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Hayden Quinn's BBQ Beef Skewers
May 18, 2016

It may be creeping into the cooler months but in true Aussie style we barbecue all year round with culinary Superstar and current Master Trainer student Hayden Quinn’s BBQ Beef and Vegetable Skewers recipe!

Flavoursome, fresh and  fabulous, this mouth watering dish is perfect for that sunday lunch gathering or a mid week quickie as it is high in protein, fibre, vitamins and prep time is minimal provided you marinade in advance.

Our nutrition expert Shivaun Conn says the vegetables in this meal make it high in fibre, vitamins and minerals.“Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.”

The marinade is really healthy, contains no sugar and is rich in healthy fats from the olive oil, which has been shown to offer some protection against chronic diseases by reducing pro-inflammatory mediators shares Shivaun.

Watch for other recipes that are lower in vegetables or include a fattier cut of meat as this would push up the kJ and saturated fat content.

You can fine peri peri seasoning in the spice section of your supermarket, or you can substitute with Moroccan seasoning of your favorite spice combinations. To try this meal a different way substitute the sirloin with pork, lamb or chicken

After a post workout meal? You may want to team the skewers with a wholegrain bread roll to beef up the carb intake.

Barbecued Portuguese Beef & Vegetable Skewers


PREPARATION: 20 MINS + marinating



:: You will need 8-10 20cm metal skewers

2½ tbs ground peri peri spice seasoning

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tbs finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

125ml (½ cup) extra virgin olive oil

800g sirloin steak, cut into 2cm chunks

1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges

1 small red capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces

1 small yellow capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces

1 large sweet potato, cut into 1.5cm rough chunks


  • To make the marinade, place peri peri, garlic, parsley and oil in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add sirloin, onion, capsicum and sweet potato; season to taste and toss to combine. Marinade for 3 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat a barbecue to high. Thread sirloin, onion, capsicum and sweet potato onto the skewers. Cook skewers, turning frequently for 6-8 minutes or until sweet potato and sirloin are cooked.

  • Serve immediately with flatbread and natural yoghurt and enjoy!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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