BSI – Watermelon!

I have to give props to Tony for the idea of pureeing the watermelon and and reducing it for the base of my bbq sauce idea.  Thanks Tony!

I pureed half a small watermelon

I pureed half a small watermelon

I reduced the pureed watermelon on low for about 1/2 hour - I didn't mind the few seeds that made it in, because I knew I was going to strain it

I reduced the pureed watermelon on low for about 1/2 hour - I didn't mind the few seeds that made it in, because I knew I was going to strain it

I strained the cooked down watermelon until I cut 1/2 cup

I strained the cooked down watermelon until I cut 1/2 cup

Watermelon BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup watermelon juice that has been reduced over low heat for 1/2 hour
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Mix all together and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.

it was too spicy for Tony!

it was too spicy for Tony!

Now I did not use this as a marinade, but as a mop as the kabobs were grilling.  There was TONS left over, so I am going to try this as an overnight marinade.  I thought it was delicious!

My other kebob was a tofu kebob that was in the July/August Everyday Food Magazine.

Tofu Kebab

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded
  • one inch chunk of fresh ginger
  • lime juice from one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package firm tofu (16 ounces) pressed under a cast iron skillet for 1 hour to remove most of the water

In a food processor, combine cilantro, oil, jalapeno, ginger, lime juice, and blend until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Make your skewers with the tofu and veggies of choice (mine was zucchini and red pepper).  Cook on the grill and add a couple tablespoons of the cilantro mixture during the last 30 seconds and serve the rest on the side as a dip.

I loved this!  It tasted so fresh, but I love cilantro, so maybe that helped.  Tony and Hannah both thought it tasted like ass, but it was a winner in my book!

magazine recipe

magazine recipe

my local grocery store sells cilantro for 3 bunches for $1.  This is one bunch and is all I needed for this recipe

my local grocery store sells cilantro for 3 bunches for $1. This is one bunch and is all I needed for this recipe

Since I had 1/2 a recipe of dough leftover from party pizza Friday, I ended up making cheese bread. 

I kept the dough on the counter since Friday morning, so it didn't rise as much, but it was so good!

I kept the dough on the counter since Friday morning, so it didn't rise as much, but it was so good!

I cheated on the pork kebobs!

we saw these at the store and thought it would work!

we saw these at the store and thought it would work!

I need to keep reminding myself that I am only cooking for a family of 3!

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I ended up having to add about 1 ounce of tofu in order to puree the cilantro mixture

I ended up having to add about 1 ounce of tofu in order to puree the cilantro mixture

tofu cilantro sauce on the grill - YUM!

tofu cilantro sauce on the grill - YUM!

my skewers - the left is the cilantro tofu, the right is the watermelon bbq sauce chicken, both with red peppers and zuccini

my skewers - the left is the cilantro tofu, the right is the watermelon bbq sauce chicken, both with red peppers and zuccini

Even though our morning started in lots of rain – it turned out to be a beautiful day, and I think tomorrow is supposed to be nice too.  We have nothing planned for tomorrow, other than the lawn and some laundry – love that!

Have you seen the movie UP yet?  OMG, totally loved it, and actually almost came to tears a couple times!  The only variable is that it is a kids movie, and we went to a 2:00 p.m. show – this one kid decided to sit next to Tony – on the step right next to his seat!   After every scene he kept asking “is this a dream?”  We thought that there weren’t enough seats, but no, the kid wanted to sit on the step!! 

Off to relax with Tony – hope everyone had a great Saturday  – come back tomorrow for my father’s day dry run breakfast of biscuits and gravy!

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15 thoughts on “BSI – Watermelon!

  1. Great job on the watermelon sauce – I think that one takes the cake for creativity!

    I can’t stand cilantro, either. There’s a site (ihateclinatro.com) that explains how cilantro and corriander actually removes heavy metals from your body. But, in some people (it’s genetic) you can actually taste that metallic taste and that’s why there’s such a strong hatred towards it that some people can’t get past! Very interesting!

  2. This looks very unique and tasty!

    Thanks for participating in the BSI challenge!

  3. watermelon bbq sauce?? omg, that is so clever!!

  4. Those tofu kabobs are right up my alley! They sound great!! Nice BSI recipe 🙂

  5. Great photos! There is nothing better than fresh watermelon in the summer!

  6. I was like ‘watermelon BBQ sauce…? You Crazy..?’ but I gave it a go and its delicious!!Great with pork 🙂

  7. Your watermelon BBQ sauce sounds great, very creative and delicious!

  8. Love the watermelon bbq sauce!

  9. Very creative on using watermelon as a BBQ sauce. Could you taste a distinct watermelon flavour?

  10. This is a very creative use of watermelon. Your photos are just beautiful.

  11. Looks so delicious, Biz!

  12. […] Biz from Biggest Diabetic Loser made Tofu Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce from Everday Food. […]

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