March 7, 2012

Everyday Food Pork Kebabs with Roasted Squash and Sauteed Greens

The last couple of months have been a constant struggle with my two boys over eating their vegetables. There are a few veggies that they will eat a ton of and others that they will pick around at and refuse to eat more than a bite. Luckily, they are great about eating carrots and salad, but I don't want to limit them to only a few vegetables. My food philosophy with my kids is to put the food in front of them and not pressure them to try it until they're ready. A big part of this effort involves only having healthy snacks in the house and including fruit and vegetables at every meal. I was pleased when I was looking through the January/February issue of Everyday Food Magazine and noticed a recipe for Pork Kebabs with Roasted Squash and Sauteed Greens, which looked full of vegetables and promised 31 grams of protein per serving.

This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 45 minutes of total time, 15 minutes of which is active, and makes 4 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no modifications or substitutions to the ingredients. Make sure to remove all the excess fat and silver skin before preparing the kebabs or the taste will not be as good. Additionally, watch the butternut squash and turn them during the baking time or they will begin to burn. I found that my arugula took slightly longer than the three minutes suggested by the recipe to completely wilt. Also make sure to salt the greens or they will lack flavor.

My two boys loved these kebabs. They were very popular with all members of my household and were very kid friendly. I liked that this recipe included vegetable sides, so there were no other dishes that had to be served along with it. Having everything included in one recipe saved me time and money and the arugula was a nice change of pace from my family's normal vegetable routine. Overall, a recipe that I would make again in the future and a great way to expose kids to a larger variety of foods.

For the recipe go to Pork Kebabs with Roasted Squash and Sauteed Greens.

14 comments:

  1. Arugula - my son's new favorite. He also loves squash, so you've got it all covered.

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    1. My sons are hit or miss with the arugula, half the time they think it's spicy :) That's great that your son loves it!

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  2. This looks sooo good! I don't think I ate squash for the first time until I was a lot older, so it's good your introducing it to your kids now...it's so yummy!
    --Becky

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    1. Thanks :) I was lucky that my mom introduced me to a variety of fruits and vegetables when I was growing up. It helped that we lived in Seattle and there were tons of farmers markets and specialty stores all over the place :)

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  3. Sounds good to me and hopefully your sons will enjoy.

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    1. It was good and my kids ate most of it, which is always great!

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    1. Me too, I have a serious love of corn dogs :) I know that they aren't great for me, but yum!!!

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  5. I think kids will eat anything if you put it on a stick! Heck, I would. :)

    These look great.

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    1. Thanks :) That's very true, my kids will pretty much eat anything when it's on a stick!

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  6. You have an excellent food philosophy for kids. I think when we push them, they rebel. Much better to be relaxed about it. I'm a big butternut squash fan! This recipe looks colorful and a bit Hawaiian. I'm tucking this recipe away for a party! Thanks, Frugal!

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    1. Yeah, I try not to force anything on my kids because they will just never try the food. Most of the time if I leave it up to them they will at least eat some of the food off their plates and the more they see something the more likely they are to eat it regularly. I love butternut squash also, yum!

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  7. Mmm yum! Jumping on board and now following you For Friday hop.
    bloggitymoo.blogspot.com :)

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    1. Thanks :) I've already followed you for a while. Have a great weekend!

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