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Pork-and-Pineapple Kebabs

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
Yield 2 servings
Skewer cubes of marinated pork tenderloin with cubed fresh pineapple and sliced red bell pepper, then grill, for a healthy kebab entree that's perfect for warm spring and summer evenings.  Serve with fresh cut veggies and white rice for a complete meal. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh onion
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 (1-inch) cubes fresh pineapple
  • 8 (1-inch) pieces red bell pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 248
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 5 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 25.9 g
  • carbohydrate 25.5 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 79 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 573 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Trim the fat from pork, and cut the pork into 8 (1-inch) cubes. Combine brown sugar and the next 7 ingredients (brown sugar through bay leaf) in a large zip-top heavy-duty plastic bag; add the pork cubes. Seal the bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour, turning bag occasionally. (To keep the texture of the pork from becoming mushy, marinate it for no more than 1 hour.)

    Marinating Meat
  2. Remove pork from bag, reserving marinade. Discard bay leaf. Thread 4 pork cubes, 4 pineapple cubes, and 4 bell pepper pieces alternately onto each of 2 (10-inch) skewers.

  3. Prepare grill. Place kebabs on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and cook 14 minutes or until done, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade.

  4. Note: Canned pineapple can be substituted for fresh. Drain 1 (8-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple chunks, reserving 16 chunks.

Cook's Notes

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