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Tropical Kabobs {Quick Dinner Fixins}

Tropical kabobs are skewers of chicken, shrimp, and pineapple that have been marinated in a tropical flavored marinade. Easy to make, and so delicious!

Tropical kabobs are skewers of chicken, shrimp, and pineapple that have been marinated in a tropical flavored marinade. \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but we’ve been stuck in a heat wave of the tropical sort for one too many days in a row. The weather finally broke and we are back in the comfortable range, but I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what the weather, someone is going to be complaining about it.

Inspired by the heat (or maybe suffering from a minor unexpected heat stroke) and a bottle of coconut oil the kind people at Kelapo sent me, I set out to create some island inspired tropical kabobs.

Knowing nothing of the islands, or what supper would be like there, pineapple in one hand and coconut oil in the other, I pretty much decided to wing this one.

Tropical kabobs are skewers of chicken, shrimp, and pineapple that have been marinated in a tropical flavored marinade. \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

I had never worked with coconut oil before this meal, and to be honest, I tried a few other recipes (to be posted soon) with it as well just to get a better feel for it. When I mentioned coconut oil to people, it seems their opinions vary in that its either a health fad that’s amazing for you or that it is possible the worst thing in the world for you.

What I can tell you though, is that despite every other form of coconut I have worked with has been strong in flavor, this oil is rather mild. I anticipated my house would smell like the tropics when I opened the jar, but it didn’t (easily corrected by lighting some fancy candles) and the flavor wasn’t over powering in the other recipes I tried at all. I loved the coconut flavor of the rice, but I’m not sure how much of that can be contributed to coconut oil. The rice did cook in and absorb two cups of coconut milk.

This is a product I am definitely interested in, and will be working more with. But for now, I’m rather neutral on it (which is probably a good thing as its an oil). I can’t wait to experiment more though with nibbles like this granola recipe from Katrina’s Kitchen!

Selected for you :   Grilled Tequila Shrimp Salad

grilled pineapple, used to make tropical chicken and shrimp kabobs. Recipe on PassTheSushi.com


Lisa

Sunday 10th of July 2011

Those are some of the prettiest kabobs I've ever seen, not to mention, delicious and wow, amazing photos and plating! What a fantastic way to use the coconut oil! I just made a tropical carrot cake using it..so moist and yummy!

Eliot

Monday 27th of June 2011

I, too, am dying to try Katrina's granola, but I just made some coconut ice cream and I wonder how I could incorporate coconut oil in that for more coconutty taste?? And, maybe try it in baking! I will join your RSS feed and and email subscription.

Lindsey@Lindselicious

Sunday 26th of June 2011

I love your use of coconut oil! My trainner has been telling me to take some (as in swallow a spoonful)- its supposed to help your metabolism speed up. I might have to start slower and cook with it first.

Cassie @ Bake Your Day

Sunday 26th of June 2011

This sounds so awesome, I love grilled pineapple and the coconut rice sounds refreshing! I would just have to experiment with the coconut oil, I've never used it before! I follow you on FB and Twitter!

Liz

Sunday 26th of June 2011

What gorgeous kabobs, Kita! I have some of that coconut oil myself...and I'm going to try some in my next batch of rice. YUM.