Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowl

"This grilled shrimp grain bowl is packed with the fresh flavors of summer grilling. Hearty grains are tossed with an herb citrus vinaigrette then topped with grilled shrimp, bell pepper, zucchini, pineapple, and avocado. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh herbs for an inspired summer grain bowl you’ll be coming back to all season long."

Renee Nicole's Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

Skewers – mini bell peppers – zucchini – pineapple – ripe avocado – peeled and deveined large shrimp* – high heat oil such as avocado or grapeseed – Salt – Pepper – Old Bay Seasoning (optional)

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INGREDIENTS

Herb Citrus Vinaigrette – olive oil – lime juice – mandarin juice – minced shallot – minced leafy green herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, etc) – dijon mustard – pinch of salt Grains – whole grains, prepared according to package directions

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Yield

4  SERVINGS

prep time

15 MINUTES

total time

25 MINUTES

COOK TIME

Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowls

10 MINUTES

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Instructions

1. Prepare four servings of your grain of choice according to the package directions.

Prepare the Grains

1. Chop off tops of peppers and remove the seeds. Place 4 mini peppers per skewer.

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2. Chop zucchini into 1" rounds and slide onto skewers.

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3. Remove the peel from the pineapple and chop into wedges. Chop wedges into chunks and place on skewers.*

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4. Cut avocado in half, removing peel and seed.

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5. *Arrange shrimp on skewers, making sure the shrimp are touching, but not crowded.

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6. Starting with the fruit or veggies and finishing with the shrimp to avoid cross contamination, brush all sides of every skewer with high heat cooking oil.

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7. Season the veggie skewers with salt and pepper. I highly recommend the old bay seasoning for the shrimp, pineapple, and avocado, but you can use just salt and/or pepper if you prefer.

Prepare the skewers, one type of vegetable, fruit, shrimp per skewer:

1. In a small mixing bowl or dressing bottle (a small canning jar works well) combine together the olive oil, lime juice, mandarin juice, minced shallot, minced herbs, dijon mustard, and salt. Whisk or shake to mix completely.

Prepare the Herbed Citrus Vinaigrette

1. Grill the skewers over direct, medium high heat. Flip all skewers half way through the grilling time to ensure even cooking. The avocado is grilled on the cut side only.

Grill the Skewers

2. The following times are estimates and should be adjusted as needed: Bell Peppers - 4 minutes per side, Zucchini - 4 minutes per side, Shrimp - 2 - 5 minutes per side (depending on size), Pineapple - 3 minutes per side, Avocado - 4 minutes.

Grill the Skewers

1. Toss the cooked grain with about half of the vinaigrette.

Assemble the Grain Bowls

2. Serve shrimp and veggies on skewers for a buffet, remove veggies from skewers and place in serving bowls for a family style gathering, or assemble the grain bowls and serve plated.

Assemble the Grain Bowls

3. Start with grains, top with shrimp, fruit, and veggies, then add additional vinaigrette if desired. Garnish with additional chopped herbs.

Assemble the Grain Bowls

Serve with my Homemade Strawberry Shortcake for dessert!

Enjoy!

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