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Who here celebrates the Chinese New Year? I have to admit I’m a total noob when it comes to this increasingly popular cultural event. I starting researching it last year for a homeschool project the kids and I were doing and I became fascinated with the whole tradition. The 15 days of parades, festivals and parties put our pitiful New Year’s fireworks and midnight smooches to shame. Honestly.
The Chinese New Year starts on February 8th this year and the celebration lasts until the 22nd, culminating in the Lantern Festival. On this brightly lit night, thousands of lanterns line the streets, hung from homes and storefronts, setting the stage for the processions and colorful performances to end the festivities. Doesn’t that sound AMAZING?! I’m really hoping to take my kids to see a Lantern Festival first hand in the next few years, what an incredible experience that would be.
Since a trip to china isn’t on the radar (yet!), I have to settle for celebrating the Year of the Monkey at home. I’ve picked up some colorful lanterns to hang in the living room, searched Pinterest for some great activities for the kids to do and we will be dining on some Asian inspired cuisine, like these Sweet & Sour Shish Kabobs.
I can’t believe how simple these kabobs are to make, especially considering how good they taste! This recipe is really so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to share it. Almost.
I used a few of my favorite staples from Kroger to create this delicious meal.
Dole Pineapple Chunks – I love to layer my shish kabobs with veggies and fruit, it not only makes it look pretty, it makes it a balanced meal. When I can’t find fresh pineapple I always turn to Dole Pineapple Chunks as my backup. I love the fact that they don’t package their fruit in corn syrup, instead they use 100% pineapple juice. As a bonus they are naturally fat & cholesterol free, low in sodium and rich in vitamin c. Click for a $1.00 off coupon!
Minute Rice Multi-Grain Medley Rice – I always like to serve rice with my kabobs, but I’m not a fan of white rice and plain brown rice doesn’t play well with my taste-buds. That’s why I was thrilled to find that Minute Rice has a new product that is a blend of four gluten-free, 100% whole grains, including long grain brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice and quinoa. The easy portion packaging made it easy to whip up a batch in just 10 minutes.
Now let’s get to the recipe!
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