Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
To prepare the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning: Mix onion powder, sugar, thyme, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, and cloves together in a small storage container. Set aside.Advertisement
To prepare the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl whisk together orange zest, orange juice, salt, oil, vinegar, lime juice, honey, and black pepper. Set aside.
To prepare the Caribbean Bowls: Cook rice with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning according to package directions. Set aside.
In a medium bowl combine pineapple, onion, and jalapeño pepper. Set aside. In another medium bowl toss together meat, 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon jerk seasoning, and pepper.
Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add meat, half at a time, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly pink in center. Add the water; cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until liquid is evaporated, stirring to scrape up crusty brown bits and coat meat.
Stir beans into cooked rice. Divide meat, rice mixture and pineapple mixture among individual bowls. Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with avocado and cilantro.
Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
3 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 vegetable