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SHÉHÉRAZADE Shawarma Marinade by Lidl

Yesterday's forecast called for severe storms in the early evening. I wanted to prep a quick and easy dinner in the morning so we could have time to play in the bay before the storm hit. Now was the time to try the SHÉHÉRADE Shawarma Marinade by Lidl and make Shish Kabobs. I quickly cut up a package of chicken thighs and threw them in the fridge to marinate for the day.

Shawarma marinade next to bowl of raw chicken

I also had on hand a box of Rice Pilaf by Lidl and while that was cooking, I made a crisp Indian Cucumber Salad (Kachumber) via The Spruce Eats. The dressing was so simple. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper... that's it. 

Bowl of cucumber salad

This creamy Lebanese Garlic Sauce inspired by Jo Cooks was a cinch to make. It took less than 5 minutes to whip together and is fricken delicious!

Garlic sauce in serving dish on picnic table

Garlic Sauce
  • 1 Cup Vegetable or Canola oil
  • 1/3 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6-8 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender, cover, and process until smooth. This recipe yields approximately 1 1/2 cups garlic sauce. 

We are planning to have cheese burgers tomorrow night so I can't wait to dip my fries in the left over garlic sauce. 

Now that the chicken Shawarma was marinating and the sides were done, it was time to hit the beach.

boy walking on path towards the bay carrying crocodile float over his head

Pre-storm waves on the bay are the best! Just enough to get rocked around a bit :)

wave crashing over boy playing in the bay

Feeling the storm approaching it was time to head home and fire up the grill. 

Marinated chicken skewers on grill

For chicken Shish Kabobs, I prefer using boneless chicken thighs for tenderness and flavor. Although the kabobs got a little extra charred when I accidentally left them on the side of direct heat for 10 minutes (during indirect cooking time) they still came out juicy. Phew! 

Grilled marinated chicken skewers on grill

I am thrilled with this quick and easy Chicken Shawarma platter and can't wait to make it again! 

Plate with grilled chicken shawarma, rice, kachumber salad, pita bread, and garlic sauce

Should I keep posting quick and easy summer time meal ideas?


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