Yummy Soy Shish Kabobs

soy, shish kabobs, tofu, grilled vegetables, soy food month

The season is starting to heat up and it’s almost time to fire up your grill. If you’re in the mood for grilled meal, we’ve found a great recipe for you! It’s soy shish kabobs! They’re not only delicious and healthy—they’re also the perfect way to celebrate Soy Food Month.

Soy-based foods are made from soybeans, a very versatile legume. These products are a lifesaver for vegan, vegetarians, and other people with dietary restrictions. Today, you can find a soy-based substitute for practically everything, including flour, milk, yogurt, burgers, and ice cream. So, it’s probably no surprise that soy-based foods have their own month of recognition. The Mindful Living Network has decided to celebrate with a Thai-flavored recipe.

This grilled Thai kabob is made with extra firm tofu and vegetables, but if you aren’t a big fan of tofu, you can easily use another soy product. Brands such as Beyond Meat, Boca, Gardenburger, and MorningStar Farms sell a variety of yummy foods that you can use for your kabobs, such as “chicken” strips, “sausages,” and “riblets.” To make a delicious soy kabob, check out the recipe listed below.

 

Thai Grilled Tofu & Vegetables Shish Kabob

(recipe from Nancy Montuori at Ordinary Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu, cut into large chunks

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 inches ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 large lime, squeezed of juice
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, chopped (depending on heat – add one, taste and add more if you want more heat) or jalapeno
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

Vegetables

  • 16 white or brown mushrooms
  • 1 portablella mushroom, cut into four pieces
  • 1 Asian eggplant, cut into large chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into large chunks
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a food processor. Mix until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade over tofu and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 to 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Alternatively, thread the red pepper, mushrooms, eggplant, onion, and tomatoes onto the skewers.
  5. Whisk olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Brush mixture over vegetables.
  6. Remove tofu from the marinade and thread onto the wooden skewers. Reserve the marinade.
  7. Cook skewers on the preheated grill, occasionally turning until the vegetables are tender and the tofu has nice golden brown grill marks and color.
  8. Meanwhile, heat the reserved marinade and drizzle over tofu and vegetables.