Easter Recipes: Veggie Packets & Fruit Ka-bobs

Easter with the Luzas has shifted over the last few years from a BBQ feast–with a lot of wee-hours-of-the-morning cooking–to a hamburgers/hot-dogs lunch. It’s not as yummy, but it’s a lot less work, especially for a devoted few.

Last year, I honestly don’t remember what I ate. I probably took veggie patties and soy dogs.

This year, we were only going to be there for the one/big meal, so I opted for veggie packets and fruit kabobs. Along with chips, this was our contribution to the family meal.

Veggie Packets


  • Chop onion into ~8 sections; with it’s natural layers, grabbing a wedge for each packet will be easy.
  • Chop or slice vegetables for ease of scooping 1/4 cup portions.
  • To make ~40 packets, this took me ~2 hours.


  • two layers of foil
  • 1/4 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup sliced yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 small wedge of onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • a pinch of thyme
  • salt & pepper

Double-fold the packets along the top and then fold in the ends.


  • Grill over a hot fire for ~15 minutes.
  • Our grills were VERY hot that day, so we put them on the top rack.
  • In our case, they were done when the foil started to change color.

Fruit Ka-bobs

Thanks for my friends on Twitter and facebook, I knew what fruits would grill well!


Clean and cut fruit into wedges big enough to slide onto skewers and not fall between the slats on the grill. This took me about an hour.


  • apples
  • pears
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • mango (given the size of the mango pit, this was by-far the hardest to work with)


Soak wooden skewers in water to keep them fire resistant. Some also advised soaking the fruit in water to prevent burning.


  • Have each person assemble their favorites into a ka-bob.
  • Sprinkle a little sugar on each ka-bob.
  • Grill over a hot flame for ~5 minutes, turning one time.
  • You know they are done when the fruit has grill marks.

The apples and pears will taste like bites of pie. The strawberries are unlike any I’d ever had.

I can’t speak to the pineapple or mango since I can’t stand the stuff, but it was quickly claimed when we packed up after lunch and divided all the leftovers!


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