One thing you should know about me is that I am an advocate for meal planning and prepping. It saves time, money and inches off the waist. But often times life gets in the way and you have to come up with an answer to the dreaded question…”What’s for dinner?” I shudder just thinking about it, and the mere mention of it makes me want to run and hide. I don’t know about you, but I get feelings of inadequacy for not planning better. When you have so much on your plate things tend to get back burnered (pardon the puns). You can all come out of hiding now, because I have a few tips and tricks that I use to help me when time isn’t on my side.
Tip #1 Frozen and Quick Cooking Grains
When you are trying to get dinner on the table every second counts. Because of this, I like to keep frozen or quick cooking grains on hand. You can buy frozen grains like brown rice or you can cook and freeze it yourself for when you need a little extra help in the kitchen. I also like to keep quick cooking grains like couscous in my pantry. It cooks in about 5 minutes and when you throw in a few extra toppings like sautéed mushrooms and shallots it makes the dish shine.
Tip #2 Prewashed and Pre-cut Veggies
Prepping vegetables is time consuming, but having prewashed greens and pre-cut veggies can be a real time saver. With it you can easily throw together a quick salad, sautéed greens or roasted vegetables. I always encourage you to prep your own vegetables, because it’s a little more expensive to buy the prewashed and pre-cut varieties. However, it’s always good to have a backup ready when you are pressed for time.
Tip #3 Pre-Marinated Meat
No meal would be complete without the main attraction: a juicy lean cut of meat. I recently discovered Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork at my local Safeway. I love it because it can be made in 30 minutes or less and comes in a variety of cuts (Tenderloin, Pork Loin Filet, and Roasts) and flavors like:
- Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet
- Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet
- Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Flavor Pork Tenderloin
- Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet
…And that’s just to name a few. No need to add salt either, as it is perfectly seasoned and ready to cook. All the different flavors make it easy to combat weeknight dinner boredom, just switch it up each week. Pork loin and tenderloin are one of the leanest cuts of meat which is great when you are trying to prepare a healthy meal fast. It’s a versatile cut that really allows you to be creative. You can toss leftovers in a breakfast scramble and then for lunch add it in a soup, salad, taco or burrito bowl. The options are only limited by your imagination. I like to pan sear it then add it to my pressure cooker with a little bit of chicken stock for tender and juicy pulled pork. Again, all of this in 30 minutes or less.
Whether grilled, roasted or sautéed, Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork delivers Real Flavor, Real Fast, and is ready in 30 minutes or less. It’s perfect for any night of the week!
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- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet
- ¾ Cup Chicken Stock
- 12 warmed 6 inch Corn Tortillas
- 1 Avocado diced
- 2 Radish Sliced Thin
- 1 Cup Cilantro, Stems Removed
- 1 Cup Pickled Red Onions
- 8 Ounces Queso Fresco Crumbled
- 1 Lime
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your pressure cooker and pan sear the pork loin filet until browned (about 2 minutes on each side).
- Remove loin filet and slice into 1 inch thick pieces.
- Add pork loin slices back in the pressure cooker with chicken stock and cook on high for 25 minutes.
- While pork is cooking, brown tortillas in a dry skillet or in a pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil to make it golden brown. ( you may need to do this in batches)
- Once the pork loin is finished cooking allow it to rest for about 5 minutes and shred it into bite-sized pieces using forks.
- Start assembling tacos with the remaining ingredients.
- Finish by squeezing fresh lime juice on top.
Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine.