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8 Hawaiian-Inspired Dishes to Help Get Us Through Winter!

I don’t know about you, but after the Holidays, winter seems to drag on and on. It’s one dark, cold day after another. While a hearty soup can warm you up from the inside out, sometimes all it does is remind me how cold it is outside! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of dinner ideas with a bit of a tropical theme. One taste of Hawaiian BBQ pork chops and I feel like I’m at the beach! Ok, not really, but a girl can dream!

Hawaiian Pork Chop Sheet Pan


We can’t get enough of meals that come together in a snap, that taste great and are full of fresh, healthy ingredients. It’s so easy to slip into old routines and go back to making the same thing over and over again, which is why it’s essential to have recipes like this Hawaiian pork chop sheet pan on-hand to make a weeknight dinner more exciting. Filled up with red and orange bell peppers and red onions, balanced out by the sweetness of the pineapple, these fruit and veggies are the perfect accompaniment to the Hawaiian barbecue pork chops. Get the recipe here!

Instant Pot Piña Colada Chicken


A Piña Colada is a classic tropical vacation drink made with pineapple and coconut milk or cream. We were inspired by these flavors when we created this amazing dish, one that is perfect for the Instant Pot. The recipe is centered upon five flavor-filled ingredients: salty and rich soy sauce, sweet and citrusy pineapple chunks, creamy coconut milk, bright and crisp bell peppers, and tender chicken thighs. Of course, we add some seasonings to really maximize flavor, and the end result is like eating a tropical vacation in a bowl. Get the recipe here!

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


There are still elements of the version we all know and love, but incorporated several new ingredients that take this classic side dish to a whole new level. First up, you’re going to give your cooked noodles a little apple cider vinegar soak; it smells…assertive at first, but this adds a little zing to the noodles and sets the base for the dish, ensuring it’s the flavor-filled and delicious. Then it’s just a matter of tossing in the chunks of sweet pineapple, bites of ham, fresh carrots and green onion. Get the recipe here!

Hawaiian Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers are great. There’s no arguing that the classic combination of rice and ground beef tucked into a bell pepper is anything but, but since variety is the spice of life it’s good to change things up once in a while. These stuffed peppers have a lot in common with the classic version… but they have a little more island flavor going on. If you appreciate a Hawaiian pizza, you’re going to love this flavor combo! Get the recipe here!

Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Loin


We turn to chicken so often – especially when we’ve got delicious, nutritious recipes that keep us coming back for more – that we often forget how great pork can be. Whether it’s pork chops or pork loin, pork is a versatile meat that takes on flavor like a champ and that can be dressed up any which way you choose. We were taking a look at what we had in the pantry and thought we saw some great potential with what was on hand – Hawaiian pineapple pork loin! If you’ve got your pork and some barbecue sauce and pineapple, then you’re pretty much already in business. We spruced ours up with bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, and red onion, but if you’ve got other stuff in the fridge that you’re looking to use up, this is a dish where just about anything works. Get the recipe here!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans


All you have to do to create this deliciousness is combine a few cans of baked beans with some canned pineapple (juice and all), some dark brown sugar, crispy bacon, savory onions, and let it simmer away until those beans are coated in a sweet and savory sauce that’s the stuff dreams are made of. That’s a very small amount of effort for a whole lot of flavor! Get the recipe here!

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken


With just five essential ingredients, this dish is super yummy and easy to whip up, making it perfect for any weeknight dinner, when you can’t be bothered to stand over a hot stove, but you don’t want to sacrifice flavor or eat something boring. This yummy slow cooker Hawaiian chicken saves the day, since it’s just a handful of ingredients tossed in the slow cooker, then you get to sit back and relax before enjoying this tasty meal. Get the recipe here!

One-Pan Hawaiian Pasta


Hawaiian pizza always puts us in a good mood, dreaming about tropical aromas and warm island breezes. For this dish, we’ve taken those craveable Hawaiian pizza ingredients and turned them into a warm and comforting pasta dish. The best part is this dish comes together in under 30 minutes, and you only need one pan! Get the recipe here!

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