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Looking to spice up a dinner? Kabobs could do the trick

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Whether the goal is to achieve a fancier presentation when cooking a rather ordinary weeknight meal, or searching for a healthier fair favorite, woven kabobs might be the answer.

By weaving beef, chicken or pork onto a skewer, the 'food-on-a-stick' essence is still captured, without extra calories one may be looking to avoid.

Here's what to do:

Ask a meat expert to slice meat into strips that can be "ribboned," woven, laced or threaded on a skewer. Top of Iowa Sirloin, boneless pork tenderloin and chicken tenders work the best.

Each slice of meat will amount to roughly five ounces. Thread meat onto a skewer; if using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 20 minutes so they won't catch fire once on the grill.

Grill the kabobs for three to five minutes on each side, turning occasionally. Depending on how tightly woven the meat is on the skewer, grill time could take closer to 20 or 25 minutes total.

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