While grocery shopping last week, Jeremiah and I took advantage of some meat sales at Hen House. Pork loins were on sale for $3.99 lb. Normally, I cover the pork loin in herbs and wrap it in bacon. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any bacon in the freezer so I needed to come up with a new recipe. We had all the ingredients to make this recipe so it was the winner. It turned out amazing. The pork fell apart and the glaze was sweet but not too sweet. We will definitely make it again. I served this recipe with my Maple Glazed Carrots.
Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin by Melissa Bossler
1 tsp. ground sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ c. water
2 lb. pork tenderloin
½ c. brown sugar
1 T. cornstarch
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
½ c. water
2 T. soy sauce
Pour a ½ c. water into a Crockpot. Then, rub pork loin with seasonings. Cook for 5 hours on low. Then, mix sauce ingredients and cook over a medium heat for 4 minutes to thicken. Baste pork loin 2-3 times over one more hour of cooking.
One of the places Jeremiah and I eat out at a lot is Chipotle. On more than one occasion, we have tried to make our own at home. I also was telling Jeremiah about these amazing black beans and rice I had eaten at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. I was convinced they used chicken broth and I could try to replicate the flavor at home.
This was our attempt last week and trying to replicate both these tasty dishes. Although we thought the Carne Asada had really good flavor, making it along with rice, beans, guacamole, and Pico from scratch made quite a mess to clean-up. Sometimes, it’s just easier to go out and stand in line.
Carne Asade by Show Me the Yummy
2 lb. flank steak
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. olive oil
¼ c. orange juice
¼ c. lime juice
¼ c. lemon juice
¼ c. soy sauce
2 T. white vinegar
In a small bowl, mix spices. Then, stir in oil. Rub half of mixture on each side of the steak. Mix together remaining ingredients. Spray Crockpot with nonstick spray. Pour in half of juice mixture. Place in steak and pour over with remaining juice. Cook on low for six hours.
Black Beans by Amber Bourek
8 oz. dry black beans
1 c. low sodium chicken stock
½ diced yellow onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Rise black beans. For beans in sprayed Crockpot. Cover with 1 cup of chicken stock and enough water to cover by two inches. Add in onion, garlic, and seasonings. Cook on high for six – seven hours.
I put together a few recipes to make this dish. I cooked them for 4 hours. They were still a little hard so I kept cooking them. My husband thinks we should have soaked the beans for 24 hours and then they would have cooked in 3 ½ to 4 hours.
I work two jobs so I treasure the one day I get off a week. Lately, it has been Mondays. Believe it or not, I actually look forward to Mondays. For 10 years, I worked 7 days a week. It’s nice to be in a place where I don’t have to work every day. I’ve also learned I can break things up like just mopping one floor this week and another the following week. It is also the one day of the week I can cook lots of new recipes. This is actually one I tried today. It did its job in the fridge while I washed 10 loads of laundry.
Honey Garlic Park Chops from Pinterest
1/3 c. honey
1 T. honey
1 ½ tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. chopped garlic
2 pork chops
Mix ingredients in a baggie and add pork chops. Marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
An easy Asian inspired recipe.
Pork Tenderloin from Pinterest
1 package of pork tenderloin (2-2.5 lbs)
4 garlic cloves
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 T. mustard
4 T. honey
4 T. orange juice
1 T. rosemary
salt and black pepper
3 T. Olive Oil
Grease a 13 x 9 pan. Place pork loin(s) in dish. In a bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Pour over pork. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, basting half way through. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
- I cut a 1.5 lb. pork tenderloin in half and placed it in a smaller baking dish. I thought the meat was a little pink for my taste. I cooked an additional 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
- I used a honey dijon mustard.
- I was a little short on honey so I added 1 T. of light syrup.
- I used jar chopped garlic. I probably put in two teaspoons.
- I made this recipe with light soy sauce.
One of the things I love most about working at my hotel is Fried Rice Tuesdays. Once a month, the kitchen will cook up the fried rice they serve our restaurant Nikko for associates to eat. If you haven’t been to Nikko Japanese Steakhouse, you have to go. Not only is the experience entertaining but the fried rice is phenomenal. It’s the best fried rice I have ever eaten. No excuse, buy a Groupon or call the hotel today to book your reservations.
Since I am off work today, I thought I would give a recipe I pinned on my “Skinny Mini” Pinterest board a try. One of the reasons I liked it because it doesn’t taste really salty. Plus, this recipe rings in at 10 Weight Watchers points instead of 34 Weight Watchers points you would have to count for eating out at a traditional Chinese restaurant. The recipe is also pretty quick and easy to make.
Skinny Chicken Fried Rice by Rachel Schultz (via the Skinny Mom Blog pin on Pinterest)
4 c. prepared rice
1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast grilled
2 c. frozen carrots and peas
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. sesame oil
1/4 c. lite soy sauce
While rice is cooking and chicken is grilling, start sautéing veggies in oil. When onion appears cooked, add to scrambled eggs to the pan. Once eggs are cooked, add chicken, rice, and soy sauce to the pan. Cook for a few minutes and serve. This recipe makes six servings.
Nutritional Facts: 385 calories, 11 g. fat, 53 carbs, 3 g. fiber, 17 g. protein, and 1 g. sugar.
- I used Minute Rice. You could probably make it a little healthier by using a whole grain rice.
- I hate peas. I just bought frozen carrots and cooked one cup of them. I could only find julienne style carrots so I had to cut them up with my spatula.
- I though sesame oil was too expensive so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I think it worked just fine. I used only 2 T. though.
- I love to use Ready to Use Chopped Garlic. It comes in a jar and can be found by the fresh fruit and veggies in your grocery store.
- I used one frozen chicken breast – probably about 1/4 lb. I thought the recipe still tasted fine with less chicken.
- I used 3 T. (1/8 c. and 1/16 c.) of lite soy sauce. Soy sauce is loaded with sodium. Even using the lite version you are dumping 530 mg of sodium per tablespoon into your recipe. Cutting out just one tablespoon is hardly noticeable to the pallet but much better for your body.
- I used regular eggs but you could use egg substitute to make this a little healthier.