Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.
Trips to Safeway are part of my weekly routine, they make it so easy to find fresh, quality ingredients to make my family an easy and delicious meal. Not only do they have an awesome produce department, but they have a wide variety of choices in their fresh meat department too, including Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. Smithfield Marinated Pork comes in a variety of cuts (loin filets, sirloin or tenderloin) and flavors. It makes cooking easier.
With Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, a bulk of the work is done for you, amazing marinades add flavor and allow you to prepare a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less. For me, and these crazy end of the of the school year days, that’s a big deal.
I’m all about making things easier on myself, which includes strategizing my easy summer meals by cooking less and using leftovers more. The Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filets allow me to cook once, and then use the pork for multiple meals that week. When we’re talking about leftovers, that’s real flavor, real fast.
Usually when we think about making tacos, it’s grabbing chicken or beef, plus seasoning, tortilla shells, and veggies. It ends up being more prep time than I want, never mind that the flavor of the meat is never quite what I want, but Smithfield Marinated Pork changes all of that. Having the marinated pork frees up my prep time and allows me to make a meal for my family in 30 minutes or less.
Another tip for family friendly recipes? Find ways for the kids to help! The mini heirloom tomatoes in my Summer Pork Lettuce Wrap are easy for my daughter to help cut with a plastic knife, which is a great way for kids to get involved with meal prep. In fact, the veggie prep and cooking the pork is so easy that dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes.
The Summer Pork Lettuce Wrap is made with fresh ingredients, and pairs well with my favorite garlic fries! They’re a bit messy, but they sure are delicious!
Summer Pork Lettuce Wrap
1 Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup red and yellow mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
½ cup chopped red onion
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. (I used a stainless skillet.) Stir fry half the pork 7 to 8 minutes until browned. Place pork in a single layer on baking sheet to cool.
- Repeat with another 1 tablespoon oil and remaining pork.
- Combine tomatoes, onion, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and vinegar in the same pan you cooked the pork in.
- Stir in pork until well blended. Gently toss in feta.
- Use large leafs of lettuce as “taco shells” and fill with pork mixture, add salt and pepper as desired.
Once you’ve prepared your pork, refrigerate unused portions promptly. You should never eat pork that’s been sitting out longer than 1 or 2 hours. Only store leftovers in the coldest part of the refrigerator and for no more than 4-5 days. – But who are we kidding? The Marinated Fresh Pork is so tasty, I’m sure you’ll be eating it the very next day!
Smithfield is also challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in about 30 minutes with their “What Can You Do With 30?” meal and tip contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com