Memorial Day Simple Summer BBQ

Colleen Cappon
May 27, 2016

Memorial Day is upon us, and in addition to honoring our veterans, we all know that this holiday weekend usually includes a cookout. Often backyard barbeques make us abandon our healthy eating habits when we’re surrounded by fatty meats and sides weighed down with mayonnaise, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Well-Being Hawaii shared a simple summer barbeque menu with our friends Taizo Braden and Trini Kaopuiki at Living 808 that is easy on your waistline and your wallet, and is sure to impress your guests.

Fresh Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Vegetable Kabobs

These kabobs are perfect for cutting your kitchen time by marinating ahead. You can even assemble them the night before so all you have to do is throw them on the grill!

1 lb. medium or large shrimp, unpeeled, deveined (thawed if frozen)

2 large summer squash, large cubes

2 red onion, large wedges

1 pint cherry tomatoes

3 bell pepper, cut into chunks

Kabob skewers (if wooden, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)

Cooking spray


½ cup olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons

1 Tbs. dried oregano

1 Tbs. chopped garlic

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Place shrimp in gallon size plastic freezer bag. Whisk together marinade ingredients in small bowl and add to shrimp, refrigerate bag at least 4 hours or overnight. 

After marinating, skewer shrimp and vegetables alternately on wooden kabob sticks, 2-3 shrimp per skewer. 

Spray grill rack will cooking spray and grill kabobs until shrimp are pink on outside and opaque in center, about four minutes per side.

Makes 12 kabobs.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

You might not think grilling and lettuce go together, but this simple salad is a cinch to make and has a tasty summer flavor. 

2 hearts of romaine

2 Tbs. Shaved parmesan cheese

¼ cup croutons


¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tbs. chopped garlic

2 Tbs. non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Slice romaine hearts lengthwise, in half. Place halved hearts flat side down on a pre-heated grill sprayed with cooking oil. Grill 4 minutes, or until char marks appear.

Whisk first three dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, then whisk in Greek yogurt until incorporated and creamy. Drizzle over plated romaine hearts, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and croutons.

Serves 4. 

Banana ‘Ice Cream’  

Ripe bananas aren’t just for banana bread anymore! Freeze and throw them in the blender for this frozen treat that no one will believe is low calorie! A toppings bar will be a hit with the kids. 

3 bananas, peeled, chunked, frozen 

Optional toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, sliced strawberries

Place frozen bananas in blender, pulse until they combine into a creamy consistency. Add toppings and serve immediately for a soft-serve taste, or put in the freezer for an hour for firmer texture. 

Makes 3 servings.

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