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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.



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

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  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)


  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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This meal has 23 reviews

I had a quarter of a red onion so I added that when I cooked the bell pepper. I just used chimichurri with no yogurt.

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

Amazing! Loved the flavors and the freshness of this meal!

By: Bettie
Posted: Jun 19, 2019
Diet: Original

This was delicious! I really liked the addition of barley. Marinading the beef and prepping the chimichurri sauce ahead of time made this come together really easily on a week night.

By: Carli
Posted: Jun 19, 2019
Diet: Original

Add mint to your chimichurri! We learned that at a cooking class and it adds such a great flavor. We eyeballed it but ~1/2 of your cilantro quantity. Other than that made as is and it was delicious. Definitely a new favorite!

By: Emily
Posted: Jun 18, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious!! We love so many elements of this: barley, and chimichurri sauce. We would maybe add a second type of bean (perhaps a white bean?) for more pulse variety. We also added some sliced almonds on top for crunch, we would highly recommend!!

By: Chris
Posted: Jun 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian