Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fresh + Easy 30 Minute Summer Meal

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oh, summertime let me count the ways I love you. Aside from longer days there’s nothing better than fresh fruits + veggies and grilling out. However, sometimes it’s hard to grill mid-week when you’re playing with your kids, working out, mowing the lawn or a number of other things that fill your time in the evening.

With that said, I focus on quick, easy, fresh and better for you meals during the week. Think real flavor, real fast in 30 minutes or less. Yes, you read that correctly - 30 minutes or less! Wednesday was one of those nights. I opened the fridge and thought, what can I whip up tonight?

Luckily during my last trip to Safeway I grabbed a Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet and a ton of fresh veggies. Since the grill master was busy mowing the lawn I popped the pork loin into the oven and got busy chopping veggies and boiling water for sweet corn!

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Let’s talk veggies -- I made a simple salad using cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber. During the summer this is a staple. It’s simple and classic. Sometimes I mix it up and add feta, olives, avocado or even bacon!  

Summer Cucumber Salad
serves 4-6

Ingredients
½ - 1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions
Place tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion into a large salad bowl. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.



Friends this salad is so yummy even my toddler eats it -- red onions and all! #momwin Not only did she enjoy the salad, she also loved Smithfield Applewood Bacon Pork Loin Filet. Oh, since it was topped with bacon, cooking it in the oven was a good call. You don’t want to lose any of the bacon ;)  I love how juicy the pork loin is, it’s truly is real flavor, real fast.

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.

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The next time you’re at Safeway check out the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork options in the fresh meat section.

Just remember when you're shopping Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork = Real Flavor Real Fast.

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What's your favorite meal to whip up in 30 minutes or less?

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