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Grilled Za’atar Beef Kabobs

These easy grilled steak skewers are seasoned with za’atar spice and paired with rainbow vegetables to make flavorful and kid-friendly beef kabobs the whole family will love.

 

two skewers with za'atar beef and vegetables next to couscous on plate

 

 

 

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ingredients for marinating za'atar beef

 

 

This easy grilling recipe is perfectly weeknight friendly. This steak skewer recipe uses Top Sirloin, which is excellent for turning into kabobs on the grill. A 3 oz portion contains 26 grams of protein (that’s a whopping 56% of your daily needs!) as well as 4.8 mg of Zinc (that’s 30% of your daily recommended intake!).

Packed with protein, iron, and zinc, Beef is a perfect choice when it comes to serving healthy and nutrient dense foods for your family. Iron and Zinc are necessary for proper growth and development and should be an important part of your kids diets.  To learn more how beef is perfect for all ages, read this post!

When it comes to feeding kids healthy meals that fuel their little growing bodies and brains, these Top Sirloin Steak Kabobs are where it’s at! Add in great flavors and beautiful colorful veggies, and you have a perfect weeknight dinner that can’t be beat.

 

plate with za'atar beef and couscous next to bowl of mint yogurt sauce

 

 

Other healthy beef recipes for families with babies:

 

colorful veggies for grilled steak kabobs


How to Grill Za’atar Beef Kabobs:

These Middle Eastern inspired steak kabobs are easy to make on a busy weeknight! 

Allow your steaks come to room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling. If you are marinating them just before grilling, this is the perfect time to do that.

To cook on a charcoal grill:

  1. Place the kabobs on the hottest part of the grill and sera for 1-2 minutes on both sides.
  2. Then move to the medium heat area (over ash-covered coals) and continue to grill for 8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking for medium rare.
  3. Remove to a plate, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

To cook on a gas grill:

  1. Preheat the grill to high.
  2. Sear both sides of the kabobs fr 1-2 minutes.
  3. Reduce the temperature to medium-high
  4. Continue grilling for 8 minutes, turning halfway though for medium-rare.

*Note: It is important to know what “doneness” level you are going for. You will want to remove your kabobs from the grill 5 degrees less than what you are going for. The centers will continue to warm as they rest for 5 minutes before eating.

I recommend cooking steaks to in between medium and medium rare for children, as it leaves the steaks tender and easy for them to chew.  If you prefer other don-ness levels to your steaks, you can cook them for less time or longer times, depending on your preferences.

  • Rare steaks, where the center is bright red – grill for between 8 and 11 minutes and be at an internal temperature of 125 F.
  • Medium-rare where the center is very pink – grill 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 135 F.
  • Medium steaks where the center is light pink – grill for 11-13 minutes, or until the temperature is 145 F.
  • Medium-well steaks, well the center is only slightly pink and the outer portion is mostly brown – grill for 12-15 minutes, or until an internal temperature is 155F.
  • Well done steaks, where the steak is uniformly brown throughout, grill for between 15 and 18 minutes, or until an internal temperature is 165F.

 

adding ingredients to skewers of za'atar beef kabobs

 

How to Meal Prep Za’atar Beef Kabobs:

These steak skewers are easy to meal prep ahead of time.

  • The marinade can be made up to 1 day ahead of time and stored in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.
  • The steak can be cut into bite sized pieces and marinated in a glass container in the fridge for up to 8 hours. If time is a limiting factor, you can marinate it for 20 or 30 minutes only, but the flavor will be better with longer marinating time.
  • The mint yogurt sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator in a glass airtight container.

 

grilling za'atar beef skewers

 

How to serve Za’atar Beef Kabobs:

This grilled beef kabob recipe is easy to serve to family members of multiple ages and feeding stages.

