"It takes just seconds to stir up this delicious marinade, which flavors the beef and veggies wonderfully," confirms Candy Vander Waal of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. "Marinate the meat a few hours or overnight-whatever suits your schedule."
Convenience foods make this hearty entree a snap to prepare. Purchased meatballs are easy to thread onto skewers. And since they're precooked, you just need to grill the kabobs until the fresh veggies are tender. Basting with bottled barbecue sauce adds fast flavor.
-Shawn Solley, Lawton, Oklahoma
My grandmother's homemade marinade adds tang and tenderness to these beefy kabobs. Her blend of herbs and spices punches up the flavor without adding lots of calories. —Jennifer Shaw, Dorchester, Massachusetts
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, pineapple chunks and stew meat are basted with a simple marinade from Gerri Layo of Massena, New York. "These kabobs can be assembled ahead, so they're ideal for family get-togethers," she writes. "They're a delicious alternative to hot dogs and hamburgers."
Here's an easy entree that's sure to get mustard lovers all fired up. Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia relies on the tangy condiment to season these beefy skewers. A bit of the no-fuss sauce is set aside for dipping.
A bottle of sesame-ginger dressing makes this amazing dish doable on a weeknight. You can broil the beef, too, but we live in the South where people grill pretty much all year long. My pine-appley slaw and rice finish off the dinner. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
"Teens like assembling these creative kabobs almost as much as they like devouring them," says Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois. The whole family is sure to love the sensational Southwestern flavor of this twist on beef shish kabobs.