Main Dishes, Pork, Recipes, Rice, Sides

A Tropical Dinner

dinnerSo, I know this dinner doesn’t look like much. But it tastes like a million bucks… like a trip to the tropics! Except much, much cheaper, albiet not as relaxing or as fun considering the recent springtime rain we’ve been experiencing here. 🙂

Succulent pork topped with a sweet and tangy pineapple glaze, paired with the nutty, refreshing flavor of toasted coconut-infused rice…. incredible! This dinner whips up in a flash and is great for a quick weeknight. It definitely satisfied our desire for vacation, and hope it does the same for you too! [Well, maybe not our need for vacation, but our need to get away for a moment… even if just for dinner!

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Sweet and Tangy Pork Chops with Pineapple [from Robin to the Rescue by Robin Miller]


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pork chops
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with pepper, then sear each side in hot skillet for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

In a medium bowl, whisk together pineapple, orange juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and cornstarch, stirring until cornstarch dissolves. Add mixture to pan with pork chops. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes more, until pork is fully cooked and sauce has thickened.

Coconut Toasted Rice [from Robin to the Rescue by Robin Miller]


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
  • one 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk


Toast coconut in a dry medium saucepan set over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until coconut is golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Add the rice, honey, and coconut milk, then bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes for white rice or 45 minutes for brown rice, until rice is soft and fluffy. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Click here for the printable version: A Tropical Dinner


8 thoughts on “A Tropical Dinner”

  1. This sounds so good, especially the coconut rice (I’m always a sucker for rice =). I haven’t been on vacation from work since Christmas, and I’m starting to feel the need . . .


  2. Ooh yum. I love pork chops, especially with pineapple. Definitely makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. Mmmm vacation 🙂


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