When it comes to food, we often find ourselves trying to choose between what's good for us, and that dish we simply can't resist. Well, our own Chef LaLa, who's also a certified nutritionist, insists we can have it all.
"When I want to maximize flavor, and come up with the best health benefits for myself and my entire family, I use only the freshest ingredients," she says. "[This] quick and easy marinade works with chicken, meat and pork.
Chef LaLa favors using fresh herbs, especially when making marinades.
"Marinades help maximize the flavor of different foods. And it's a great way to add your own cultural touch," she says.
Cilantro is usually associated with Mexican food, or sometimes Indian or Asian food. Chef LaLa combines a little fresh cilantro with some citrus to help tenderize the meat in a natural way.
Many countries use garlic as a cancer-fighting food, or as an anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis. Mince some garlic up into small pieces for your marinade and add them to your bowl of cilantro and citrus.
And now for the key ingredient: Tequila. Chef LaLa says that tequila adds a smoky flavor to the marinade.
"This marinade is so versatile that I can use it for pork, beef or chicken," says Chef LaLa. "I'm going to opt for pork. It really is the other white meat. It's lean, and it's delicious. And you know what? It's really inexpensive."
Place your meat into the marinade mixture and give it a little toss all the way around to make sure it's fully coated.
And a quick safety tip: Never leave your protein on the counter, unrefrigerated. It has to be at least 40 degrees, in the refrigerator, covered, until you're ready to use it.
Ever cook a piece of meat and all the wonderful juices just flow out? So frustrating not to get that perfect piece of meat. The secret is this: You want to turn your heat all the way up to sear all those juices in. Then take it down to a low.
Chef LaLa uses a high-heat oil to cook her meat. Canola oil or grape seed oil are some good options.
Add some salt to the marinated meat. With pork chops, Chef LaLa recommends giving it about two minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the cut.
With one easy marinade, you can satisfy just about anyone's palate -- and keep it fresh and healthy, too!
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