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Three Cooks One Kitchen: Summertime Grillin’

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three cooks one kitchen bannerCan you believe that a month has passed since the first edition of Three Cooks One Kitchen?  If you are not familiar with 3C1K, it is a monthly cooking series where Erin, Joanna, and I get together, talk, cook, and eat.  And we want to invite you into our kitchens each month to hang out.  I promise it is a good time!  We make really good food, too!

This year has been flying by, but I am not complaining too much because we have made it to June and one of my favorite times of the year: Summertime.  With Summer comes a plethora of good things, but one of the best parts of Summer is definitely grilling with friends at barbecues.  It was a no-brainer for us when we were planning our second installment of Three Cooks One Kitchen.  June = Summer, which = grilling.

On the menu for today: Chicken and vegetarian kabobs, grilled corn, and watermelon!

groupSorry for the squinty eyes.  I feel like this is proof that I, too, need a pair of Ray-Bans ;)

This past Sunday, the three “cooks” got together at Joanna’s house.  Erin and I both live in apartments, so grilling was kind of out of the question at our places.  Joanna’s house was the perfect location, though, since she has an open kitchen and a fabulous back porch with a retractable awning.  I am slightly jealous of her backyard.

guacBefore we got things started, Joanna whipped up some guacamole for us to snack on with chips.  There is nothing quite like snacking while cooking.  Can you tell we like food?

joanna 5After we primed our stomachs for the meal to come, we got busy prepping the marinade…

me 2removing the garlic peels (this seems to be a reoccurring event at 3C1K get-togethers)…

erin…and chopping the vegetables.

me joannaIt’s all about teamwork in our kitchens!

watermelonWhile everything was marinading in the fridge, we put Erin’s husband, Josh, to work on cutting up the watermelon.  Thank you Google for providing us with a “how to cut a watermelon” tutorial ;)  Watermelon is definitely one of those fruits that I have avoided buying in the past because it always seems like such a pain to cut.  Josh made it look easy, though.

kabobs 6Once the meats and veggies were done swimming in the pool of marinades, Joanna and I got everything put onto the pre-soaked skewers while Joanna’s husband, Jeff <– my awesome site designer!, fired up the grill.

kabobs 3We made grilled chicken fajita kabobs for the meat eaters.

kabobs 2And for us veggies, we used this recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Kabobs with Field Roast Meatless Sausage.

The vegetables we used for both recipes included yellow squash, zucchini, yellow onions, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, and mushrooms.

grillOnce everything was skewered, it hung out on the grill for about 10 to 15 minutes.

eleanor collageWe left the grilling to the guys and spent time with Joanna’s sweet baby girl, Eleanor.  Isn’t she the cutest?

rubyRuby wanted to hang with the girls, too!

watermelon 4Just 20 minutes later and we had a bowl full of fresh watermelon.

cornEars of grilled sweet corn.

chicken 3A tray of spicy (more like very spicy- I tasted some of the veggies) fajita chicken and veggie kabobs.

sausage 3And a platter filled with teriyaki “sausage” and veggie kabobs.   P.S. How cute is Joanna’s serving platter?

joanna erin picture takingOf course there was plenty of picture taking to be had before we plated everything up and dug in.  I mentioned how funny it would be for Joanna’s neighbors to walk outside and see us.  They probably would have thought we were a bunch of weirdos.

my plateMy plate of goodness (plus an ear of sweet corn).

I have been a long-time fan of Field Roast, but I especially loved it marinated and grilled.  It was flavorful and the texture was perfect.  I rounded the “meat” out with plenty of veggies and a serving of refreshing watermelon for dessert.

After we finished eating, we spent the remainder of the afternoon chit-chatting and enjoy Joanna and Jeff’s back porch.  It was seriously the perfect Summer afternoon with great friends.  Hopefully there will be plenty more just like it in the coming months.  I think I may have already convinced them that we have to make grilled pizza sometime soon.  And since I don’t have a grill… well, hopefully they like the idea too! ;)

Check out Erin and Joanna’s Three Cooks One Kitchen posts here:

Girl Gone Veggie Post
Makingmine Post

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  • Heather @fitncookies June 5, 2014, 6:45 am

    I love that you guys get together to do this! The entire meal sounds amazing! I found out last year about the watermelon secret and oh my gosh, cutting it has never been easier! same with cantaloupe.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 5, 2014, 10:18 am

      Yes, now that I actually know how to cut a watermelon, I imagine that I would buy them! I should have searched for a tutorial a long time ago!

  • Ashley June 5, 2014, 7:07 am

    So so fun that the three of you do this! I have yet to have watermelon this season … I am dying to have some!! haha I need to get my butt to the store to pick one up!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 5, 2014, 10:22 am

      It is a super fun time cooking with other bloggers! And yes… watermelon is SO good right now! Do yourself a favor and get some :)

  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie June 5, 2014, 10:13 am

    This was such a fun day!! And the food all turned out amazing.

    Thanks so much for all the pictures! And for you and Joanna kabob-ing the veggies while I played with Eleanor. She is too much fun. :D

    Omg at how Josh’s hands look in that watermelon picture. They’re like old man hands! haha I’m glad they don’t look like that in real life. ;p
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 5, 2014, 10:22 am

      It was SO fun!! And LOL at your comment about Josh’s hands!! I hadn’t noticed! haha

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. June 5, 2014, 11:32 am

    That chicken looks deeeeeeelicious!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:25 pm

      They all said it was awfully tasty! You should definitely check out the recipe!

  • Becky@TheSavedRunner June 5, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Now I want to grill out for dinner tonight. :) This all looks fabulous!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:30 pm

      I hope you ended up grilling! And if not.. I hope you get to this weekend :)

  • melissa June 5, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Yum, your field roast and veggie skewers look SO GOOD! Makes me want to a) buy a house with a great backyard b) and a grill c) skewer up some veggie sausage!
    I feel like I can definitely do “c” anyway ;)
    Oh, just noticed your mini bio – “Iowan at heart” – me too, living in California but originally from Bettendorf, IA. Glad Thinking Out Loud brought me here!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:32 pm

      Haha, Yes! “C” is probably the most practical ;) And yay for being an Iowan!! I went to college in Davenport :)

  • Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition June 6, 2014, 12:52 am

    Yum!!! And omg I ALWAYS forget my sunglasses too haha- I need raybans!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:32 pm

      Now if only they weren’t so pricey… :)

  • Amy Dillard June 6, 2014, 2:40 pm

    This is such a great post Hannah! I love it!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:55 pm

      Thanks Amy!!!!!!! I miss my blog-loving coworker! Who else am I going to talk to about blogging/recipes? :(

  • Julie June 25, 2014, 8:32 am

    I love shish-ka-bobs! Yours look amazing, along with the corn and watermelon. Now I’m hungry for a cookout! :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 25, 2014, 10:46 am

      Thank you, Julie! Isn’t cookout food just the BEST??

  • Runwright July 16, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Prepping and cooking together looks SO fun! Great idea.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 16, 2014, 4:55 pm

      We have SUCH a good time together! So good that it takes us FOREVER to cook a meal! ;) oops

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