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Recipes from Monday Night

Recipes from Monday Night’s Dinner

Sauted Kale:
1 bunch of kale – rinsed and cut into bite sized pieces
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat saute pan on medium heat, spray with cooking spray and add garlic.
2. Saute for 1 minute then add kale, cover, and cook for about 2 minutes.
3. Increase heat to medium high, add chicken broth, sugar and salt and pepper and saute until all the liquid is absorbed and the kale is tender.
4. Serve hot

Pork Tenderloin with Whiskey Sauce
Serves 6 – 8
Preheat oven to 500 degrees
1/3 cup whiskey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes from a can
1 tablespoon Cajun spice seasoning
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons honey
2 pounds pork tenderloin
1. Combine whiskey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, Cajun spice, onion powder and honey in a bowl or plastic bag. Add pork and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
2. Remove pork from marinade (reserving marinade) and set on a broiler pan sprayed with cooking spray. Roast pork in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and roast another 20 minutes or until pork reaches 160 degrees.
3. While pork is roasting, pour marinade in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Lower heat and simmer sauce until pork is fully cooked.
4. Remove pork from oven, slice, and pour sauce on top on a serving platter.

Posted in Main Courses, Pork, Sauces, Slow Cook, Tips/Hints

Monday Night Dinner

First – I would like to thank you for reading the blog and providing positive feedback and helpful information. I am so happy that on my first night there is interest in healthy eating and cooking.

Tonight’s dinner was a “thumbs up”. It’s amazing how after 5 1/2 years, I still don’t get used to Nick’s inherent first impression of “I don’t want that for dinner”. However, our motto is “at least take one bite to try it, if you still don’t like it then we’ll figure something out”. Sure enough, he took one bite with the sauce and liked it so much that we had to cut him off after his second slice. He even poured a little sauce on the side of rice to give it a little more flavor. Just keep insisting that they try something different and the kids will come around.

I cooked pork tenderloin in whiskey sauce, sauteed kale and brown rice. I provided the pork and kale recipes below if you’d like to try any of them. When you cook any of these recipes, please let me know if the directions were detailed enough for you to get through the recipe easily.

Note of cooking veggies without fat: It is helpful to saute vegetables covered for the first few minutes when you are cooking without fat so that the natural juices come out and avoids sticking in the pan. Also, you may want to lower the heat because the higher the heat, the more likely they will stick.

Here are the recipes…Happy Cooking!!