These tasty kebabs feature marinated onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, tofu, and tempeh slathered in a zesty sauce. Use your favorite sauces or make your own. The Vegetarians in Paradise website offers this dish and provides appetizers, entrees, and dessert ideas... everything you’ll need to make your backyard barbecue a fireworks feeding frenzy.
1 lb. extra firm tofu
1 lb. tempeh
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 large onions
1 lb. button mushrooms, washed
2 -3 large fresh mangos
Teriyaki sauce (try this recipe)
BBQ sauce (try this recipe)
2 large carrots, coarsely shredded
sprig of mint Directions:
Cut tofu and tempeh into 1-inch cubes and set aside in separate bowls.
Cut bell peppers into 1½ -inch squares and onions into large wedges; set aside.
Cut mangos in half vertically; cut each half into three strips lengthwise and trim off skin; cut mangos into 1-inch chunks.
Thread vegetables, mangos, tofu, and tempeh onto skewers or arrange some skewers alternating tofu and tempeh and some with just vegetables.
Pour Teriyaki sauce into large, shallow baking dish and place skewers into sauce; turning to coat evenly; marinate for 6-8 hours or overnight.
To barbecue, place skewers on grill and use tongs to turn them every few minutes as they cook, about 8-12 minutes.
During the last 2 minutes of grilling, brush skewers with barbecue sauce.
To serve, place shredded carrots on large serving platter, arrange skewers over carrots, and garnish with sprig of fresh mint. Makes 6 servings.
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