NOTE: The following sampling opportunity is open to residents of Ontario, Canada only.
Spoiler Alert: The recipe for my Hawaiian Pork Tacos follows. You may want to stick around.
Fright Night. Think I’m taking about that b-rated film? Think again. I’m talking about those weekday nights when my husband works late, the kids have sports or swimming, I’ve got a Twitter Party and there’s NOTHING TO EAT.
Apparently, there’s more than one Fright Night chez Lena.
Our family’s dynamic has changed through the years. Whereas we used to enjoy casual, unhurried dinners (actually eaten at the dinner table), today our demanding jobs and activities pull us in different directions. My husband is in sales, so he’s often on the road or working late. My job has no set hours; I could be working at 5:30AM or 11:00PM, depending on the day. And often, I’m on Twitter at night (I know you know what I’m up to then). Ryder has soccer on Mondays and Reid has soccer on Wednesdays and they both have swimming on Thursdays. And yet somehow, the expectation is that I’ll produce a delicious, healthy meal that the entire family will love.
*Checking to make sure I signed up for this. Sigh, apparently it’s indeed part of being a mom.*
I try my hardest to avoid the lure of the “dial-a-dinner”. Take-out is easy! One phone call, a few bucks for a tip, et voila! The whole family is fed. The trouble is, the only takeout the whole family can agree on is pizza, and families cannot live on pizza alone.
So, what if I told you that I’ve found nutritious and delicious, fully cooked menu items that are ready when I am? Introducing Cardinal Ready.
Friends, Ready products are the answer to Fright Night dinners! They allow me to create perfect meals that are ready in 10 minutes or less, which means that great meals can happen any night of the week. Simply start with a Ready selection, add some veggies and a simple side and you’re all set for a complete family meal in a fraction of the time. On practically any weeknight, the ability to serve up BIG taste in a little time is my kind of heaven.
Cardinal Ready, available at select Sobeys locations across Ontario, has something for everybody. Ready’s Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce is fully cooked and full of flavour. The chipotle in the BBQ sauce adds just the right kick! Or try Ready’s Butter Chicken; a creamy curry sauce surrounds tender chicken for an Indian taste and flavour that will tickle your taste buds. We also love Ready’s Slow Cooked Diced Beef. Tender and flavourful beef stew in minutes? YES!
This past Fright Night (Monday), Ready’s Pork Steak was the star of the show. Perfectly seasoned, juicy and fully cooked! Ready’s Pork Steaks are:
– Flame grilled and lightly seasoned
– Very high in protein and gluten free
– A good source of iron and contain no preservatives
Simply chop, slice or dice or enjoy directly from the pack, or add to your favourite meal, heat and serve! Ask your family to come up with a new combination of side dishes every time you make this quick and easy dinner. Coleslaw? Roasted potatoes? Rice pilaf? Applesauce? Whatever they pick, you know the pork will be ready in minutes.
Now I’m all about multitasking, so I like to combine my sides with my main. I created Hawaiian Pork Tacos, a well-balanced meal that can suit the tastes of the entire family – just pick and choose what you love to make it your own.
HAWAIIAN PORK TACOS (serves 4)
3 Cardinal Ready Pork Steaks (1/2 a package)
1 pineapple, sliced into 1-inch rounds
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1 japaleno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1/2 avocado, diced
1/2 prepared creamy coleslaw
1 lime, halved
small bunch cilantro, chopped
8 small corn tortillas
Prepare an indoor grill pan with cooking spray and heat on medium-high until hot. Place pork steaks and 2 rounds of pineapple on the pan, turning once or twice until heated through. Remove from pan and cool slightly.
Roughly dice pork steaks and pineapple. That’s it! Assemble the tacos, finishing with a hit of fresh lime juice. The flavours are vibrant and I love the combination of spicy-sweet-sour. Add tomatoes, yellow pepper or shredded cheese – the possibilities are endless. The best part? 10 minutes from start to finish!
Love what you see? We want YOU to try Cardinal Ready Products! I’ll randomly select ten (10) Ontario readers to receive a $25 Sobeys Gift Card to prepare a quick and simple meal featuring Ready’s delicious menu items. Then, in exchange for providing your honest feedback about the product, you’ll have a chance to win a $100 Sobeys Gift Card!
To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us which Cardinal Ready menu item you’d love to try, and why. I’ll draw for winners at the end of the month – good luck!