Prep once, eat twice! This is my rule when making pork loin. Pork loin comes in a pack of 2. When I first started cooking pork I was disappointed that I could not just buy one. Now, I rub the spices on each pork loin, place one in a baking dish to cook and the other in a bag and put it in the freezer.
Spiced Pork Loin
Makes 4, Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 25 minutes
16oz pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons garlic infused olive oil (can sub olive oil)
4 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, finely chopped (omit for lowFODMAP)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with the spice rub.
Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and olive oil and pat onto top of tenderloin. Place pork in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 25 minutes.
Line baking dish with foil for easy clean up!
Pork loin comes in a package of 2. Season both, cook one pork loin and place the other in a freezer bag.
I love meals that I can decide to make at 5pm and have on the table in 30 minutes! These turkey burgers use ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. They are simple to whip up and my husband told me they are “blog worthy”. To make lowFODMAP use gluten free bread crumbs.
1 lb 93/7 lean ground turkey
3 Tbsp bread crumbs
1.5 Tbsp Bubbies pickle juice
1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Make burger patties. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, flip patties and cook for another 5-10 minutes until cooked through.
Cooking tip: Make turkey burgers in a pan on the stove. Add 1/8 cup water to pan for burgers to cook and not dry out. You may need to add more water half way through cooking.
I grew up eating sweet and sour chicken, it is a family favorite! I have lightened up this recipe and it still tastes like home!
2 Tbsp Canola Oil
1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground red pepper
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 cups mixed peppers and onions, fresh or frozen
1.5 cups chopped carrots, approx. 3 medium carrots
2 cups diced tomatoes, approx. 2 medium tomatoes
1 20oz can pineapple in 100% juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2.5 Tbsp tapioca starch or corn starch
2.5 Tbsp water
Rice – optional
Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil and ½ cup water in pan. Cube chicken then season with salt, red pepper and black pepper. Sauté chicken until cooked through, then set aside with any excess liquid. Use the same pan, add 1 Tbsp Canola Oil then sauté carrots, onions and peppers until onions are translucent. Add canned pineapple with juice, 1 cup tomatoes and cooked chicken. Heat all ingredients to a simmer. In a separate bowl mix tapioca starch and water. After all ingredients are simmering turn off heat and mix in tapioca starch/water mixture, let stand for 5 minutes, then serve.
Serve over rice. You can omit the rice to keep the carbohydrate content lower.
This recipe is so yummy my son must sneak a bite while I am taking a picture! The chicken salad includes pickles which is a great opportunity to eat prebiotics and probiotics, simply use fermented pickles! Make a large batch and use leftovers for lunch.
Chicken Salad, Salad
1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 tsp Mustard
3 Tbsp “Just Mayo”
2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
2 Bubbies pickles
1 tsp Bubbies pickle juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
8 cups mixed greens
2 cups Grapes
2 cups Cucumbers
Cook and shred chicken. Allow chicken to cool, then add mustard, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, pickles, pickle juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix together.
Serve 2 cups greens, ½ cup chicken salad, ½ cup grapes, ½ cup cucumbers.
I hate to admit it, but muffins and donuts have become a routine part of breakfast at my house! It is amazing how quickly a special treat can turn into a habit! My solution, zucchini carrot muffins! My son loves them and has no idea they are different than the ones we buy at the store. I have made healthy muffins before, but these zucchini carrot muffins are by far the best! To make gluten free I use bob’s red mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour.
Gluten Free Zucchini Carrot Muffins
2 cups shredded zucchini and carrot (approx 1 medium zucchini and 1 medium carrot)
3/4 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup canned pineapple tidbits in 100% juice – drained
3/4 cup rolled oats – processed
1 1/4 cup gluten free rice flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350.
In a bowl mix dry ingredients rolled oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In mixer add eggs and sugar mix until smooth. Then add canola oil and strained pineapple.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
Then stir in shredded zucchini and carrots.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 full (approx. 1/4 cup). Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
My son has been refusing fruit recently, so I decided to be creative with lunch today. This smoothie bowl was a hit. I told him it is like ice cream and it was gone in not time!
DYK: Smoothies are a simple way to get fruits and veggies into your diet. Add protein powder and whole grain cereal, and you have a meal!
2 cups frozen fruit (I used peaches, strawberries and blueberries)
1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop protein powder (20 grams protein)
1/8 cup favorite whole grain cereal crushed
1 T coconut flakes
Place frozen fruit in a bowl and thaw for 1 minute. In a blender add frozen fruit, milk and protein powder. I use my ninja single serve cup! Blend until smooth. Then pour into a bowl and top with kiwi, avocado, and crushed whole grain cereal mixed with coconut. Add variety with different frozen fruit and topping selections.
I thought about making banana ice cream for over a year now. I kept putting it off thinking it was going to be too difficult or not taste good. I cannot believe I waited so long. Banana ice cream is delicious! You must make it today!
Banana Pumpkin Ice Cream
2 frozen bananas (peeled)
4 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Peel and freeze 2 bananas at least 1 hour before making the ice cream. Then blend frozen bananas in a food processor until almost smooth. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until smooth. Serve right away or put in a container and freeze. Enjoy!
Cooking a butternut squash: Cut squash in half, scoop seeds out, and place face down in baking dish with ¼ cup water. Bake butternut squash at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until soft. When finished let squash cool. Scoop squash from the outer shell.
Mix 4 cups butternut squash, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon together. You can eat this while hot or refrigerate for later.
Quick Note: Butternut squash has half the carbohydrate content of sweet potatoes!