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Review and a Recipe: Simply Organic Pineapple Cilantro Spice Mix

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I don't know about you, but I am loving these reviews.  They are making me feel so creative!

This week, I reviewed a product from another brand I'm already a fan of, Simply Organic.  Simply Organic is a delightful line of organic spices and spice mixes.  I received some of their basic spices as a Christmas gift a year or two ago, but I had no idea that they offer baking mixes, chili mixes, dips, flavors & extracts, gravies, grilling seasonings, salad dressings and more.  A delicious surprise.


For my review, I picked up two of the salad dressing mixes- Pineapple Cilantro and Apple Basil.  I had a pork loin to use and I figured I could make either mix part of my meal.  I ended up using the Pineapple Cilantro mix as the base for a marinade, and ultimately a mix-in for my side dish, as well.  I felt very clever.  Here's what I did:
 Used the Simply Organic salad dressing mix along with a few other ingredients (see below) to marinate my pork in.Threw some scallions in a frying pan with some olive oil, then added the marinated pork and cooked through. Removed the pork, added more scallions, some leftover rice and some pineapple juice to pan juices.
One.  Pot.  Meal.

What a time saver this was!  I literally made this meal in 10-15 minutes.  This would also be a tasty choice for the grill, but the rice would need to be done separately and it probably wouldn't be quite so quick.  I really enjoyed the mix- the pineapple flavor came through nicely with a little extra kick from the pineapple juice.  The pork turned out nice and moist, and the flavors complimented the meat well.  These mixes would be really good to have on hand in a pinch (and probably would make a great salad dressing, too).  Thumbs up.

 Pineapple Cilantro Pork with Quick Scallion Rice

1 lb pork loin, cut into 6-8 slices
1 packet Simply Organic Pineapple Cilantro Salad Dressing Mix
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra tablespoon for sauteing
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 reserved for later
2 tablespoons vinegar (I used regular white, you could use champagne or whatever suits you)
1 bunch scallions, half reserved for later
3-4 cups leftover or pre-cooked rice

1. A few hours before cooking time or the night before, combine the Simply Organic mix, olive oil, water, 1/4 cup pineapple juice and vinegar in a Ziploc bag.  Add the pork and let rest in the refrigerate until you're ready to cook.

2. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, then add half of the scallions and cook for a minute.  When the pan is clearly hot, add the pork slices, generously covered with the marinade.  Cook through, about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your slices.  Remove the pork and let rest under aluminum foil.

3.  Add cooked rice to the pan with reserved scallions and pineapple juice.  Stir until ingredients are heated through.  Return the pork to the pan and serve immediately.



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