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Beef Kebab Grain Bowl
with barley / chimichurri sauce

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min

Kebabs take a little time to prepare, but threading the ingredients onto skewers provides lots of surface area for developing maximum flavor on the grill. If you're short on time, feel free to just saute everything on the stovetop as many reviewers did when this meal was featured in 2018.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Chimichurri Sauce:
  • Cilantro - 1/3 cup, chopped
  • Parsley - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Shallots - 1 clove, chopped
  • Capers - 1 Tbsp, drained and rinsed
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/3 cup
Beef Kebabs:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce - 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Skewers, wooden or metal - 8
  • Steak, sirloin - 1 lb, cubed (sub any variety of steak)
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, cubed
Beef Kebab Grain Bowls:
  • Barley, hulled and uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Cucumbers - 12 oz, diced
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup
  • Chimichurri sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/3 cup
  • Beef Kebabs (ingredients listed separately) - 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Barley - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt water generously and add barley. Simmer for 45 to 55 minutes until tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make marinade - Chop garlic (portion for kebabs). Combine garlic, oil (portion for kebabs), soy sauce, oregano, and mustard. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Soak skewers - If cooking on a grill with wooden skewers, soak in water for 10 minutes to prevent burning. (Skip if cooking on stovetop.)
  4. Marinate beef - Slice beef into cubes and tenderize with a fork. Combine with marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Bell peppers - Cube bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Make chimichurri sauce - (Skip if made ahead for Tuesday; if cooking on the grill, get grill heating while finishing prep.) Combine cilantro, parsley, garlic (portion for chimichurri), shallots, capers, vinegar, lime juice, salt, and oil (portion for chimichurri) in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add some additional oil if the sauce is too thick to blend easily. Season to taste with some salt or some more lime juice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  7. Cucumbers - Dice cucumbers. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  8. Prepare kebabs - Discard marinade and thread skewers through beef and peppers. (Skip if cooking on the stovetop.) (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Season kebabs with some salt and pepper.
  2. If cooking on a grill: Heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees. Brush heated grates with some cooking oil. Place kebabs on heated grates and grill for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and grill for another 2 to 3 minutes. Close grill and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes, until beef is cooked to your liking.
  3. If cooking on the stovetop: Heat a skillet with some cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and saute until cooked to your liking, 4 to 6 minutes. Set beef aside and add peppers to pan. Saute until peppers are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Stir chimichurri into yogurt.
  5. Reheat barley in the microwave (reserve half if doubled).
  6. Divide barley between serving bowls. Top bowls with beef and peppers, cucumbers, and yogurt-chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 23 reviews

This was awesome! We really loved the chimichuri sauce and the beef marinade

By: Caitlin
Posted: Jun 22, 2019
Diet: Original

This was delicious! Loved the barley! The sauce made it.

By: Carrie
Posted: Jun 21, 2019
Diet: Original

I loved the barley. It was like fluffy rice. Marinade is nice and it came together quickly- butcher cut up the steak for kebabs. Will make again.

By: Laura
Posted: Jun 21, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious. The sauce was awesome.

By: Karen
Posted: Jun 21, 2019
Diet: Original

Barley is gross AF. I wish I had made this with rice. Everything else was delicious. (I added portabellas.)

By: Meghan
Posted: Jun 20, 2019
Diet: Original

Subbed chicken for beef

By: Rachel
Posted: Jun 20, 2019
Diet: Original