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Summer is almost here

May 18,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Can you believe that soon the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend, will be upon us? Memorial Day comes early this year, so I thought this week I would share some new and exciting ways to whip up and grill up some healthy and kid friendly food this weekend. Chicken Sate or Satay is a popular Asian recipe to skewer and grill meat. The most popular way is to skewer marinated chicken and then serve with a peanut sauce. SPH developed this recipe for Chicken Satay that is quick, healthful and definitely more exciting than your typical grilled burgers and hot dogs. The boys love Chicken Satay and I believe it goes back to a theory I have about food on sticks. Kids love to eat foods on sticks. Popsicles, Corn Dogs, Lollipops, these are all fun foods to eat. The bonus with this recipe is not only are they fun to eat, but they are healthful too. This recipe uses exotic ingredients, but don’t let this deter you—this recipe couldn’t be easier. Chicken Satay 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips ¼ cup of light coconut milk ½ teaspoon turmeric 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 teaspoons honey or brown sugar Mix all ingredients except chicken. Marinate chicken in mixed sauce for 2-4 hours before grilling. Skewer the chicken and grill, about 6-8 minutes. Serve with a peanut sauce (recipe tomorrow). Serves 4 SPC