A Dash of the Caribbean

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Hello everybody! How was your day? Mine was bus-ay per usual and I was glued to my computer ‘til the moment I left!

When I finally tore myself away, I came right home to marinate dinner :) Let’s back up, shall we? A couple weeks ago, I got two new Mrs. Dash seasoning blends:

1. Caribbean Citrus

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2. Fiesta Lime

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Now, I would be lying if I told you I didn’t like salt. It’s delicious and it makes a lot of things taste really good – after all, what would salt & vinegar chips be without the salt?! However, I 100% always know when I’ve eaten too much of it. I don’t feel good, my rings are tight, my face feels puffy…it’s not cute.

So when I feel like being salt conscious, I use Mrs. Dash seasoning blends – which are all-natural blends of 14 natural herbs and spices, are MSG free and are SALT free – to flavor whatever it is I’m making. Chicken, salads, veggies, etc.

Now, after two days of cold, gray and rainy skies – the promise of Calypso tunes and a taste of the Caribbean was particularly enticing, so I chose the Caribbean Citrus blend to make Deconstructed Caribbean Pork Kabobs!

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When I got home I cut up some lean pork chops into big chunks and marinated them in a capful of the seasoning blend and some pineapple juice. While these pups were marinating, I went running!

Per my the training schedule – I ran a 8×400. Basically, that’s running a quarter mile 8 times, for a total of 2 miles. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but when I run these shorter distances, I run them faster than I normally would. That’s why these sorts of run are built into the schedule…so you can build up speeeeeeed.

Per the aforementioned cold, gray and rainy skies – I was a little chilly at first, but I warmed up in no time :) I wish I could give you guys exact run stats, but alas – I have no Garmin Forerunner 405 (cough, ahem) and I don’t run with my Nike+ anymore. Well, I don’t run with an iPod anymore so the Nike+ isn’t really any use to me!

After I got home, I skewered the marinated pork, some pineapple chunks (which I used the pineapple juice from) and red onion hunks – then sprinkled some more of the seasoning blend over everything. Tip: when I’m making kabobs, I like to give each ingredient their own skewer. That way I don’t have to mess around with cross-contamination, different cooking times, etc.

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I pulled out my grill pan to cook these babies on since I didn’t want to bother with grilling in the cold :/ I put everything on at the same time, flipped after 5 minutes and grilled for about another 5 minutes. The herbs and spices in the Caribbean Citrus blend smelled sooooo good while everything was grilling!

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Deconstructed Caribbean Pork Kabobs!

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I served my skewers over brown rice which I added a squeeze of lime and a  dash of chopped cilantro to.

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My review – honestly…honestly – I did not miss the salt AT.ALL! The combination of the seasonings with the sweet pineapple, spicy onion and citrusy rice was so freaking delicious. I honestly didn’t think I would like this as much as I did! The pineapple juice marinade also gave the pork a super nice crust…so yummy!

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Ok, off to do…well, I’m not sure what I’m going to do tonight! Ben’s got a baseball game to play in and shockingly, I have nothing on my to-do list! Sweet, sweet bliss!

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What’s your favorite, go-to seasoning blend? I seriously enjoyed this Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus blend, but my #1 go-to flavor combo in most things is garlic & onion – which, hey! Mrs. Dash has a seasoning blend for those too! Maybe I’ll try that next time…

Do you use any kind of running/training tracker watch/device? Would you recommend it?

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Comments

  1. Anne K. 05.27.2009

    Those kabobs look great, and I’ll have to look for the carribean citrus blend. I like Spike seasoning on veggies.

    I use a Polar F4 watch for indoor gym workouts, and a Garmin 305 for running outside. I would recommend both :)

  2. kellythorsen 05.27.2009

    I actually just got a Polar F4 this past weekend and have loved using it so far. It is really nice being able to track my heart rate and calorie burn. It has also really pushed me to work even harder knowing that I want to get to a certain point. I am so glad I got it. It makes some of the indoor workout seem more fun. It’s also really great to wear when I am working with my trainer. We set a goal together and its fun to meet those calories at the end.

  3. Island Girl Eats 05.27.2009

    I used to run with the Nike+. The first two that I had worked really well. The last one was just whack! It was all over the place in regard to my distances. It kept adding miles and making me look faster than I am.
    I just got the Garmin Forerunner 305 about two weeks ago. I love it! I got it off of Amazon for something like $165. I didn’t like the 405 as much because the screen is too small. I am a bit blind!

  4. Kristi 05.27.2009

    Thanks for the reviews of those seasonings! I try notto use salt when I can but it’s hard sometimes! I will definitely check at that stuff.
    I have a Garmin 305 and I love it! At first I though I wouldn’t like it because it is a bit bigger than most other watches and I have small wrists..but it turned out to not be a problem and I actually appreciate the bigger screen because it’s easier to look at when I’m running.

    Oh, and YUM ok those kabobs! I love grilling!

  5. Heidi 05.27.2009

    Hey Kristin! I just wanted to let you know that I made the “Beanis” dip tonight and took it to a “going away” party for some friends at church and it was a BIG hit. I got asked SEVERAL times for the recipes (which is always a good sign). When I got home my husband tried some (he had been at work and could not go) and he LOVED it! This is going to be one I make a lot for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Robin 05.28.2009

    I have the Garmin 405 and I LOVE it. I have run without it occasionally, but it makes my runs so much easier with it. Thank goodness I had it at my marathon on Sunday, as I had it set to the average pace for the current mile, so I just followed that for each mile and knew when I was slowing down or going too fast. And the 405 is much nicer than the 305 as it is much slower. This was the first marathon I wore it and not the 305 and my arm didn’t get chafed. You can read my race report on my blog and see pictures.

  7. Darcy 05.28.2009

    Have you ever tried Greek Seasoning by Cavendar’s? There’s also another brand I recently found that makes it. It’s good on chicken, pork or vegetables. We’ve even put it on popcorn before. It comes in regular or salt -free.

  8. Laura 05.28.2009

    I love the Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime as well as the extra spicy and the tomato basil but i def want to check out the caribbean so thanks for the info!

  9. Cydny 07.15.2009

    OMG Kristin u are adorable! I found this while looking for a review on the two new Mrs. Dash seasonings! Thanks sooo much for sharing this. Good luck with your running hon!! ♥

  10. Jeffry Hassick 07.09.2010

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  11. Kristin 05.29.2009

    YES! I love Greek Seasoning – I ate that growing up…I wonder why I never picked up a bottle… Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Kristin 05.29.2009

    YAY! I’m so glad it worked out for you and you loved it!

  13. Kristin 05.29.2009

    See that’s why I want one – the calorie burning goal is something that I would LOVE!

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