Today is National Something on a Stick Day. It’s a hilariously named holiday to celebrate all foods served on sticks. A lot of foods on sticks are unhealthy. There are lollipops, ice creams, corndogs, deep-fried cheese, roasted marshmallows and more. Maybe it’s because skewers are portable and lend themselves to unhealthy carnival foods people can eat while exploring the fairgrounds. However, kabobs can be a nutritious and delicious food on a stick.
Today, we’re celebrating National Something on a Stick Day with vegetarian kabobs that are tasty and fun and won’t derail your health goals.
We love these kabobs. They have a mix of traditional veggies and pineapple for a sharp sweetness. They have a delicious marinade that the ingredients soak in for at least an hour. You can marinate overnight. We recommend marinating for at least four hours so the sauce can really soak into the tofu. Serve the skewers with peanut sauce, and you’ll be delighted. A serving has 73 calories, eight grams of carbs, one gram of fiber and three grams of fat. Get the recipe.
Halloumi is a cheese that is gaining popularity in the U.S. It’s from Cyprus and made from a mix of goat and sheep’s milk. It doesn’t melt easily, so it can be cooked in place of meat. It’s creamy and salty. It is quite high in calories and fat, but that might not be a concern if it’s your main course. You won’t miss meat while enjoying these delicious skewers marinated in Italian flavors. A serving has 370 calories, 9.9 grams of carbs, 2.6 grams of fiber and 31 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
We love this classic skewer for its simplicity. You marinate with soy sauce and dress with bbq sauce. Unlike the other recipes with many ingredients, you probably already have most of the ingredients for this in your cupboard. You just need to buy tofu and veggies. There’s no need for a trip down the spice aisle. That makes it inexpensive and easy! It’s tasty while being uncomplicated. A serving has 118.8 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 1.8 grams of fiber and 5.3 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
This skewer is made with tempeh. That’s an ingredient we don’t use often. It’s a brick of whole soybeans that is chewy and nutty. It has more body and flavor than tofu. For this recipe, it has to be prepared before use to remove some bitterness. But we recommend trying it if you’ve never had it. It’s always great to try new types of protein and have more options! This recipe also has instructions for a delicious yogurt sauce. A serving has 345 calories, 21.4 grams of carbs, 9.6 grams of fiber and 20.7 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
With these four recipes, you can celebrate National Something on a Stick Day without reaching for anything deep-fried or batter-dipped. You’ll be thrilled you did!