Get a taste of Cuba at home

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceOctober 12, 2011 

Caribbean/Latin restaurants have become popular in many U.S. cities. These flavorful, Cuban-style recipes can be made at home in minutes.

Mojo is a Cuban condiment and marinade that is used in many Cuban recipes. There are many versions, but it's usually made with Seville or sour oranges, spices, garlic, onion and oil. It can be bought bottled in most supermarkets and is sometimes called Spanish barbecue sauce.

If you can't find mojo in your store, use this substitute: mix 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice and 3 garlic cloves, crushed; add a little salt and pepper to taste and use as the marinade. (The nutrition analysis for the pork was calculated using this recipe without added salt or pepper.)

Helpful hints

Red beans can be used instead of black.

Look for rum in small splits similar to the size served on airplanes. Or use an orange-flavored liqueur.

To save time, measure the mojo sauce in a glass liquid measuring cup and marinate the pork in the cup.


Marinate pork.

Make rice and black beans.

Make pork.

Shopping list

To buy: 1 medium green bell pepper, 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, 1 bottle mojo sauce, 1 jar low-sugar apricot spread, 1 can black beans, 1 bottle light rum or 1 split

Staples: Quick-cooking brown rice, onion, canola oil, salt and black peppercorns

From "Mix 'n' Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes," by Linda Gassenheimer. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association.

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