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Healthy recipe: Grilled Tropical Teriyaki Kebobs

Grilling foodRegistered Dietitian Danielle Stegman provides this heart-healthy recipe that's perfect for the grill. Many grill favorites can be high in saturated fat and sodium, but you can keep your diet heart healthy by enjoying the bounty of fruits and vegetables this season brings. Choose meats that are lean. Flavor them with herbs, spices, or low sodium sauces.

This recipe makes approximately 5 Kebobs


15-ounce bottle low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup pineapple juice (from fresh pineapple or from can)

2 teaspoon sesame oil

2 teaspoon vinegar

2 teaspoon ground or 1 tablespoon fresh finely minced ginger

2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 tablespoon fresh finely minced garlic

Pepper to taste

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in 1-2 inch cubes (about 1 pound)

1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed

1/4 pound snow peas, washed

1 fresh pineapple, cut into 1 inch chunks (or one 20-ounce can pineapple chunks)

2 cups whole grain rice, cooked

Kebob sticks


1. Combine all teriyaki sauce ingredients (juice, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper) in bowl and whisk until combined evenly.

2. Marinate cubed chicken breast in most of teriyaki sauce for 2 hours.

3. If using wooden kebob sticks, soak in water for about 5 minutes to prevent from catching fire on the grill.

4. Begin to assemble the kebobs-alternating chicken, pineapple, tomatoes, and snow peas.

5. Grill kebobs until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

6. Serve over whole grain rice and enjoy!

Nutritional information:

Serving Size: 1 Kebob with 1/3 cup rice

Calories: 325

Carbohydrate: 32 grams

Protein: 26 grams

Fat: 4 grams

Sodium:  500 milligrams