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Herb Marinated Kabobs with Tofu

Serves 8. Serve these tasty kabobs hot off the grill, with a side of seasoned rice or couscous.

Prep Time: 35 minutes, plus time to marinate
Grilling Time: 12 minutes

For the marinade:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
Salt and fresh ground pepper

For the kabobs:

2-3 firm Roma tomatoes, quartered
1 small red onion, quartered
1 package of firm tofu, rinsed and drained for at least 20 minutes; cut into 1-inch kabob-size cubes
2 bell peppers, a variety of colors, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 of a fresh pineapple, cut in chunks or 1/2 can of pineapple chunks
2-3 small summer squash, cut into 3/4-inch thick slices
1/2 pound mushrooms, rinsed

1. Add the first eight ingredients to a blender or food processor to puree. Add all cut-up vegetables and tofu to a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Add the marinade and let sit for 6 to 12 hours. While they marinate, turn the container upside down or stir every few hours so marinade soaks through all vegetables.

2. Thread on metal skewers making several skewers with tofu, peppers, and onion. Make several other skewers with pineapple, mushrooms, squash and tomatoes. Each of these groups will grill about the same amount of time. (If using wood skewers, soak for 30 minutes in water before threading vegetables on them.)

3. Grill, turning occasionally, for 4 to 12 minutes. Place skewers on a large platter so that each person can remove as much of each one as they want.

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