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30 Days of Cooking Light–Day 15. Spiced Pork and Red Pepper Skewers with Meteoric Mango Sauce

August 3, 2011

You can find the recipe here:

Oh my gosh these were delicious! I am still working on using up some of the random ingredients that I have accumulated during the challenge. I had leftover black bean salad from last night and was still totally grooving on the whole mango thing…the delicious Caribbean-like  flavors of the pork skewers were intriguing and I knew that the two dishes would totally compliment each other.

In the interest of full disclosure–I omitted the jalapeno and the Old Bay Seasoning and added 2 tsp cumin and 1/ 4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper for the pork marinade. I knew that the cumin would work better with my leftover black beans and I love the way that this dish came together!

I could not find a plain pork tenderloin at my supermarket…for some reason they only sell the ones floating in a salty crappy marinade…so I bought a pound of pork loin chops from the butcher counter and chopped those up instead.

Morgan and I whipped up the mango sauce without missing a beat. We didn’t have green onions so we put in an equal amount of finely minced red onion.  The skewers took about 5 minutes to assemble once the pork and bell peppers were chopped and rather than the appetizer portion called for in the original recipe, I threaded 10 entree portions. Cooking time was increased slightly (12 minutes) to account for more pork per skewer.

Jeremy and I both exclaimed that these would be perfect for a BBQ with friends by the pool. Easily doubled or tripled and quick to prepare!  The kids sat this one out and ate some leftover quiche from lunch. I’m pretty sure that Leighton would have gone for it…but Morgan was leery of all of the busy colors and spices.

**And to answer Laura’s comment 🙂 I wish that I could cook for all of you that read my blog. There is nothing that I love more than feeding my friends and family. It makes me happy!  And Morgan is on a high calorie diet because he was 36″ tall at his doctor’s appt last week and only 26 lbs. My tiny peanut boy is falling a bit behind on weight because he is at a busy age where most toddlers rely on their fat reserves to get by. Sadly, Morgan has no fat reserves and we are working hard to keep up.  Hence, the quiche for lunch. Both kids tucked in to the Ham and Swiss Quiche at lunch and made short work of half of it! I was thrilled to have discovered the perfect high calorie toddler food that also works wonderfully as a finger food for Leighton when chilled and cut into “fingers”. They each had seconds and eagerly awaited leftovers for dinner.  There will be tons of avocado, peanut butter, cheese, and full fat yogurt in our future. Oh to have this as a problem!!

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  1. Laura Hodges permalink
    August 3, 2011 3:34 am

    Bless Mo Man’s heart….he is fortunate now to have an interested and loving Mom dedicated to helping him pack on some reserve energy! I thought I remembered you mentioning something earlier about his weight and early development. I’ll add this dude to my prayer list. One day when he is a full grown man and taller and bigger than all of us, we will be grateful for his ‘come from behind’ win….I am so proud of you, too, Jennifer….you are an excellent Mom!

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