Homemade Virgin Pina Coladas In a Pineapple

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



One of my favorite deserts is homemade virgin pina coladas, put in the pineapple we used to make the drink! Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious drink:





Pineapple core tool (find it here)


Recipe by The Spruce Eats




1 1/2 cups unsweetened fresh or frozen pineapple chunks

1/4 cup ice

3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk




  1. Place the pineapple chunks and ice at the bottom of a blender.
  2. Pour the pineapple juice and coconut milk over the top. Puree until smooth. Taste to test the sweetness.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh pineapple wedges or a maraschino cherry.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy.


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July 24 is National Tequila Day

Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern





















What better way to celebrate National Tequila Day than with tacos and margaritas? Try this delicious pork taco recipe by Cooking for Keeps, brought to you by the Arizona Pork Council.


Crispy Pork Tenderloin Tacos

By Cooking for Keeps



  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 1/2 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn (defrosted frozen corn works as well)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and stems removed and finely diced
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided


  1. Don’t prep any of the ingredients until you marinate the pork.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut pork tenderloin into ¼-inch slices. Cut slices into 1/8-1/4-inch strips.
  3. Add soy sauce, 2 tablespoons lime juice, honey, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin to a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add sliced pork. Use tongs to toss the pork in the marinade.
  4. Prep and chop the ingredients.
  5. Add corn, red pepper, jalapeno, one garlic clove, cilantro, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt to a medium bowl. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. After assembling salsa, give the pork a stir.
  7. Add Greek yogurt, chipotle in adobo, remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice, remaining garlic clove, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to a small bowl. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. If the pork hasn’t marinated for at least 15 minutes, let it marinate until you reach 15 minutes. You can also marinate the pork tenderloin up to three days in advance in the refrigerator.
  9. Drain the marinade from the pork and discard. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. This will help to sear the pork versus steam it.
  10. Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Once the skillet is very hot, add ¾ tablespoon of the oil, about 2 teaspoons to the skillet. Swirl to coat. Add half of the pork tenderloin. Make sure the pork is evenly spread out on the pan. Don’t move it so it can sear properly. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and sear on the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Pork tenderloin cooks very quickly. Remove from the pan and repeat with remaining half of the pork.
  11. While the pork cooks, place corn tortillas in a kitchen towel. Heat for 35 seconds until warm and pliable. You can also char them over a gas stove flame.
  12. To assemble. Transfer pork to tortilla. Dollop with yogurt. Cover with corn salsa. Squeeze extra lime juice on top if desired.


Try these Fill Your Plate recipes for margaritas or limeade:



Watermelon Margarita Mocktails


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National Mac ‘N’ Cheese Day

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Did you know July 14th is National Mac ‘N’ Cheese Day? In honor of the holiday, we’re sharing some of Fill Your Plate’s recipes, as well as the internet’s favorite recipes for homemade mac ‘n’ cheese! Comment below if you try one and which one is your favorite!


Fill Your Plate:

The Love of Loaded Mac n’ Cheese

Cashew “Cheese” Sauce

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese


Other recipes:

The BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Broccoli Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Breadsticks

Mac ‘N’ Cheeseballs

Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese

5-Ingredient Cauliflower Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese


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Top 5 Ways to Marinade Your Meat for Summer Grilling

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



New to grilling? Or tired of using the same marinade? We’ve got you covered! Check out these five delicious marinades that will make your meat juicy and flavorful!


  1. 6 Hour Tri-tip Marinade Try this delicious marinade recipe with soy sauce, chopped dried onions, chopped garlic, garlic salt, and more.
  2. Marinated Grilled Hanger Steak The Dijon mustard, crushed red pepper flakes, and rosemary in this recipe are sure to spice up your usual steak routine.
  3. Beer-Marinated Skirt Steak Your mouth will be watering for this steak, marinated in orange slices, garlic cloves, and light-colored beer.
  4. Butterflied Chicken with Thyme, Lemon and Garlic This recipe features grated lemon zest, fresh garlic, and fresh thyme leaves.
  5. Balsamic-Herb: Pierce 1 flank steak all over with a fork; toss with 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon each kosher salt, minced rosemary and oregano. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours. Grill.


Basic Flank Steak tips: Let 1 flank steak (3/4 to 1 inch thick, about 1 1/4 pounds) come to room temperature. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Grill on oiled grates over medium-high heat, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Let rest 5 minutes; thinly slice against the grain.


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6 Fun Agriculture Science Experiments For Kids

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Looking for fun activities to occupy your kids this summer and help them learn something new? We have six different ag-related science experiments that will do just the trick!


  1. Grow an Avocado Tree


This experiment is so easy, and the kids will love watching their little avocado tree sprout and grow in your kitchen! With enough time, patience, sunlight, and water, you’ll be potting this plant in about a month.


  1. Greenhouse in a Soda Bottle


With the greenhouse like environment of a soda bottle, seeds will sprout much quicker with the retained moisture inside the bottle. Kids will enjoy helping put this little project together and watching the seed’s progress each day.


  1. Color Changing Flowers


I remember doing this experiment in elementary school and loving it! All you need is some white flowers, scissors, a cup, water, and some food coloring. Plus it makes a nice colorful centerpiece that your kids can make for your kitchen table!


  1. Ice Cream in a Bag


This is another one of my childhood favorites. It’s very simple and tasty, but can be time consuming. Make sure you have plenty of hands on deck to help you shake the bag so no one’s hands get too cold from the ice and rock salt!


  1. Make a Rubber Egg


This is a popular one! I did this years ago and thought it was so cool. Your kids will enjoy seeing the eggshell disappear over the allotted time and find this transformation fun and fascinating.


  1. Hydroponics


This one will take a little longer, but hey, you’ve got two whole months of summer break to do this with, right? This experiment will teach your kids how to grow plants in nutrient rich water instead of soil! It gives them a responsibility to check on it every day and helps them see another way that we can grow the food we eat every day.


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