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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 7, Day 2

Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs with Minted Yogurt
Summer Couscous

Cooking time: 45 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Another summer barbecue classic: Kebabs (or Kebobs).  They can be made with chicken, beef, pork or seafood but the true classic is Lamb.  I broke with tradition by making a simple, minted yogurt sauce rather than the traditional Tzatziki with cucumbers.  Serve the kebabs on couscous for an easy summer dinner.  The kebabs can be assembled first, then marinated, getting all the prep for the dinner out of the way early. Reserve a bit of each pepper half for the couscous.

Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Total time: 45 minutes
   It does look nice to have the meat and vegetable on the same skewers - and you can do that if you partially pre-cook the vegetables.  I prefer to do it all on the grill, and, as the different foods have different cooking times, arranging them on the skewers accordingly.  Serve on a bed of Summer Couscous, Minted Sauce on the side.

Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Yogurt Dipping Sauce                  Time: 5 minutes  

yogurt sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Summer Couscous

Total time: 15 minutes  
   Couscous is not a grain but a tiny semolina 'pasta'.  What is normally available is a pre-cooked product to which we just add boiling water or stock... making it very quick, perfect for summer, or anytime!

Summer Couscous Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, whisk, small bowl, deep, large bowl,
medium bowl with lid or plate, small saucepan,
small skillet, skewers, barbecue grill and tools
Soak skewers if wood
Make marinade in large bowl
Cut meat, add to marinade
Trim mushrooms, add to marinade
Cut zucchini, add to marinade, reserve 1/4 cup
Cut peppers, add to marinade, reserve 1/4 cup
Cut onion, add to marinade, set aside
     Can be made ahead to this point - up to 4 hours

Light/turn on barbecue grill
Make yogurt sauce
Chop pepper, zucchini for couscous, put in bowl
Add couscous to pepper, zucchini
Heat stock for couscous
Make vegetable skewers
Make meat skewers
Pour stock over couscous, peppers, zucchini, cover
Start to cook vegetable skewers
Cut cherry tomatoes for couscous, set aside
Move vegetables off direct heat
Start to cook meat skewers
Finish couscous, arrange on platter
Remove skewers and serve, yogurt sauce on side