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Quick, Easy and Low Fat Recipe: Chicken Sausage Kabobs

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low fat summer dinnerTasty kabobs make an excellent summer treat, and they're so easy to make you can enjoy them on your own or as part of a huge July 4th celebration. Unfortunately traditional steak kabobs can be high in sodium, fat, and cholesterol. Instead, try this low fat recipe for chicken sausage kabobs. To begin, you need:

  • 12-ounce package of chicken sausage (ideally garlic-flavored)
  • 2 bell peppers (red and yellow)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 scallions
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Quick and Easy Recipe Step-by-Step

Cut your chicken sausage into 1-inch pieces and your peppers and onion into chunks. Then preheat your grill to medium high and soak eight 8-inch skewers in water for at least 15 minutes. For the couscous, simply follow the directions on the label.

Next, mix the bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, and sausage in a bowl with 1 Tbsp olive oil. You can add salt and pepper to taste, but remember the more salt you use the less healthy this recipe becomes. Place each of the ingredients on the skewers, alternating pieces of sausage with vegetables. Begin grilling your skewers for around 6-7 minutes (until the vegetables have begun to soften and the sausage has started to brown). Turn the skewers periodically.

As the skewers cook, grab a blender to puree the parsley, cilantro, and scallions with 2 Tbsp olive oil, the vinegar, and 2 Tbsp water. Again, you can add salt and pepper to taste. Once that mixture is done, brush some of it onto the skewers and continue cooking and turning them for another 6-7 minutes. You know they're done when the sausage is charred and the tomatoes are tender.

Mix the couscous with the remaining pesto puree and serve it with your kabobs. If any pesto remains, then leave it out for dipping. Finally, enjoy your delicious meal without worry since each serving only has 396 calories, 2g saturated fat (13g total fat), 24g of protein, and 5g of fiber.

About Our Savvy Advisor: Laura Horwitz

Savvy Advisor: Laura Horwitz Having lived in North America, Europe, and Africa, Laura has sampled fresh cooking and unique ingredients around the world. Now you can find her scouring farmers markets and specialty stores in Los Angeles for the sweetest, ripest, and most delicious flavors. While she tries to follow a healthy diet, she confesses to having a definite sweet tooth, and therefore remains vigilante about finding healthier ways to prepare her favorite foods.