Brazilian Grilled Pork Kabobs with Vegetable Quinoa and Brown Rice

Kabobs are one of those foods that are easy to make and fun to eat.  As I was thinking about this recipe, my first thought went to chicken or beef for the protein, but then I asked myself, “Why do you always limit your choices between chicken or beef?  What about pork?”  And I realized I had never made a pork kabob before!

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Red Quinoa and Bacon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Red Quinoa and Bacon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

I’m pretty open minded when it comes to cooking with an ingredient I haven’t used before. So the first time I saw a recipe listing an ingredient called ‘quinoa,’ I was curious and looked it up.

Interestingly, I read that it was a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.  “Okay,” I thought, “That’s not so bad.”  Reading further, I saw that quinoa is related to a species of tumbleweed.  What? No way! That had to be a joke.

So the skeptic within me tried another search, asking the internet universe, “Is the grain quinoa, related to a tumbleweed?”  Surprisingly, there were many results indicating that it was true.  Huh. (I still think it’s a joke.)

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