Head to a sunny place with tonight’s family meal.

By Laura Rege
March 01, 2018
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Right now, don't we all need an escape from winter? Wouldn't something a bit tropical be just right? We can't offer a vacation, but we do have a bright menu filled with sunny foods that will make your next family dinner night feel like a getaway.

To start, there's a colorful take on guacamole that's served with plantain chips. Then for the main, a chili-rubbed chicken that evokes Jamaican jerk chicken but without the heat, so it's small fry-friendly. A brightly flavored side salad plays up sweet and savory and pairs well with fully-loaded coconut rice-yes, coconut! Finish the meal with a major pop of color and tropical fruit flavor for dessert.

Chelsea Cavanaugh

START WITH: MARTHA'S CLASSIC GUACAMOLE

Tonight's guacamole is no ordinary guac and not just because it is one of Martha's go-to recipes. What makes it special? Hard-boiled eggs, an unexpected ingredient, are added to the guacamole along with cherry tomatoes resulting in a vibrant and delicious dip. Up the tropical vibe and serve it with plantain chips.

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MAIN: BROILED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH PINEAPPLE-CUCUMBER SALAD

The combination of lime zest and chili powder brings more to the table than you'd think. It gives chicken thighs a zesty flavor and an island vibe. Pineapple is one tropical ingredient that is surprisingly easy to get year-round. Here it combines with cucumber for a refreshing side salad that definitely feels like summer.

Watch how to make this easy, tropical entrée:

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SIDE: COCONUT RICE

Simmering rice in coconut milk adds an unexpected tropical note to an everyday side dish. Don't stop there-up the ante by adding bacon and beans to give this side more island flavor.

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DESSERT: MANGO PARFAIT

A vibrant layered mango parfait brightens any cold gray day. Store-bought frozen mangos are packaged at their peak ripeness, so take the guesswork out of picking ripe fresh mangos and sub thawed frozen chunks-it's easier and more delicious when fresh mangoes aren't in season. And of course, a tropical menu wouldn't be complete without more coconut, so let everyone top their parfait with coconut flakes.

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