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Wags' Wecipes: BBQ Citrus Kabobs


She’s just five-foot-three, but don’t let the height fool you. On the field, U.S. Under-20 defender Sarah Wagenfuhr is a spitfire, and she brings that same enthusiasm to the kitchen. Needless to say, Wagenfuhr, known as “Wags” to her teammates, can “bring it” when it comes to making the perfect meal. After all, this is a woman who, in her U.S. Soccer bio, listed her craziest ambition as: “To be the next Martha Stewart.” So leading up to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, Wagenfuhr will on occasion share her favorite recipes with Center Circle and ussoccer.com…and if they’re lucky, her teammates as well.

WAGS’ BBQ CITRUS KABOBS (Serves four people)

Said Wagenfuhr:
“This is sort of an original recipe. I was looking at a cookbook and they had some kabobs kind of like it, but it called for some spices that we didn’t have, so I decided to include some of my own ingredients and make it my own. The great thing about these kabobs is that they are light and low in fat, yet they taste delicious. They are not overpowering, but have just enough flavor to make it taste good and fill you up. Normally, when I make them, everyone eats two each, but if you are making more for a big party, you can double recipe. They are quick, easy and great as leftovers.”

Ingredients:
Soy sauce (2 tablespoons)
Orange juice concentrate (1/2 cup)
Honey (3 tablespoons)
Red bell pepper (one whole pepper)
Green bell pepper (one whole pepper)
Yellow bell pepper (one whole pepper)
White onion (1/2 an onion)
Mushrooms (1/2 cup)
Eggplant (1/2 an eggplant)
Salt & pepper
Boneless-skinless chicken breast (2 whole breasts)
Pineapple (1/2 cup of fresh or canned, but has to be big enough to stick on skewer)
Orange (one whole, peeled orange, with the wedges cut in half)
White or brown rice

Sauce
Combine soy sauce, honey and orange juice concentrate. Set aside.

Kabobs
• Cut veggies, pineapple, orange and chicken into about 2-inch thick pieces, put on skewers or in non-stick grilling basket
• Cover kabobs with sauce and add Salt & Pepper
• Grill on metal skewers or cook all pieces in non-stick grilling basket until chicken is done & veggies are lightly brown
• If using non-stick grilling basket, you can then put cooked pieces on the kabob skewers for presentation
• Remember to continue to put sauce on while grilling

Rice
• Follow package directions (but don’t use minute rice!)

Serving Hints/Tips
• Make more sauce to put on rice
• It tastes good with just soy sauce on the rice too
• Chicken can be mostly cooked before putting on skewers for a faster meal
(Cook in skillet with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil)
• If sauce is too sweet, add more soy sauce; if it is too salty, add more honey or orange juice concentrate
• If you don’t have a non-stick grilling basket, just use Pam non-stick cooking spray
• You can pretty much use any veggies you like, but I like the peppers, onions, mushrooms and eggplant because they all taste different

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