In a little more than a week, my family and I leave Colorado to go to the heart of Coca-Cola country – Georgia. It’s where people pronounce Coke “Co’Cola” and they ask you if you want a Coke when they really mean if you want a drink. When we were out in Athens house hunting, our real estate agent, Alicia, would treat us to mini glass bottles of Diet Coke. She said they traditionally kept glass bottles on hand because the agency’s founder liked them. The kids loved it and I thought it was charming.
Well, this spring (until May 31) Coca-Cola wants to help gather your family around the dinner table with Coke with Meals through My Coke Rewards. The site features recipes and how-to videos from Chefs G. Garvin and Ingrid Hoffmann. You can also submit your own recipes to inspire others. You can check it out at MyCokeRewards.com/meals, where you can also create a shareable cookbook of your family’s all-time favorites, and read and share how to get kids, pre-teens and teens involved in the kitchen.
Eating healthy with Coca-Cola
While MyCokeRewards.com/meals does feature Southern classics like Georgia Drop Biscuits and BBQ Pork and Beans with Coca-Cola® BBQ Sauce, there are healthy choices too like Shrimp and Scallop Easy Paella and Asparagus Soup. Yes, some recipes contain Coca-Cola as an ingredient, like Coca-Cola Rice or Pork Loin with Coca-Cola® BBQ Sauce. However, many are just meant to be paired with an ice cold Coke (or in my case an ice cold Coke Zero) like Lime Chicken with Quick Avocado Salsa.
Cooking with Coca-Cola Southern (California) style
While I may be moving to the South, my culinary heart is actually back in Southern California much of the time as I love Baja style. One thing we’ll be bringing with me are two carne asada recipes. The one I consider the Best Carne Asada Marinade features vinegar and citrus juice. However, the one my brother-in-law uses features Coca-Cola. Feel free to substitute Coke Zero if you’re watching your calories.
Coca-Cola Carne Asada Marinade
Serves 4 to 6 (one pound per person)
- 4 to 6 pounds of skirt or flank steak
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- 2 lemons, juiced (slice and keep the peels)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can of Coke
- Mix up the ingredients, add the meat, and put in a sealed container or sealed bag for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- To cook, place the meat on the grill and when the juices start to rise on the surface, sprinkle with table salt. (You’re salting the meat on the grill, not while you’re marinating it.)
- When the salt dissolves on the surface of the meat, flip it over and repeat on the other side. (Carne asada is supposed to be on the salty side, but don’t go nuts with the salt.)
- Grill meat until well done. Remove from grill and place meat on a carving board.
- Cut the meat with a sharp knife across the grain into thin strips.
- Serve with warm corn tortillas, salsa, lime juice, shredded cheese, avocado slices or guacamole, chopped red onion, and lime juice.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola, but Coca-Cola is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not those of Coca-Cola.