marinades

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 4 hours; 30 minutes active

Servings: 6

A pineapple, coconut milk marinade serves double duty as a tenderizer and, once cooked down, a rich, spicy sauce to drizzle over the grilled kebabs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 large red bell peppers

  • 1 small pineapple, peeled and cored

  • 1/2 red onion

  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, honey, Sriracha sauce and soy sauce. Reserve.

  2. Cut the pepper, red onion, and pineapple into 1 1/2-inch chunks and add to the marinade. Slice each chicken breast into thirds lengthwise and widthwise into 9 similar-sized pieces. Place in the marinade and toss to coat, then refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours.

  3. Heat the grill and thread the chicken, peppers, onion, and pineapple onto 6 skewers, alternating the ingredients. Put the leftover marinade in a small pot and bring it to a vigorous boil, and cook until a meat or kitchen thermometer reads 165°F and sauce has reduced and thickened. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  4. When the grill is hot, use tongs to dip a wad of paper towel into a tablespoon of vegetable oil and swab the hot grill with it. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, moving the skewers to a cooler part of the grill if the pineapple and chicken show signs of burning. Serve the skewers drizzled with the sauce.

Serving Suggestion

A platter of jasmine or basmati rice studded with shredded coconut and just a dash of curry powder is a great base for the sweet and slightly spicy skewers. They’re also a tasty appetizer course, served with a chilled fruity Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier.

Nutritional Information

130 calories, 7 g. fat, 20 mg. cholesterol, 65 mg. sodium, 16 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 1 g. protein

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Marinated Portabello Mushroom Sandwiches

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: approximately 4

These marinated portabello sandwiches offer plenty of flavor and heft to please eaters of all types. 

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed or ground

  • 1 pound portabello mushrooms

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 ciabatta rolls

  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, sliced

  • 4 ounces shredded romaine lettuce

Sun-dried Pesto Spread

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Scrape out and discard the gills of each mushroom. Cut caps into 1/2-inch thick slices. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, vinegar, oregano and fennel, reserving 2 tablespoons. Place the sliced portabellos in the marinade for 20 minutes. Mix together the onion and remaining marinade in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Place tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan in a food processor and blend until the mixture is a spreadable paste, adding water as needed. Season to taste with pepper and set aside.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and sauté for 5-10 minutes until just tender. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. To assemble sandwiches, place provolone slices on the bottom half of each ciabatta roll, then divide the sun-dried tomato spread, sautéed mushrooms, marinated onions and lettuce evenly among the four sandwiches. Top with the other half of the roll and serve.

Serving Suggestion

Lightly grill the ciabatta rolls before assembling the sandwiches and serve with a tangy bean or balsamic potato salad. Olive lovers will appreciate a smear of tapenade in their sandwich. In a hurry? Use a prepared pesto.

Nutritional Information

522 calories, 23 g. fat, 24 mg. cholesterol, 797 mg. sodium, 60 g. carbohydrate, 9 g. fiber, 23 g. protein

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