Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice and "Hello Fresh"


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A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

You know how you see those ads for those meal service companies?  The ones that send you all the ingredients for 3 meals a week?  Well those ads are everywhere I look.

They are on Facebook, TV commercials, advertisements on most sites, and even Pinterest.  I saw them so much and I was curious so I caved in and joined one. (Not sponsored, I actually joined and paid myself.)


Hello Fresh meal service pictures - Slice of Southern

Hello Fresh meal service pictures - Slice of Southern

I picked Hello Fresh.   I found this particular plan appealing for several reasons.  Firstly, I resonated with the food choices they had, that was a must if we are going to have our meals "planned" for the week.  The delivery is very convenient, you get to chose the delivery day.  You pick from portions for 2 people or family meals.  You choose how many meals per week are delivered, and you get to choose the dishes you'll be making.  Skipping a week is easy to do as well, although you do have to act fast if you want to skip a week.


Hello Fresh meal service pictures - Slice of Southern

Hello Fresh meal service pictures - Slice of Southern

I chose a 3 meal week and had them delivered on a Saturday.  Totally convenient.  The box arrived and it was huge and heavy!  They pack these babies well!  Inside were my three recipe cards, 3 boxes with ingredients separated by meal.  Under this was two very large frozen gel packs and then under that were all the meats (in vacuum packages)  associated with the meals.  Nothing was going to spoil in this box by leaving it on the doorstep for several hours.  Mine was sitting on my porch when I came home around 10:30 am.  

The first meal I chose to make was a light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  We really loved the flavors of the dish and I found this very easy to make.  Great instructions are included with step by step photos so if you are unsure in the kitchen you can still make this weeknight meal.


A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

I followed the instructions and they were well thought out and easy.  They seem to do one step at a time finishing a section before moving on, but seasoned cooks may end up doing several steps simultaneously like I did and it all works out great.  The end result was a very light and tasty meal with a good flavor combination of pineapple over pork.


A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice was a quick and easy summer meal that we will keep in our rotation because we enjoyed it so much.  I'm going to swap out the pork for chicken next time and change it up just a bit for variety.  I'm sure fish will turn out wonderful as well if you like. 


A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

The recipes are very easy, great for beginners so that is a plus if you are looking for easy yet different weeknight meals.

I will be sharing with you the other two meals we made in the next few posts.  Stay tuned for more from Hello Fresh and my opinions about this service.

The recipe for Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice is below.

Enjoy!




Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice

recipe from Hello Fresh (meal service)

serves 2

1 fruit cup of pineapple tidbits (such as dole fruit cup)
6 oz Sugar Snap Peas
1 Shallot
1 Lime
2 tsp Cilantro
1/2 c Jasmine Rice
2 (6 oz) pork Chops
2 tsp Honey

1.  Wash and dry all produce. Bring ¾ cup water and a large pinch of salt to a boil in a small pot. Trim any tough ends from snap peas. Peel, halve, and mince shallot. Cut lime in half. Finely chop cilantro. Drain pineapple, reserving juice, and finely chop flesh.

2.  Once water is boiling, add rice to pot. Cover, lower heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered until meal is ready.

3.  In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, 2 tsp shallot, half the cilantro, and juice from one lime half. Season with salt and pepper.

4.  Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season pork all over with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook until nearly cooked to desired doneness, 4-5 minutes per side. Stir remaining shallot, honey, pineapple juice, and 2 TBSP water. Cook until pork is done, another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in a squeeze of lime.

5.  Transfer pork and glaze to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out pan, then heat a drizzle of olive oil in it over medium-high heat. Add snap peas. Cook, tossing occasionally, until tender but still slightly crisp, 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

6.  Stir remaining cilantro and a squeeze of lime into rice. Divide between plates, then top with snap peas, pork, glaze, and salsa.


A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

A light and tropical flavored dish of Pineapple Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Jasmine Rice.  Perfect for a summer weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern



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