Confession: Not everything I cook is totally homemade. There are some meals I put together using convenience foods. Why? Several reasons and time is one of the main ones. Some busy days do not allow for a lot of time to be spent in the kitchen. I had one of those busy days recently and made this simple Cuban meal. As I was cooking, I thought about how the question “What do you cook for a quick everyday meal?” comes up frequently on twitter and facebook. I think there are many people who want a variety of good, quick dinners they can make for their family after a hectic day. That is why I am sharing an easy weeknight menu.
This simple Cuban meal is one with few ingredients. It utilizes a marinade, packaged rice, and canned beans found at a regular grocery store. So simple, a recipe is not needed (but I’ll include one for reference). The meal consists of mojo criollo marinated pork tenderloins, black beans topped with red wine marinated shallots, and yellow rice. Serve it with a bread such as Cuban, French, or dinner rolls and dinner is complete. Well, and perhaps some wine to go with it too.
Here is a shopping list:
- Pork tenderloins
- Bottle of Mojo Criollo marinade
- Canned black beans
- Package of yellow rice
- Shallots (or you can use red onion)
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Bread – Cuban, French, or dinner rolls
There are not many steps to cook the meal. Remember to get the pork marinating in the morning. The rest is done later. When it is finished you can enjoy a tasty Cuban meal with your family. That is the important part anyway. Sitting down and having a relaxed dinner and conversation with loved ones is what counts.
Do you use convenience foods? Which ones are staples in your pantry or refrigerator? Canned beans, granola bars, mayonnaise, and jelly are some of the foods I purchase regularly instead of making homemade. They are on my list of things to make though. Stay tuned…
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