Dutch Oven Applesauce & Onion Pork Loin

dutch oven applesauce pork loin collage

What you will need:

 1 med sliced onion into thin rings

1 small apple sliced thinly-skin on

12 oz unsweetened natural applesauce

2 tbsp. canola/olive oil

1 to 1 1/4 lb of pork loin cuts or pork tenderloin cut into thick pcs. (shown above)

Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon

 

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees

Place 2 tbsp. canola/olive oil in bottom of Dutch oven on stove top on med heat

Season pork with salt and pepper and place pork loin pcs. in oil to brown 2 mins on each side

Remove pork from Dutch oven and place apples and onions down to start to brown

Season apples and onions with 2 dashes cinnamon, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1 tsp. brown sugar and 2 tsp. honey

Stir and cook on med heat for 5 min then place pork back in Dutch oven on top of onions and apples

Add the 12 oz of unsweetened natural applesauce and stir around once more

Place lid on Dutch oven and place in the oven for 1.5 hours on 300 degrees

 

Easy ingredients, easy one pot cook and clean up!

(If you have a bigger family or just want to make more pork at one time you can easily add a little more of each seasoning, apples and onions)

Enjoy!

xo-A

 

 

 

 

 

White Chili

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White Chili

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Directions:

Take 1 tsp butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil and heat on med in bottom of pot

Add 1 tbsp. minced garlic and brown for 1 min

Add 1/2 c chopped white onion and brown for few mins

Add 1/2 lb lean ground turkey and brown for 5 to 7 min, mixing every so often

Add the following seasonings: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, Badia complete seasoning, chili powder and continue to brown for few more mins

Add 1 c white wine and let simmer on med heat for 10 min, stirring occasionally

Add 1 c chopped yellow baby tomatoes

Add 1 can white bean of your choice-I used low sodium great northern and 1 small can of white corn, stir all together

Stir in  1/2 c plain Greek yogurt, 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp lemon juice

Add another dose of all of the above seasonings: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, Badia complete seasoning, chili powder

Cook 1 c of pasta- I used whole grain elbows-when done cooking add to pot of chili

Chop avocado and add to pot

Give everything one last big stir around and let simmer for few more mins

Place in bowls and add shredded pepper jack cheese to top off and whole grain tortilla chips if you like!

Serves 5

Enjoy! A

Chicken, peppers and angel hair tossed with pnb & soy sauce

What you will need:

Seasonings: (1/2 tsp of each)

ginger

garlic powder

cinnamon

dry mustard

blk pepper

Sauce:

2 tsp Light olive oil or reg olive oil

1 tsp natural peanut butter

1/4 c lite sodium soy sauce

2 tsp sriracha or hot sauce

whisk together and add into pan right before you drop the pasta in to toss

Peppers and onions:

1/2 cup sliced red onion, 2 cups chopped sweet peppers-yellow, red, orange

Chicken:

cube 1 and 1/2 lbs chicken breast and boil in water for 8 min. Drain and then add back to pan with 1/4 c water remaining. Add to the skillet 1 tsp unsalted butter, 2 tsp minced garlic, the peppers and onions. Season with the above seasonings evenly and cook for 10 min on med while the pasta cooks.

Angel hair or other pasta:

Whole grain, 4 servings-cook according to package

Toss all together and serve! Serves 3 adult portions and one hungry 4 year old!

angel hair with peanut butter soy sauce

Enjoy! A

HEALTHY ITALIAN TUNA BAKE

italian tuna bake

Directions & Ingredients:

6 oz Greek yogurt

8 oz lite sour cream

2 tsp tomato paste

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1/4 c white or spanish onion chopped

1/2 c chopped mushrooms

1/2 c chopped yellow, green or red peppers (or a combo)

2 cans white albacore tuna

2 cups dry mini penne or rotini whole grain pasta

1 c shredded mozzarella

1/4 to 1/2 c Italian breadcrumbs (whole wheat)-depending on your taste (go easy)

First, boil pasta just under what the directions tell you to because you are going to bake it for additional time.

At the same time in a pan on the stove on med heat mix the yogurt, sour cream and tomato paste with the following seasonings: garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper, red pepperflakes and paprika. Mix well and let sit for 5 min until warmed all the way through.

Pour the cheesy sauce mixture into the baking dish-I used a 9×13. Strain the pasta and also pour into baking dish.

In the same pan add the veggies along with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and let cook down for 5 to 7 min.

Lastly, combine all ingredients into the baking dish-finishing off with the shredded mozzarella, parmesan and breadcrumbs. (I also added fresh parsley and more black pepper at this point)

Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 min.

Enjoy!!!
A

Pomegranate pork roast

pomegranate pork roast with lemon and apple

What you will need:

Pork roast-1.5 to 2 lbs

1/2 c arils (pomegranate)

1 lemon quartered

1 granny smith apple sliced

1/4 c chopped onion

2 stalks celery chopped

2 cups low sodium chicken stock

1/4 c lemon juice

Seasonings:

2 pinches sea salt, 3 pinches ground blk pepper, 2 pinches cinnamon, 3 pinches cummin, 2 pinches  parsley

Slow cook in crock pot on low for 5 to 7 hours. I am serving mine with clean baked hash browns topped with just a  little  shredded pepper jack cheese on top.

Enjoy!

xoxo-A

Cucumber tuna salad with Greek yogurt, soy sauce and wasabi mustard

cucumber tuna salad with Greek yogurt, soy and wasabi

Great source of protein!!!! Are you eating enough protein??? Tuna and Greek yogurt are 2 great and affordable sources. I eat Greek yogurt every day at some point whether it is in tuna salad like this, with granola or alone with berries or fruit. Try just adding Greek yogurt to something you are maybe already eating daily and watch what happens!!! It is an awesome and healthy substitute to mayo or even  cheese when called for in recipes.

2 4.5 cans of white albacore tuna (StarKist selects if you are feeling fancy!) Great source of omega 3, low sodium, high protein, low carb)

3/4 c Greek yogurt (my favorite healthy food in the whole world)

2 tsp low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp wasabi mustard

3/4 c chopped cucumber

2 tsp chopped onion

1 stalk chopped celery

salt, pepper and parsley to taste

Options to eat:

Alone with whole wheat pita chips

On a flatout flat bread with more veggies

With hard-boiled eggs, cheese and tomatoes on a platter

Be creative and sneak other veggies, herbs or spices in there-you don’t have to do it exactly how I posted it!

Enjoy!!!!
xoxoxo-A