Herb Butter Veggie Skewers + Quinoa
Why we love it:
- 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
- 1 Lemon (zest and juice)
- 1⁄2 bunch Fresh Parsley
- Rosemary (fresh, 2 sprigs)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground, divided)
- 1 Zucchini
- 1 Bell Pepper (Orange, Yellow or Red) (boneless, skinless)
- 1 Portobello Mushroom
- 1 head Cauliflower
- 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 2 cups Water
If you have time to let the butter come to room temperature, do that. Otherwise, microwave it in short bursts so that it becomes soft but doesn't melt.
In a small bowl, stir together the lemon zest and juice, ½ bunch chopped fresh parsley, 2 sprigs chopped fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
Slice the veggies into 1.5” - 2” chunks and place in a bowl. Pour the olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle in 1 Tablespoon of the herb/lemon/salt mixture. Thread onto wooden or metal skewers.
With a fork, mash the butter into the remaining herb/lemon/salt mixture until it's all incorporated. Set aside.
Meanwhile, combine the quinoa, water, and teaspoon of salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce to a simmer. Let it steam for about 17 minutes, stirring occasionally to fluff. When the water has evaporated and the quinoa has opened up, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let sit for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork. You can season it with butter or oil, but the herb butter will also drip onto it for this dish.
Heat an outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan and cook the skewers, turning every 3 - 5 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked through and golden brown on all sides - probably about 15 - 18 minutes total. As soon as they’re done, turn off the heat and generously dollop the herb butter across the skewers and let it melt in.
Plate a scoop of quinoa and top with skewers. From the cooking pan, scrape any extra melted herb button over the top.