Sunday, February 28, 2016

Island Pork Tenderloin

 I love to make Pork Tenderloin...especially when we are trying to eat healthier!! I had one of my recipes in mind, but I didn't have one of the most important ingredients...So I went to Pinterest to find some Pork Tenderloin recipes. I am so glad I did!! This is "Island Pork Tenderloin" 
It was so easy and an absolute HIT!! The sauce was so delicious and it would be good on chicken too. I didn't have any Tabasco so I used Frank's Hot Sauce. I also ended up cooking mine for 25 minutes, then under the foil for another 15.

This is going to be a part of our regular repertoire when Pork Tenderloin is on the menu!!

For spice rub:
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pork tenderloins (2 ¼ - 2 ½ lbs total) trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For Glaze:
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco

Stir the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and rub all over the pork.  Heat oil in ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Brown pork, turning occasionally, about 4-5 minutes total.  Remove from heat, but leave pork in skillet.

Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl.  Pat the mixture on top of the pork.  Place skillet in the oven at 350.  Roast until thermometer inserted diagonally into the center of each tenderloin registers 140 degrees, about 20 minutes.  Let pork stand in skillet, loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chicken Tamale Pie

  • So we are back to eating less caloric meals... because that is what we do every January. :) This is another Pinterest meal. I love Pinterest! I find such great recipes there. Anyway, this delicious meal only comes to about 220 calories per serving (serves about 8). One of the great things about this dinner is that your house will smell heavenly! We couldn't wait to dig in. Yes, it was a hit! 

  • Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup fat free milk
  • ¼ cup egg substitute
  • 1½ tablespoon taco seasoning, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14¾ ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) box corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce 
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (I just used a can of much easier!!)
  • 2/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese 


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients (milk through green chiles), using just ½ tablespoon of the taco seasoning, in a large bowl, stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a round pie plate coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes. While corn is baking, toss the chicken in the remaining 1 tablespoon taco seasoning. When corn is done - it will be just barely set and golden brown - pierce entire surface liberally with a fork (it might stick a little bit to the fork). Pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. 

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