One of the biggest trends to hit chain restaurants is the sudden proliferation of skewers and kebabs at places like Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, and Red Lobster. It’s a move we fully applaud since it means that the heavy carbs and fatty sauces that end up on most restaurant plates are being replaced with lean protein and vegetables. These red curry pork kebabs have plenty of both, all punched up with an addictive Thai coconut milk curry sauce that you’ll find yourself dipping everything in. Pineapple chunks would be a welcome addition here, too.
240 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 380 mg sodium
Serves 8 Skewers
1⁄2 cup light coconut milk
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 lb pork loin, cut into 3⁄4″ pieces
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped into large pieces
1 large red onion, chopped into large pieces
8 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes (Soaking the skewers will keep them from catching fire on the hot grill.)
How to Make It
- Preheat a grill.
- Combine the coconut milk, curry paste, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and stir to thoroughly blend.
- Transfer half to a separate bowl and reserve.
- Thread the pork, bell pepper, and onion onto the skewers, alternating between the meat and vegetables. Use a brush to paint the skewers with some of the remaining curry sauce.
- When the grill is hot, add the skewers and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, basting with a bit more of the sauce as you go.
- The skewers are done when the meat and vegetables are lightly charred and the pork is firm but still slightly yielding to the touch.
- Brush the kebabs with the reserved sauce before serving.
Eat This Tip
Crazy for Coconut Milk:
More often than not, it’s the creamy component that makes any given dish irresistible, but often that comes at the cost of added fat. However, coconut milk is highly nutritious, plus it’s packed with all sorts of health benefits. Coconuts have a lipid known as lauric acid that is said to help boost your immune system, as well as medium-chain triglycerides which are said to help stimulate energy and aid in weight loss.
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