It's a good thing I'm not a professional blogger, because I'd never be able to make a living at it! I'm so far behind at posting the lunches shown on my #lunch challenge to my self on Instagram! But it doesn't really matter - it's all just for fun - right? Anyway - here's round four. Happy lunching!
The possibilities of ingredients in the salad are endless. Here is what I included in the photo above: old school iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, salami, pastrami, ham and provolone cheese.
The real star of the show is the dressing; whisk together 1/2 cup good olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Cuban Spiced Pork, Beans & Rice and Fried Plantains
I used the recipes here to make the meat and beans & rice. Too late, I discovered all I had in the pantry were white beans - so I had to sub them out for black ones! It still tasted great. As for the meat, I used a pork loin; I ditched the orange juice from the marinade in the recipe link above. I grilled it over medium heat about 20 minutes a side. It could also be baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Either way, it should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
For the plantains: Peel and slice a very ripe plantain. Fry in oil over medium heat until brown on both sides, Remove from pan and dip each slice in cold salted water. Remove from water and using a fork, gently press down on each piece. Return to pan and fry a second time, until each side is very brown. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve.
Mango Curry - serves at least two
Saute in 2 tablespoons of vegetable or coconut oil: 1 sliced white or yellow onion red, yellow and green bell pepper slices - enough to equal one pepper A bunch of chopped cilantro, including stems 1 small green chili like a Serrano or jalapeno 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, diced
Saute an additional 30 seconds: 1 clove garlic put through press 2 tablespoons red curry paste, such as Thai Kitchen brand
Add: 1 (15 oz.) can coconut milk 1 cup washed and snapped green beans When green beans are tender add: 1 peeled and cubed ripe mango
Serve: Over hot cooked rice or rice noodles Add cooked shrimp or chicken if desired
Use a fairly good sized chicken - like around 3 pounds or over
The easy way: sprinkle the chicken all over with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Roast in a pan or baking sheet with sides at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour and 30 minutes.
The just a little bit harder way: Mix together 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon oregano,1 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. and 1 garlic clove put through press. Rub all over the chicken. Place in a pan or baking sheet with sides and roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour and 30 minutes.