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by MS, RD

Pesto Steak Kebabs

Serves 4

Skewering a rainbow of vegetables delivers a hearty dose of disease-busting antioxidants. 


  • 1 lb top sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes 
  • 16 crimini mushrooms, stems removed 
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced into 1-inch rounds 
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes 
  • 1 red onion, cut into small chunks 
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces 
  • 3 tbsp prepared pesto 
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes 


  1. Preheat grill on high heat for 10 minutes and then lower to medium for cooking. Thread steak, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper onto 8 skewers in any pattern you like. 
  2. Whisk together pesto, olive oil, lemon juice, and chili flakes. Brush half of the pesto mixture on kebabs about 15 minutes before grilling. 
  3. Place kebabs on a greased grill grate and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until steak is done to liking and vegetables are darkened. Brush on remaining pesto halfway through cooking. 

The Macros

Calories: 391
Protein: 28g
Carbs: 17g
Fat: 24g