Monday, March 9, 2009

Aromatic pork kabobs

Pork and bacon are extremely filling and they make it easy to control portion size and calories.
I have planned each of these kabobs to include 2 oz of meat and 1/2 oz of bacon, a full and healthy portion for someone who wants to lose weight, or if you are maintaining, just go ahead and have two.

For the whole recipe (8 kabobs) you need:

1 pound of lean pork cut in cubes, you ideally need to come up with about 40 cubes
4-5 oz bacon, cut in small pieces, you need 32 pieces
32 prune halves
3 pinches cinnamon
1 tbsp cumin
3 pinches black pepper
2 pinches salt
1/2 cup green onions, chopped

This is a recipe that requires the separate preparation of ingredients.

1. Soak the skewers in water, for about 20 minutes. If you are not using wooden skewers, skip this step.

2. Mix the pork and the spices and onions, and let them sit for about 20-30 minutes.

3. While 1 and 2 are in progress, divide the prunes in halves and portion out the bacon pieces.

4. This is the fun part: take a skewer and start placing the pork on them in the following order:
pork - bacon - prune - pork, finishing with pork

5. You can grill or cook them in a pan. Either way, start with medium heat, turning over on all sides and finish with higher temperature toward the end, once you make sure the insides if the pork aren't pink anymore.

I love to baste the kabobs with freshly squeezed orange juice mixed with a few drops of whiskey, but this is optional.

These kabobs taste amazing cold, so they are great to take to work. You can also wrap them in a tortilla or some lavash bread, making them a full postworkout meal.

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