I am all for shortcuts when it comes to making dinner these days. But not if it tastes like a shortcut, you know? That is why I tend to stay away from the Take This Prepared Food and Add This Prepared Food and Add a Jar of Ready Made Sauce style "recipes." I would rather take the family to In-n-Out Burger.
But the other night when we were out to dinner with some serious foodie friends, the Mrs. of the couple shared a secret recipe involving two of Trader Joe's, you guessed it, prepared food items. I couldn't help but take note...she looked around to see if anyone was watching or listening (we were at a rather fancy restaurant) and leaned in rather surreptitiously to tell me the formula. She told me to not judge it and just try it for myself. And, as someone who almost always does what she is told, I went to get the ingredients and proceeded to make it last night. I have to admit, B was liking the dish so much I didn't want to admit to my secret!
The only trick, I guess, is that you have to have a Trader Joe's in your area...and to those of you who don't, what can I say? My heart goes out to you.
Lisa's Shredded Pork and Chimichurri Rice
1 bag Trader Joe's Peruvian Style Chimichurri Rice (in the freezer section)
1 piece of Trader Joe's Cooked Carnitas (in the refrigerator section), shredded
Veggies (Lisa says she likes to "bump up the produce" with this recipe...just saute whatever veggies you'd like before adding the rice to the pan. I used half an onion and a yellow bell pepper.)
Saute veggies in olive oil in a pan over medium high heat until soft. Add rice, carnitas meat and 2 tablespoons water and stir fry the whole thing for about 4 or 5 minutes. Voila!
(Don't be dumb like me -- tell your husband you slaved over the hot stove all afternoon!)
(Also, if you have another easy great recipe like this, please share!)
The one drawback to this dish is that it isn't very photogenic. Thus, no photos of last night's dinner.