Today I am featuring a post by guest blogger, Shaye. (Check out her blog, Simply Shaye here) Shaye was kind enough to come up with a recipe round-up for National Something On a Stick Day. (Mark your calendars, it’s March 28th!) I can’t wait to try out these fun, food on a stick recipes! Enjoy!!
Celebrating the Simple, Portable Food On A Stick
I’ve been caught off-guard by many a food-related holiday recently. Did you know World Nutella Day is February 5? And International Pancake Day was March 4 this year? Well, I didn’t know about either until photos popped up on my Instagram feed of people celebrating in many delicious ways!
So, I figured I’d be prepared for the next big food holidays to come along. We made apple pie on Pi Day (3/14) last week, and coming up soon is “Something on A Stick” Day! This is right up my alley, because it seems like I’m making kebabs on the grill for dinner three or four times a week during summers. My son, William, loves to help in skewering them and I love how easy they are to serve and eat – no silverware necessary! A thing of beauty.
I’m pretty well-known around the neighborhood for bringing food on a stick to our little get-togethers, so I figured I’d expand my repertoire. Here are a few of the great ideas I’ve found, just in the past week or so:
1. Grilled Coconut Sweet Potato Kebabs (Pic and recipe by Family Fresh Cooking)
We love sweet potato fries here in our household – my son can go through a whole bag in a week. So we broke out this recipe to try making our own sweet potato sides, minus all the salt and preservatives in the pre-packaged products. The coconut is such a great touch, and we used greek yogurt to serve as a dip along side it time. I may also try roasting them with a dusting of cinnamon and some raw sugar for a desert treat!
2. Frozen Grapes on a Stick
These almost seem like a no-brainer, and I can’t believe I didn’t think of them before. William goes nuts over them, and they’re so easy! I’d much rather they eat frozen fruits in the summertime than those sugary freeze-pops all his friends love so much. Paired with some frozen bananas, we dipped them in chocolate and skewered them on sticks over the weekend. These are perfect cool-down snacks.
3. Donut Hole Breakfast Skewers To-Go! (Pic and Recipe By ValSoCal)
Before I get lectures about the sugar and carb content of these, I’d like to preface that we made these before my son’s first weekend football practice of the season – he and his friends definitely burned off all those calories and then some. I added some bites of sausage to these skewers for protein, which made them just the ticket. In the past, I’ve made something similar to this with cantaloupe melon pieces instead of blackberries. When I make them again, I’ll probably substitute in whatever fruit we have around the house – banana, pears, or even apples, depending what I have.
4. Tandoori-Grilled Vegetables (Pic and Recipe by Veggie Belly)
Can’t forget the veggies! I’m so glad my boy isn’t a picky eaters; he will try just about anything when we try new cuisine in our local restaurants. Willy devoured these tandoori grilled skewers, and we’ll be using the same marinade on some chicken and beef later this week.
5. Cake Pops, The Classic (Recipe by
I had never even attempted to make cake pops, assuming that I needed a special cake pop maker or baking mold to do it right. I didn’t realize they were just cake, mixed with cream cheese frosting and re-shaped! (I bet if you wanted to cut down on some of the sugar content, you could probably use straight cream cheese… hmmm…) We had a great time making these together (mostly because I put down a layer of newspaper before we busted out all the ingredients, for easy cleanup). We made chocolate cake with white chocolate icing, very similar to the recipe featured at the link above. It made for a great evening activity after school.