Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary & Sage Chicken Kebabs

There’s nothing better than char-grilled chicken kebabs at a Braai (Barbecue), but the ones you buy in store are often covered in a sticky, sugary marinade. So this is a lighter, healthier way to make your own chicken kebabs at home.

What you’ll need:

  • 4-5 Chicken breasts cut into bits that you can ‘skewer’, dont get them too thick or they may not cook in the middle
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • 1 Minced clove of garlic
  • Wooden skewer sticks (Cut these to fit the size or your grill pan or braai before you skewer the chicken onto it)

The ‘How to’:

  1. It’s best to let this marinade overnight in the fridge before cooking. If you’re short on time, 2-4 hours marinading should do the trick.
  2. Make the marinade mix:
    • In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper, rosemary, sage and garlic.
  3. Place the cut pieces of chicken into a zip lock bag or tupperware. Pour the marinade into the bag. Seal & ‘smush’ around to get all the pieces of chicken covered.
  4. Put into the fridge to marinade overnight.
  5. Cut your wooden skewers to fit the size or your grill pan or braai before you skewer the chicken onto it.
  6. After marinading, push the pieces of chicken onto the skewers and grill until cooked.
  7. Enjoy with a side salad!

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Spag Bol with Zucchini noodles – my personal favourite

Spaghetti Bolognese is definitely comfort food. I can’t make it as well as my mom but still, it’s pretty good! I like to lighten it up with swapping out pasta for baby marrow noodles.

Serves 4, Takes about 30 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 500gr beef mince (or 1 tin lentils for meat free version)
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 4 chopped tomatoes (or 1 tin diced tomatoes – preferably organic)
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Baby marrow (zucchini) noodles (Make your own or buy ready made)

Lets get cooking:

  1. Saute chopped onion in E.V. Olive Oil until soft & golden.
  2. Then add the mince and brown. Break the mince up with your spoon or spatula so there aren’t any large chunks.
  3. Once mince has browned, add the tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and crumble in the chicken stock cube. Stir until combined.
  4. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes – stir occasionally.
  5. Use a vegetable spiralizer or mandoline slicer to make your baby marrow (zucchini) noodles (or buy ready made from woolworths).
  6. Place noodles into a microwaveable container with a lid and microwave for 3 minutes – allow to sit in the container for a further 2 minutes before serving.

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Homemade Cheese & Onion Beef & Lentil Burgers

Protein packed burgers with a combination of lentils & beef mince!

Ingredients:

  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can lentils drained & rinsed
  • 500gr beef mince
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg

Get cooking:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse a bit and then scrape down the ingredients still sitting at the top to ensure an even consistency. Pulse again. You don’t want to over pulse it or it will become too mushy.
  2. Roll spoonfuls of burger mixture into balls and shape into patties.
  3. To cook, Fry them in olive oil.

Serve with mashed avocado & feta on a bed of lettuce with a side of sweet potato or carrot chips!


It makes a big batch, about 15 patties and they freeze raw really well! Just wrap individually in cling film and place in a ziplock bag.