Entrees, High Protein, Poultry

Lil’ Chicken on the BBQ with sweet espresso glaze

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What a fun twist to just chicken…. make up cute little Cornish game hens on the BBQ.  My oldest sister taught me the fun of the tiny chicken that packs a great flavor and easy to prep.  They come in all sizes… tonight I had two rather large birds so I cleaned and halved them for four good servings.

These have been in the freezer for a while so I thawed in the fridge overnight and cleaned and split with cooking shears down the breast bone. Toss in some olive oil and garlic grilling seasonings and black pepper.   Allow to sit at room temp for 20 minutes.  I sear all sides on a HOT grill and then turn grill down to med (375-400 degrees) for 30 minutes. Leaving the skin side up to roast.  as they roast slathering with sauce periodically.  The espresso BBQ saucecreates  a sweet glossy glaze,  Light foil half way to 165 degrees.

Summertime I like to do as much cooking outside to keep the house cool from the summer heat. So adding a skillet of yellow potatoes with peppers and onion make a nice dancing partner on the plate for this evening meal. This one I even throw together after a long work day.  Easy clean up.

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Entrees, High Protein, pork

Cast Iron Pork Loin with Raspberry habanero glaze

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Simple but so delicious is this stovetop/oven roast.  its a great option for work nights because it cooks up super fast and yummy.

  • Pork loin roast
  • olive oil
  • cast iron skillet ( seasoned preferably)

sauce -mix in a small bowl

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  • 2 TBS  Raspberry habanero jam
  • 2 TBS Brown Mustard
  • 2 TBS Soy sauce
  • 2 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBS Weber roasted garlic herb rub
  • extra heat tsp chili flakes optional

preheat over to 375

sear pork loin in hot skillet with oil on all sides

pour glaze over the meat in the hot skillet.

cover tightly with foil- very hot so carefully and place in oven 30-40 minutes or until roast reaches 165 degrees.  Don’t overcook.

Remove meat from pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

reserve Drippings for added sauce to drizzle over meat, rice , potatoes or just to dip your bread into.  So good.

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