I had a limited pantry and no time to shop, so I had to make a few substitutions and experimented a bit with flavors. I salted and peppered the pork, then marinaded overnight in a mix of balsamic and apple cider vinegar with a bit of garlic. I used organic quinoa in place of rice, rinsing it before adding it to the baking dish. I used about 1/2 cup less water, added a few tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the soup, a couple splashes of liquid smoke, a few shakes of garlic powder, about 1/2 tsp of ground cayenne pepper, and I think I even threw in some Chesapeake Bay seasoning (not sure how much or even why!). Baked 25 mins covered, 25 uncovered, and it was still a bit liquidy, but the boyfriend was super hungry and didn't care! We ate the pork with the quinoa piled on top. It was really flavorful and the meat very tender, and I enjoyed the mix of textures. I'll definitely attempt to replicate this, though maybe with a bit more adjustment and experimentation. :)
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I had a limited pantry and no time to shop, so I had to make a few substitutions and...