Hey all! The sun is finally shining here over here on the East Coast, which means our barbeque is coming out of hibernation! One of my favourite things to prepare for the bbq are skewers…skewers of all sorts! I usually use pork tenderloin or chicken because they’re nice and lean but you could do any meat you prefer. Read on for a simple marinade to use for your next bbq.
What I’ve also been doing lately is making enough to have for my husband, my toddler and I and making a bit extra to purée, dice, or mash up for my baby. For example, I made up some baked sweet potatoes and green beans to go with my pork skewers and I was able to purée the veggies and have a few meals made for Parker too. This saves a lot of time and energy!
Easy Pork Skewers
Serves 6-8 (two tenderloins)
- 2 tbsp Oregano
- 1 tbsp Rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp black Pepper
- Olive oil
In a small bowl, mix together spices. Add 2-3 tbsp olive oil and stir to make a paste. Rub spice mixture over tenderloins, place in a container or resealable bag and refrigerate for at least one hour before cooking. When ready to cook, cut into cubes and skewer.
For baby food:
Steam the green beans until soft. Add beans and a bit of water to a magic bullet or blender. I also added some quinoa to mine for some added protein. Blend, divide amongst ice cube trays, freeze, serve when ready to use.
Preheat oven to 400°. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes, make one extra for baby food. Poke holes with a fork, place on foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle potatoes with olive oil. Cover with foil, bake 45-60 minutes.
Cut in half, and scoop out insides to add to magic bullet or blender. Add a bit of water and any spice you like (try curry or cinnamon, so yummy!) and purée to desired consistency. Divide amongst ice cube trays, freeze, serve when ready to use.
This was a tasty meal for the whole family and I didn’t have to make separate food for the baby. As a busy mom, I try to save time wherever I can. If you’ve got little ones, make a little extra and get some baby food stocked in you’re freezer too next time you’re cooking up some vegetables for yourself!