Jun 302014

As I promised I am looking for some great ideas for the up coming 4th of July Holiday. We like to grill on the 4th and have a BBQ. So I was looking for some recipes to share. I found some delicious looking and easy to prepare recipes from Maria Zoitas creator of Maria’s Homemade prepared foods sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC. Maria’s recipes provide a flavorful, Mediterranean twist to the classic American barbecue staples.

lemon chix wsm

Grilled Lemon Chicken


  •          ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  •          ½ cup soy sauce
  •          ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  •          ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  •          4 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken cutlets


1.Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, and black pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken. Seal bag, then toss several times to coat chicken. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 20 minutes to 2 hours.

2.Preheat outdoor grill for medium-high heat, or heat grill pan on stove until hot.

3.Remove chicken from bag, discarding marinade.

4.Grill chicken 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with grilled or steamed vegetables.


fruit kebabs wsm

Fruit Kebabs


  •          1Lb. Watermelon cut into one inch cubes
  •          1Lb. Honeydew melon cut into one inch cubes
  •          1Lb. Cantaloupe cut into one inch cubes
  •          1Lb. Pineapple cut into one inch cubes
  •          ½ Cup of honey
  •          1/3 Cup of unsalted pistachio shelled nuts, chopped roughly.
  •          6 pieces wood skewers (6″ long, soaked in water for 2-3 hours before use)


1.Preheat grill at 400⁰F.

2.Pass through the wood skewers the cubed fruit in whichever order you want and place them. onto the hot grill to create grill lines for about 20 seconds each side.

3.Remove and place them in an oval platter, drizzle the kebabs with honey and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on top and around the grilled fruit kebabs.


salmon kebabs

Grilled Salmon Kebabs


  •          2 lbs. salmon cubed
  •          1 tbsp. kosher salt
  •          ½ tbsp. black ground pepper
  •          ½ tbsp. red crushed pepper
  •          ½ tbsp. dry oregano
  •          3 tbsp. white wine
  •          3 tbsp. olive oil
  •          ½ tbsp. paprika
  •          ¾ lbs. mix peppers (red, yellow, green) cut 2inch cubes
  •          ¼ lb. white onions


1.Marinate salmon cubed for about 4-6 hours, place in refrigerator

2.Skewer vegetables and salmon cubes and grill.

These all look like they would be easy to make and look like they would taste good.  I think the Grilled Lemon Chicken is one of the recipes I will be using this coming weekend.  I love chicken and steamed vegetables.  What recipe do you think you would like? Have a good and safe 4th of JulyKaisy1!

The photos and recipes were provide courtesy of  Maria Zoitas.


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