Thursday, July 21, 2011

Simple Pork Kebabs and Lovely Sauted Greens

Just finished the most lovely meal.  This morning I was feeling uninspired so I wanted something simple and healthy.  My expectations where exceeded...

Simple Tuscan Inspired Pork Kebabs
Serves 2 -3

  • 300grams/12 ounces pork sirloin, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • fresh herbs, oregano, thyme, rosemary
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1 onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 4-6 large cherry tomatoes

  1. Toss the pork in a glass bowl or casserole dish with the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, herbs, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.  Let marinate 6 - 12 hours.  Turn occasionally
  2. About an hour before cooking add in the zucchini, onion and tomatoes to the marinating pork and toss well.
  3. Load the pork, zucchini, onions and tomatoes onto skewers.
  4. Preheat a grill to high heat.
  5. Grill the kebabs on each side for about 4 - 6 minutes each until the meat is browned and cooked through.

Lovely Sauteed Greens
Serves 2 -3

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 -6 cups of greens, I used beet greens and some spinach
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat
  2. Saute the onion until soft and lightly browned
  3. Toss in the garlic and saute for about 20 seconds
  4. Add in the greens, reduce heat to medium, tossing the greens until they are wilted
  5. Toss in the red wine vinegar
  6. Season with Salt and Pepper as necessary (to taste) and serve sprinkled with a bit of Parmesan if you wish.

I could not believe how awesome these greens were.  I usually need cheese on my greens but these were great without any cheese....  Even my mom loved them and she doesn't typically enjoy bitter greens.  The red wine vinegar really balances out the flavours of the bitter greens.

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