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I am having a really hard time believing that this is the last weekend of summer before Labor Day Weekend. It is crazy how fast summer has gone by. Although the kids are already in school, it’s a strange feeling to be half in summer still and half in school mode. Labor Day is one of those holidays where you just know that the seasons are changing again… and you want to make the most of the last summer fling. Labor Day is also a massive traditional BBQ feast. This year, I’m planning a recipe that is a little un-traditional for our BBQ. A Mediterranean BBQ, full of fabulous meats, veggies and some tasty Mediterranean touches like tzatziki sauce and pita bread.
When I think BBQ, I think of shopping at Smart & Final, mostly because I know I can find everything I need in one place. When cooking for my family, I tend to need a combination of bulk items and singular items and it’s hard to find both at most stores. Big box stores give you too much, regular grocery stores don’t always have big enough packages so I end up having to buy 2 or 3 of the same thing. Hate that!
Smart & Final is also one of those stores that you can find the strangest combination of things. David and I ran into S&F last night because we needed one of those flame ignitors for the BBQ and I figured S&F would have it because, well… they have everything. Then, when we were there, we picked up a pack of teaspoons. Yes… teaspoons. Not plastic ones, the metal ones. Because we are always grinding up our spoons when they fall down the disposal and I turn it on not realizing something is down there. Come on, I know you’ve grinded up a spoon or two
Anyway, I ended up shopping for the ingredients for the BBQ at the NEW Smart & Final in San Fernando. New stores are awesome and this one opened August 20th. I’m telling you… it was PACKED when I went. I’ve never seen so many shoppers in one store – it was awesome.
The store is an “Extra” which means they have everything you could possibly want… an awesome produce department, full on meat department, dairy, paper goods, baked goods, liquor. It’s overwhelming how much you can find that you don’t even know you need.
What I was really impressed with was the hot, rotisserie chickens they had. This was the first time I’ve seen a Smart & Final have these and I picked one up for dinner. BEST store bought rotisserie chicken I’ve ever had. Seriously!
So, I purchased everything I needed (and some stuff I didn’t) and was getting pretty excited for my Mediterranean meal.
We love Mediterranean food, so I always try and figure out ways to incorporate some of the flavors into everything I cook.
Ingredients: 1 package Cattleman’s Finest London Broil (you can use any type of steak you like) 1 package First Street chicken breasts red bell peppers green bell peppers yellow onions 2 lemons 4 tbs olive oil bunch of fresh dill 1 cucumber 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
Prepare the tzatziki sauce first since you want it to sit and blend flavors in the refrigerator all day. Take half of the cucumber, peel and chop very fine. Add to the 2 cups of Greek yogurt. Zest the 2 lemons and add the zest to the yogurt mixture. Add the juice of one of the lemons. Chop us the fresh dill very fine (about 3 tbsp) and add that as well. You can use dried dill, but trust me, the fresh is going to taste SO much better. Mix all ingredients together, cover and let sit in the refrigerator.
After the tzatziki sauce is done and in the fridge, prepare the meat and veggies. This will take only moments. I used a london broil and sliced the meat up thin. You can use ready-packaged thin strips of beef, or any cut of meat you prefer. Chicken, turkey, and lamb are all great choices.
Do the same with the vegetables. Cut up thin strips of peppers and onions, or any other vegetables you love. Other great choices are eggplant and zucchini.
Once everything is cut up, you’re going to make the marinade. Blend the oil, juice of the second lemon and about an additional 3 tbs of the fresh dill. Divide and pour over the meat and the veggies. The flavor will be strong so you don’t need to completely soak everything. A light dressing will do. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
After a day (or overnight) of marinating in the fridge, take out the meat and veggies and get ready to grill. Always make sure you preheat your grill so that everything will cook evenly. Now, you can probably figure out that the sliced meat and veggies can’t just be put on the grill as-is. That wouldn’t make for a very tasty dinner. What I do is use a fish or veggie pan that goes directly on the grill but won’t allow anything to fall through the cracks. I spray it with a little spray oil just so nothing sticks and then I make sure everything is laid out evenly. Time to grill.
The food isn’t going to take very long to cook since it’s all sliced pretty thin and small. Keep an eye on your grill so as not to burn anything. My grill cooked everything in about 5 minutes. I told you it would be fast.
This is about the simplest meal when you are having company over for Labor Day… or any day. Everything can be prepared ahead of time, and even the day before, so all you have to do is fire up the grill, cook everything for a few minutes and then EAT.
I served the meat and veggies with the tzatziki sauce and some fresh pita bread. You can also add rice if you like.Tasty, simple and super healthy. It’s a win-win!
Enjoy your holiday!
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