Summer Grilling & My Aloha Pork Spareribs Recipe

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SONY DSC photo-159 One of the things I love about summer, is being able to grill outside. The scenery outside is a lot better than in the kitchen! Most weekends, you can find me grilling out back. I like to create new grilling recipes, like my Aloha Pork Spareribs! I also like to keep my recipes as simple as possible, I don’t have time for a bunch of ingredients and complicated recipes. Do you? Probably not! Recipes don’t need a hundred ingredients and twenty steps to be good. I have an uncle that makes the best bar-b-q sauce in the world, and he uses about 5 ingredients total. If only he’d give me that recipe! LOL! I had to go to my neighborhood Smart & Final to pick up some pork spareribs and a few other ingredients for my meal. I can always find lean & meaty  spareribs at Smart & Final. You can view more of my shopping pics on my Google+ album Once I got home, I gathered up my ingredients and went to work. I usually use bar-b-q sauce when I grill, but this time I decided to switch it up a bit and use a rub. SONY DSC GRILLED ALOHA PORK SPARERIBS

3 lbs Pork Spareribs

8 Tablespoons Grill Mates Barbecue Seasoning

1 Lemon

1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice from can of crushed pineapple (juice not syrup- you can save the actual crushed pineapple to use at a later date. I usually make a fruit salad with it.)

3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

Place the ribs on a baking sheet. Mix all the rub ingredients together in a bowl. Pour over the ribs and rub in well. Once you have rubbed it all in, cover the ribs with foil. Put them in the fridge and let them marinate overnight.

SONY DSC The following day, take them out of the fridge and put them into a 375* oven, cook for 1 hour, keep them covered with foil while in the oven. After 1 hour, remove ribs from the oven & get your grill ready. Once it’s warmed up, turn the burners down to low. Place the ribs on the rack. Grill the ribs for 5 minutes on each side. SONY DSCSONY DSC Remove from grill after 5 minutes, they should be a golden brown color. I like to serve corn-on-the-cob with my pork spareribs and some sweet & juicy seedless watermelon. You can find other serving suggestions, and summer grilling recipes, on the Smart & Final Social Circular. I hope you try my recipe, I’d love to hear what you think about it.

What’s your favorite summer grilling recipe? SONY DSCSONY DSC


A Healthy Choice in Frozen Foods

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. **


There was a time when I never bought frozen foods, I didn’t think they were as “healthy” as fresh foods. I didn’t think the ingredients could compare to fresh food. Over the years, my feelings have changed and I now buy frozen veggies, fruits, and even meals. What changed my mind? Well, for one, I learned that many of the vegetables used in frozen meals, (like ConAgra Foods brands Healthy Choice and Marie Callenders) go from farm to freezer within 24 hours. Frozen meals give me access to high-quality ingredients year long, no matter what’s in season at the time.8567942164_f15f959227_c

Another thing I realized is that the frozen meals of today are not the frozen meals of yesteryear. Gone are the days of flavorless, microwavable meals. Today’s frozen meals are bursting with flavor, nothing like the cardboard you may have experienced in years past! Trust me, I’ve been there, tasted that! Yuck! To learn more about the future of frozen foods, check out this video:Another thing I like about frozen meals is that they save me from having to cook Every. Single. Day. Some days, especially if I’m in the house all by myself or have a really tight schedule, I just don’t want to cook… or I don’t have time to cook what I really want to eat. I keep a couple of frozen meals in the fridge, that way I know I can have something tasty in a matter of minutes. It also keeps me from “overindulging,” as I have been known to do on occasion. (GASP!) Yes, I like to eat and sometimes go overboard. I don’t have to worry about eating too much when I eat a Healthy Choice or Marie Callender’s meal, the portion-controlled servings are just the right size. They also have over 80 meals under 400 calories each, Score! But wait, y’all want food pics, right? Here ‘ya go! SONY DSCSONY DSC There it is! Let me tell you something, I think I could have passed this Chicken Margherita meal off as home-made, it was that good! (Not that I’d ever do that!)

ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!

Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods.

Veggie Omelet Kikkoman Style! #KikkomanSabor

I love preparing big breakfasts on the weekend, it’s a tradition in our home. The kids know Mommy will be in the kitchen making their favorites every Saturday & Sunday, that’s how we roll. Some of the most requested meals are pancakes (I make all different kinds!), waffles, french toast, and omelets!

