Outdoor Summer Meal

Have your friends over for a barbecue this weekend and enjoy this easy prep ahead meal.  Mix up the bruschetta topping, marinate the chicken and make the bean salad during the day.  Serve with an appetizer of chips, salsa and guacamole then get your friends to bring a dessert. Entertaining can be easy and stress free.

Chicken Skewers
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Prepare the chicken in the marinade ahead of time in a ziplock bag in the fridge. One hour before soak your skewers in cold water.
Chicken Skewers
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Prepare the chicken in the marinade ahead of time in a ziplock bag in the fridge. One hour before soak your skewers in cold water.
Instructions
  1. In a large ziploc bag add all marinade ingredients.
  2. Cut chicken into 3 cm pieces so they are ready for the skewers and add to the prepared ziploc bag. Massage the chicken in the bag until all pieces are coated.
  3. Store chicken in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Soak the skewers in cold water for 1 hour. Add chicken to the skewers and discard any leftover marinade.
  4. Preheat barbecue to high heat. Reduce heat to low and place chicken on the grill for 6-8 minutes per side until cooked through and the internal temperature reads 170 degrees.
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Bean and Mango Salad
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This colourful salad pairs perfectly with different grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or fish and can be made ahead of time to bring out the nutty, sweet and spicy flavours. Leftovers can be served as a salsa with tortilla chips then next day.
Bean and Mango Salad
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This colourful salad pairs perfectly with different grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or fish and can be made ahead of time to bring out the nutty, sweet and spicy flavours. Leftovers can be served as a salsa with tortilla chips then next day.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain black beans.
  2. Peel and dice mango into 1 cm pieces, amounting to at least 2 cups. Then dice the sweet bell pepper approximately the same size. Finely chop the jalapeno pepper and the fresh cilantro as small as you can make them.
  3. With scissors finely slice the green onions. Zest one lime and then juice the remaining limes for a total of 3 tablespoons.
  4. Mix all ingredients in your bowl or container. Add any additional salt if needed. Refrigerate until serving.
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Bruschetta
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This is the perfect summer appetizer or addition to your meal to showcase fresh tomatoes and herbs. Use the best tomatoes you can find, grape tomatoes cut in 4 also work well with less water content. Use fresh or dried herbs, whatever is handy. Mix the topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. You can also toast the bread before hand so that when your guests arrive you just have to top the bread and broil for a few minutes.
Bruschetta
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This is the perfect summer appetizer or addition to your meal to showcase fresh tomatoes and herbs. Use the best tomatoes you can find, grape tomatoes cut in 4 also work well with less water content. Use fresh or dried herbs, whatever is handy. Mix the topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. You can also toast the bread before hand so that when your guests arrive you just have to top the bread and broil for a few minutes.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl or container and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
  2. Slice the baguette and spread onto a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil.
  3. Toast the bread at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
  4. When you are ready to serve the bruschetta top the bread with the tomato mixture and set your oven on broil for 2-4 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven when broiling as the bread will toast quickly.
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  • With a group of 2 or more families you can easily double these recipes.

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