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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Entrees, High Protein, Seafood

More Fish Please! Tilapia

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I have really been working hard to get fish on the dinner table at least two times a week. Its such a healthy option that is high in protein, low fat and very satisfying.  I just have always hated the smell in my kitchen and to be honest the cost.  A good piece of Halibut is now cost in the ball park of $20 per pound.  And if you are not comfortable cooking fish you have the fear of destroying the mini investment. I have really enjoyed cooking the Tilapia loins from Costco.  they are a less pricey fish, that is a meaty texture that has no fishy-ness at all.  Also fast to cook.  thaw in fridge the morning of and cooks up on 12-15 minutes in the oven.

Recipe-

baked Tilapia with herb and lemon seasoning.

  • Tilapia filets
  • Olive Oil
  • garlic seasoning salts (webber brand is yummy)
  • lemon pepper
  • Italian  seasoned bread crumbs
  • fresh lemon slices
  • parmesan cheese

Line a baking sheet with heavy aluminum foil.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

coat cooking area with light oil

sprinkle with seasoning to cover and arrange fish

lightly coat tops of fish with oil and sprinkle with seasonings, light sprinkle of breadcrumbs and parmesan  cheese.

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Bake at 400degrees for 12-14 minutes.  Internal temp reaches 145 degrees F

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Enjoy with wild rice, your favorite vegetable and or a salad. Mango salsa as a garnish is really nice as well to compliment the fish.  So versatile  and delicious.

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Entrees, Garden, Vegetable

Spaghetti Squash – healthier option

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I don want to say this is the perfect option to pasta-  because well I am a pasta freak! This is a healthy option for a good spaghetti sauce that taste really good!  the key is a fresh spaghetti squash and really getting it steamed/bakes to tender.  I just half mine- seed it and roast it in an inch of water on the base of the pan. Cutting a raw squash can be tricky with the outside skin being really hard and tough.  So if this makes you nervous- roach the entire whole squash and seed it when its fully cooked.  I would recommend foil wrapping it if you cook it whole and icreash bake time by 20 minutes depending the size of the squash. Turn it half way thru the baking process.

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I roasted mine tightly foiled covered and halved for 1 hour at 400 degrees.  this was a 2.5 lb squash.  you can tell if its done if the exterior is soft and gives easily.

remove and allow to cool- then fork spread the meat into a bowl. season to taste.

 

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I like mine, as pictured, with my ground chicken veggie tomato sauce with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  also good with butter, salt and pepper or season salt.

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Entrees, Gluten Free, Dairy free, High Protein, Poultry, Soups and Appitizers, Traditions

Chili (shh…its healthy!)

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I love chili-  but chili doesn’t always love me.  the heat from spices as well as the fat from the red meat didn’t always sit well with my tum tum.  I ventured out to make a healthy hearty chili- with out all the fat but high in protein.  This recipe was a real home run with the family as well as hitting home with 98% fat free, low calorie, high fiber and high protein.  Punching almost 18 grams of protein per 1 heaping cup serving.

Recipe:

  • 1 Lb ground lean turkey browned
  • 1 cup each follow veggies
    • Yellow Onion
    • Mixed bell peppers
    • roasted sweet potato chopped
    • zucchini
    • cauliflower
  •  5 12 oz cans each of organic beans red kidney, black, pinto, great northern
  • Large can 28  oz crushed tomatoes
  • sm can 12 oz chopped roasted tomato
  • small can roasted green chilis
  • 2 tsp chopped jar garlic or 2 cloves cleaned and chopped
  • 2.5 TBS Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne  pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder

Veggies hiding in this pot!  so yummy.

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yes veggies! As you can see I added cauliflower, chopped zucchini, mixed bell peppers (frozen from my freezer shortcut) and not pictured sweet potato to add a bit of sweet spice.  1 cup of each.

 

Brown the ground turkey (98% Fat free lean) in a tablespoon of olive oil. drain any fat and add veggies, fresh garlic, pepper and garlic powder – cook until soften and to flavor the meat.  Add seasonings.

Let us talk Chili Power. they are not all alike. They all have salt and major color differences.  there is Organic, low sodium and smoker flavored.  so go to your spice store and explore. Taste- and see what you prefer. I like a darker color but the lighter has more flavor- so I do a three pic chili powder. img_5431

Then Cayenne to taste.  I go light to avoid the hot…

Beans! Beans! Beans!

Dried beans work great if you do the pre-soak the night before. This is a great option for the pressure cooker.  Doing dried beans in the pressure cooker can rush the process if canned is not available.  I use organic canned that has no added seasonings.  Black, red kidney, great northern and pinto. all fat free, high fiber and protein and full of flavor. Canned be sure you rinse the metallic slime water off before adding to your pot.

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Slow simmer for 2 hours.  If you don’t want to babysit the pot- stirring to insure it not scorch- trader to your large crock pot on 4 hour low.

Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped onions.  All optional.  This freezes fantastic.