I enjoy making omelets because anything goes! You can add just about anything to an omelet, right?! Or is that just me?! Left over veggies from last night’s dinner, sure, throw ’em in! Leftover ham from the Thanksgiving meal the day before, into the pan you go! Kikkoman Soy Sauce that I usually only use for my Asian dishes, What?! Yep, you read that correctly, I add Kikkoman Soy Sauce to my veggie omelets… it helps “kikk” up the flavor!

High res logoYou wanna know how to make my Veggie Omelet? It’s real simple, there’s just 6 ingredients, here they are:

8 eggs – 1/2 onion, diced – 1/2 large tomato, diced – 10 oz pkg mushrooms, sliced – 1 cup shredded cheese (I used the Italian blend) – 2 Tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce

1. First thing you want to do is sauté your onions & mushrooms in the pan. I used the Kikkoman Soy Sauce to sauté them, but you could use a little butter first & then add the sauce-it’s up to you.SONY DSC

2. Give the onions & mushrooms a few minutes to sauté, then add the well-beaten eggs to the pan. Eight eggs will be enough to feed a family of four.SONY DSC 3. After the eggs, toss in the tomatoes. Doesn’t that look good?!SONY DSC 4. Let everything cook for a few minutes and then add your cheese. SONY DSC Omelets don’t take very long to cook, cover it up and after about 5-10 minutes, it should be ready. You can salt & pepper to taste, but with the Kikkoman Soy Sauce-you really don’t need to add any salt. I like that Kikkoman offers a reduced sodium variety, that’s the one I used. Wanna see the end result? SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC How yummy does that look?! I took several pics & couldn’t decide on a favorite, so you’re getting them all! Which one do you like best?

**Disclosure: This is a compensated post is in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kikkoman, all opinions are my own.**

My Thai Kitchen BBQ House Party & Recipe for General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Crunchy Slaw!

Last weekend I had my Thai Kitchen BBQ House Party! I am a member of House Party. ( House Party hosts many different parties every month, with name brand products. You apply to host a party & if chosen, House Party will send you a box of goodies to get your party started. As you can see, my box was filled to the top with everything I needed to create some delicious meals! (Well, almost everything, I did have to purchase the meat!)


This was the third House Party I have hosted. The first one was a DiGiorno Pizza Party, I was mailed coupons for free pizzas and all I had to do was go out and get them. My guests enjoyed trying out all the different varieties DiGiorno has to offer. The second House Party I hosted was for Oscar Meyer Carving Board lunch meats. Again, I was sent coupons for free lunch meats, I went to the store and got them. House Party also sent me several full-size Kraft flavored mayos…which were a total hit with my guests. We made sandwiches and had a great time. The carving board lunch meat is much thicker than regular lunch meat.

While I enjoyed hosting the first two parties, there was no real cooking involved…anyone can throw a pizza in the oven or make a sandwich! This House Party was different! I was actually able to cook for my Thai Kitchen BBQ House Party! Woo-Hoo! And cook I did! I made three different dishes, General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Crunchy Slaw, Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce & Ginger Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps.

  <— filling for lettuce wraps

  <— shredded chicken for the sliders

 <— chicken satay ready for grill

The dishes were all very easy to prepare, the Chicken Satay does need to be refrigerated one hour prior to placing it on the grill…no biggie! Everything else required very little prep time. I was really impressed with the final products! All three dishes tasted very authentic, which is extremely important to me as a cook. I love Lettuce Wraps & I am thrilled that I can now make my own! The Sliders were so tasty…I’m not one for adding cole slaw to my sandwiches-but the slaw made these sliders stand out! And the Chicken Satay & Peanut Sauce were on point! Of course, we also had some fried rice, chow mein, egg rolls, spring rolls, cake pops, cheesecake & smoothies! If you are gonna have a House Party, you gotta do it right! 😉

One of the party guests brought her mom, who just so happens to be visiting from Thailand! She speaks very few English words, but did manage to say “Yum, Yum!” while eating her food! I thought that was the best compliment I could get! Here she is with her plate:

  <— Yum! Yum!

Thanks to House Party for choosing me to host this Thai Kitchen BBQ Party! It is my favorite House Party to date!

At the request of one of my readers, I am sharing the recipe for General Tso’s Chicken Sliders with Crunchy Slaw, you’ll love it!

Until next time, keep on cookin’ ,

The Cookin’ Mama 😀