on grill to medium heat. Place skewers on grill and cook for 7-8 minutes per side or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle (if using a meat thermometer, make sure it registers 165 degrees).
Remove from grill and serve!
Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
Looking for more grilled chicken recipes?
Here are some of my favorites: