Thursday, August 18, 2011


So we have blogged about Pantry Parties before...first here and then here. The idea of a Pantry Party is fun for an event planner. For us, it's not always about going out and buying is about being creative with what you already have on hand to create something great. That is what we did for today's Pantry Party meal:

Pineapple Salsa with Brown Rice and Blackened Salmon

Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple (we had one on hand already)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried diced jalapeno peppers (great to have on hand!) 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (we have plenty in our herb garden)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 freshly squeezed limes
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, toss together pineapple, black beans, onions, dried diced jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Here is a picture of the McCormick Dried Diced Jalapeno Peppers that is good to keep in your pantry as a backup!

Brown Rice - love these SteamFresh packs...easy to make and they cook in 2 1/2 minutes.

Blackened Salmon
Skinless Boneless Atlantic Salmon, defrosted overnight in the refrigerator. We had the Costco brand that is individually packed.

You can then seasoned the defrosted salmon with salt & pepper and your favorite grill seasoning or herb flavored seasoning or what you have or like. Because we are from Maryland we used Old Bay :-)
Place in the oven for 10 -15 minutes under the broiler until "blackened" and cooked thoroughly.

Here is the final product - ENJOY!

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