Plated + Served: Grilled Halloumi and Veggie Kebabs


This recipe brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “grilled cheese.” 

Halloumi  is a semi-hard, unripened brined cheese, so it browns beautifully on the outside, but stays soft and delicious on the inside. That means it won’t melt or drip through the grill racks.

Skewering halloumi (and veggies) can be tricky for some, so cook it on a grilling basket or tray (not a wire basket) instead. And make sure you spray the tray with non-stick spray—that will make the halloumi much easier to turn over the fire.

This recipe is so simple… just a quick brush of olive oil is all you need. The slightly salty taste of the halloumi really goes well with fresh early summer veggies.

“Grilled cheese” anyone? You bet!








Plated + Served: Quick Spicy Chicken Kebabs


I’m trying… Lord knows I’m trying.

Mama said she would eat healthier in the new year, and she has been… but what am I supposed to do when we’ve got a weekend of great (okay, somewhat great) NFL playoffs coming up and the College National Championship game on Monday?

I mean c’mon… five games in three days? It’s all too easy to sit on the couch, stuff you’re face with a bunch of junk food you swore you’d stay away from in the New Year and (no surprise) put on a few extra L-Bs.

Well… you CAN avoid that trap, if you plan ahead and do your best to stay away from the oh-so-delicious hot cheesy dips and platters of brats. Here’s a healthy Spicy Chicken Kebab recipe… but the battle of the brats is up to you.

Spicy Chicken Kabobs



I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: