Whenever John and I travel, we look to eat some unique food. Cuisine we can't get our hands on 'back home'. I approached Caribbean Trading Company about sampling some of their Made-in-Puerto-Rico seasonings, sauces, and speciality food items. Who doesn't want a little taste of Puerto Rico on their dinner table at night, right?
Caribbean Trading Company has a large variety of Puerto Rican seasonings, two of which I was able to try: Lively Up Lime Jerk and Sweet Orange Habanero.
I used the Orange Habanero seasoning first for an easy, fast lunch. Let me tell you about it:Gather the main ingredients for this dish - romaine hearts, a handful of fresh spinach, and medium deveined shrimp.
Heat a swoosh of olive oil in a pan over medium heat and grab about 2 teaspoons of the Sweet Orange Habanero Seasoning:
Sautee your shrimp until they just begin to curl up. You simply want to heat them in the seasoning and oil:
Then, top the romaine hearts and spinach salad with your shrimp.
I chose to add a quick grating of a chipotle cheese we had in the fridge for some extra heat. We also included a little balsamic vinaigrette on the side, but didn't use it. The shrimp were so flavorful from the Sweet Orange Habanero seasoning, and it dressed the greens very well.
The heat from the Sweet Orange Habanero seasoning was spot on! The orange part of the seasoning was apparent, but not too overpowering. For shrimp or seafood in particular, I like the citrus flavor. If I used this on chicken or veggies, I don't think it would have been as appealing.
I used the Lively Up Lime Jerk seasoning on a roasted, whole chicken. Tomorrow I'll share the dinner recipe!
My lunch and dinner ideas aren't the only way you can use the seasonings, and there are a TON of authentic Puerto Rican products available. (Click HERE for a list of all the Caribbean Trading products.) Curious what you can make with the various seasonings and rubs? Click HERE for Caribbean Trading recipes.