A Taste of the Caribbean
Pork-and-Black Bean Power Lunch
Rice and beans act as staples for many island menus, so introduce the fiber and protein rich combo into your diet with this hearty meal. Add cooked pork roast and salsa verde to the whole grain rice and black beans. It's perfect for a working lunch–simply microwave and enjoy.
Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp in Fruit Sauce
Spice up dinner with a tangy shrimp dish loaded with fresh fruit and herbs. Pineapple, papaya, and orange juice add a bright freshness to the dish and are perfectly complemented by the white wine vinegar and cilantro sauce.
Island Fruit Punch
Serve a beach-inspired cocktail guaranteed to get the party started. Mix orange, pineapple, and lime juice with light rum. Chill for a few hours, then add a splash of grenadine. To make a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum and up the amounts of orange and pineapple juice.
Caribbean Crabmeat Salad With Creamy Gingered Dressing
Nothing brings the flavor of the Caribbean to the table like the taste of fresh seafood. Mix crabmeat with diced tomatoes and cucumbers, then toss with a gingered Dijon dressing and serve with sliced fruits and veggies. Try this in place of your usual chicken or tuna salad.
Montego Bay Grilled Fish with Caribbean Salsa
Grill a firm fish spiced with cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice, then top with a festive Caribbean salsa. Packed with chopped banana, bell pepper, cilantro, and brown sugar, the spicy-sweet salsa is the perfect foil to the smoky filet.
Freeze this fruity drink for at least four hours before serving at your next pool-side party. Golden or dark rum adds a rich flavor to the sweet cocktail. If you'd prefer a non-alcoholic version, substitute orange juice for the rum.
Caribbean Spice Cake
A cooking style that adds spice to everything from rice to chicken wouldn't let cake escape as simply sweet. This dynamic dessert relies on cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and tamarind to pack its spicy-sweet flavor into the dessert course.
Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs
Coat meaty chicken thighs in a jerk-inspired marinade made from jalapeño, allspice, cinder vinegar, and minced red onion. The chicken thighs cook for about ten minutes and emerge with a smoky-sweet taste and a tangy, slightly crisp exterior.