Any Night Pork Tenderloin

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Many times when I think about pork tenderloin I think about barbecue, or a Sunday dinner after church, or a day when I have extra time to cook up a storm.  We don’t eat pork very often, so when we do my kids get excited.  I’m not really sure why I  don’t cook it more often, now that I’m typing that.  Pork tenderloin can be really affordable and tenderloins are usually nice and lean,  you can also trim off any excess fat if needed.  This recipe is  simple, quick, and affordable.  It’s great any night of the week.

I chose to bake the tenderloin in this recipe, but you can grill it as well.  Baking it means you can stick it in the oven, set the timer, and move onto something else.  This always works well when there are kiddos underfoot.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 medium onion, halved
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (Balsamic vinegar also works well in this recipe.)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  You can mix the marinade by hand or like I did in a blender.  If you choose to do it by hand, mince the onion and garlic ,and wisk the ingredients (except the pork) in a bowl.  Otherwise, toss everything into your blender and blend to form a paste.  You can taste to see if you would like to adjust the salt and pepper.  Pour the marinade/paste over the pork.

If you have extra time, you can let the meat marinate for 30 minutes.  If not, place it in the oven at this point.  It still bakes up with a lot of flavor.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Let the pork rest for 3 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

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We ate a lot of potatoes this past week.  Purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, and finally these mashed potatoes.  Mashed potatoes scream comfort and comfort food is what we go to a lot for Sunday dinners.  I don’t know what it is with kids, but mine LOVE mashed potatoes.  It is always one of those sides everyone is happy to have on their plates.

These mashed potatoes have a twist that won’t make you feel guilty for eating them or giving large heaps to your kiddos.  There is no butter or cream in these potatoes, but they are still creamy, tasty, and kid approved.  There is an extra step in roasting the garlic, but it is ridiculously easy for the amount of flavor it adds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8-9 potatoes, peeled and diced ( I used a combo of medium sized red and russets. You don’t need to peel the red potatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1/2 c. broth or more depending on texture (vegetable or chicken)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the head of garlic in an oven proof dish and drizzle with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Roast the garlic in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.  Place the diced potatoes in a pot of water and boil until tender.  Potatoes are done when you can easily mash with a fork.    Drain the water from the potatoes.  Squeeze the roasted garlic from the cloves into you potatoes.

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Add the remaining 4 Tbsp. olive oil, parsley, broth, salt, and pepper.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or whip with a mixer. We had these alongside our pork tenderloin and Honey Balsamic Kale.

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw is another quick side dish.  It’s even faster if you buy the pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, which I did this past week.  This recipe is a little lighter because it is not too heavy on the mayo.  You can also use Miracle Whip and it still tastes great.  The taste is just a little sweeter, so you may want to use less honey.  This same dressing also works really well with broccoli slaw.

We love the crisp crunch of coleslaw as a side for burgers, barbecue sandwiches, and even fried fish.  Although, that’s really the Tennessee guy I married. New Orleanians generally like a good potato salad with our fish, but that’s another recipe for another day.

Ingredients:

  • 1-16oz. bag of Shredded Cabbage and Carrots
  • 1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

Place the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl combine the mayo, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and onion powder.  Stir until well combined and add to the cabbage.  Stir until all of the veggies are covered in dressing.  Serve and enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

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My son didn’t want me to give away his Turkey Burger recipe.  He said it should just be saved for him.  That is a picture of his plate with his loaded burger.  Notice the Avengers cup in the background.  This is my nod to him and his sweet possessive spirit.

My husband’s a beef guy, but sometimes I can get Ground Turkey on sale at a really good price.  Sometimes we make meatballs or spaghetti, but who doesn’t love a burger?  Combined with Sweet Potato Fries it made a fun Saturday night dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire  sauce
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1-2 eggs, use 2 if you have the leaner turkey

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and form into patties large enough to fit your buns.  Cook over medium-high heat on a greased griddle.  Cook 4-5 minutes per side, until you see the meet brown.DSCN2059

Enjoy with your favorite burger toppings.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Purple Potatoes

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For a while my son couldn’t have rice or wheat, and potatoes started sneaking more and more onto our menus. It’s a good thing they are pretty versatile.  I am a huge fan of the simplicity of roasted potatoes.