  • To Serve to Toddlers – To serve this steak skewers recipe as finger foods, simple remove the grilled veggies and beef chunks from the skewers and dice to appropriate size for your child. You can also serve some of the mint yogurt sauce on the side if you feel like it’s bath night. You can also serve a small pile of couscous with a sprinkle of parsley, but leave off the pomegranate arils.
  • Serving Younger Children – To serve younger children, cut the steak bites into smaller pieces and serve alongside individual piles of grilled veggies. Cut the veggies into smaller pieces that are easier to eat. The couscous can be topped with pomegranate seeds and with chopped parsley, and serve with a dollop of mint yogurt sauce. 
  • To serve to Older Children – Place the meat and veggies in separate piles on their plate. Dice smaller if you need to. Serve the couscous with pomegranate arils and chopped parsley.  Serve the mint yogurt sauce on the side for dipping.
  • Plating for Adults – Serve the steak skewers over couscous with pomegranate seeds and parsley. If desired, you could serve the skewers and sauce wrapped in pita.

 

four plates of za'atar beef kabobs for different ages

 

How kids can help cook Beef Kabobs

One of the best ways of getting kids interested in trying new foods is to have them help you make the meal! Here are some easy and age appropriate ways to get your kids working in the kitchen with you:

  • Kids aged 1 to 3 can help you wash and dry the fresh produce, measure ingredients for the marinade and dip, and help pick mint leaves off of stems.
  • Kids aged 4 to 6 can help do everything above, plus help you slice the squash and orange peppers, whisk the marinade together, and help make the dip.
  • Kids aged 7 to 10+ can help do everything above, plus help you slice the red onion (with supervision), and assemble the skewers.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

 

grilled beef kabobs on tray with mint yogurt dipping sauce

 

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Grilled Za'atar Beef Kabobs

Grilled Za'atar Beef Kabobs

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These easy grilled steak skewers are seasoned with za’atar spice and paired with rainbow vegetables to make flavorful and kid-friendly beef kabobs the whole family will love.

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Za'atar Seasoning

Steak Kabobs:

  • 2.5 lb top sirloin steak
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Mint Yogurt Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • dash of salt and pepper

To Serve:

  • 1 box plain couscous, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

Marinade:

  • Blend all the ingredients for the marinade together.
  • Cut the steak into 1" pieces, trimming any fat as you go.
  • Place the beef in the marinade and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes, or up to overnight, refrigerated.

To prepare the kabobs:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Cut the red onion, orange pepper, and yellow squash into 1" pieces.
  3. Thread the marinaded beef cubes onto the skewers alternating with the red onion, orange pepper, yellow squash and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Sear on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side on the hottest part of the grill. Turn down your gas grill to medium-high, or move the kabobs to a medium heat area (ash covered charcoals) to continue cooking for 8 minutes, turning halfway through, or until an internal temperature of 135 F.
  5. Remove from the grill and tent with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.

To prepare the mint-yogurt sauce:

  1. Place the yogurt, mint, garlic, lemon, and olive oil in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into a serving bowl and set aside until ready.

To serve:

  1. Serve with prepared mint yogurt sauce beside for dipping and cooked couscous topped with pomegranate arils and chopped parsley

Notes

If using wooden skewers for grilling, place the skewers in some water to soak for 20 minutes before grilling to reduce charring.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1086 Total Fat: 70g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 42g Cholesterol: 263mg Sodium: 366mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 85g

 

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Noelle
    April 26, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    All your tips really helped, they turned out great! Great ideas for things put on the kebob too 🙂

  • Reply
    Taryn
    April 26, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    We loved how colorful and flavorful these beef kabobs were! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Reply
    Jade
    April 26, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Thanks for the tips on how to get kids involved. I’ve got 3 kids that span in age from 2 to 10. It’s nice to get everyone involved in the kitchen to make something so yummy.

  • Reply
    Paul
    April 26, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Great recipe! The mint yogurt sauce may be the best part.

  • Reply
    Renee Goerger
    May 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    This recipe is always a crowd pleaser. I love to serve these beef kabobs for dinner parties!

  • Reply
    Helen
    May 21, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Oh how wonderful! I have a picky toddler who I suspect would like these. Love the ideas for adaptations too 😋

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