We usually roast red potatoes, and fingerlings are always good too, but my littlest is currently obsessed with the color purple.  This past week at the grocery store she spotted these beautifully hued baby potatoes and asked very nicely if we could buy them.

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Boy, am I glad she did!  The kids were enamored with the deep color and we were all smitten with the taste.  The texture after roasting was almost velvety.   These were such a nice side for our salmon the other night.  I will definitely be splurging on these delicious spuds again.

Ingredients:

  • 1, 24oz. (1.5 lbs.) bag of Baby Purple Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/2 Tbsp. each of Kosher Salt and Course Ground Pepper)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment or grease.  To save on clean up, I actually lined my cookie sheet with foil and covered in olive oil spray.  Wash the potatoes and slice in half.  Place the potatoes on the cookie sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, then toss.  Once they are completely covered, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley and toss again.  Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Try not to eat them too quickly!

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Gluten Free Salmon Croquettes

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Last night for dinner we had Salmon Croquettes, Roasted Purple Potatoes, and Broccoli.  My children LOVE Salmon Croquettes.  Sometimes we make them out of fresh salmon and sometimes we use canned Salmon.  Some people have a thing against canned Salmon, but it cuts down on a step when making this dish and makes for a really quick dinner.  It’s also a less expensive alternative.

This recipe is made with canned, but you can always bake a 1 pound salmon fillet, crumble the salmon and then follow the recipe or break apart left over salmon you may have in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 1, 14.75 oz. can of Salmon (We used Red Sockeye)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley, fresh well too
  • 1/2 c. quick oats
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup oil ( enough to cover the bottom of your frying pan)
  • salt and pepper to taste, about 1/2 tsp each
Directions:
Drain the liquid from the salmon and place the salmon in a medium-size bowl.  Using a fork, break apart the salmon.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the oil, to the bowl and stir until well combined.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Make sure to test your oil to make sure it’s hot.  You can touch the fork or spoon used to mix the patties to the heated oil to test.  If it sizzles immediately you’re ready to go.  If the oil isn’t hot enough, the croquettes will soak in the oil and will not be as light.
Form palm-size patties and place into the oil.
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Cook for approximately 3 minutes on each side.  Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
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    This recipe makes 8 croquettes.  My kids love these with my daughter’s homemade tartar sauce.  We only had one croquette left and my husband didn’t even get one, but that’s another story for another day. Enjoy!

What’s For Dinner? 2/26/16-3/4/16

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I may not plan many things, but I’m a menu planner.  Planning my dinners a week in advance helps save my sanity.  I usually start with a few ideas and then sit down with my children to see if they have any thoughts or wishes.  While I am the final decision maker, when I include my kiddos, they take ownership of the menu and tend to look forward to the meals.  It’s not full proof, but it goes a long way in lessening dinner disputes.

We have a chalkboard wall in our kitchen and we post the weekly menus.  Everyone knows what to expect.  It cuts down on those last minute trips to the grocery store because we make the menus before our weekly trip.  I’ve often had friends ask me about sharing our menus.  I usually write our menus on Friday and today I thought why not share.

I try to cook enough to have leftovers some days, so we won’t usually have 7 meals listed over 7 days.  This week we’ll be eating the following :

Friday- Salmon Croquettes, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Saturday- Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, and Cole Slaw

Sunday- Pork Loin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Honey Balsamic Kale

Monday- Leftovers

Tuesday- Red Beans and Rice with Salad and Cornbread

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Chicken Piccata

Friday- Something with Shrimp ( Every now and then I’m not super specific.)

My goal is to update the blog with recipes to go along with the menu throughout the week.

How do you plan your dinners?