Course: Main Course

Island Pork Tenderloin

island pork tenderloin

Healthy eaters often turn to chicken as a means of satisfying their protein needs. Don’t forget about pork – the other white meat! It’s easy to prepare and goes a long way. I made this recipe last week and it was a hit the first and second time around!

Skinny Enchilada Casserole

enchilada casserole

I’ve become an avid tennis player in the last year. Some would even say I’m a bit obsessed. Most of those people don’t play sports and haven’t gotten the opportunity to be part of a team and all of the fun that goes along with it. I currently play on two teams and play recreationaly with  bunch of lovely ladies that I now call friends.

Tennis is very social. And where there is social, there is food! The home team is responsible for providing a meal and drinks following the game. While this can sometimes be difficult especially during the week, it is a great opportunity to try out new casseroles and other crowd  pleasers. Being the “Fit-chick,” I always like to try to make something as healthy as it is yummy. I prepared this casserole at my last home match and I actually got an e-mail from a lady on the other team requesting that I post it. Thanks for the reminder Alyssa!

Coconut Lime Chicken

Coconut lime chicken

Being a busy mom, I am constantly in search of recipes that are quick and easy, but still healthy and tasty! There is nothing I love more than make ahead marinated meals that can sit in the fridge for days if life gets in the way and thrown on the stove at the last minute for a quick and healthy meal. That is why I love this recipe! It takes 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook when you are ready. How is that for simple!

Ham and Bean Soup

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Those who know me, know I have two great loves, fitness and cooking. I’d spend my days working out and cooking if I could. I love cooking for my family, but I also love cooking for friends. I think there is no better way to say I love you then with a warm meal made with love. My mother in law lives alone and eats out way more often then I think she should. Therefore, whenever I have a chance I like to cook her up a good meal that will last throughout the week. It makes me feel good to know that she is eating healthful for the week. And the best part, she loves my cooking so she’s always excited to get a home cooked meal from me.

Knowing that my husband was going over to her house to take down her Christmas lights, I got up early to make her a nice ham and bean soup with Banana Bread on the side. I had a ham hock in my freezer from Christmas and always make banana bread when my bananas go bad. I don’t believe in wasting anything! So today I’m spreading the love and health at the same time because we all know someone that could use a hot meal made with love!

Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

chipotle pork

If you are a healthy eater like me, you probably eat a lot of lean meats (unless you are vegetarian of course.) And if you are like me, that probably includes a lot of chicken. It’s the “go to protein!” Well, I don’t know about you, but I get sick of chicken. That’s why I turn to pork or other lean meats whenever possible. Port tenderloin is lean, high in protein, easy to cook and very tasty.

While it’s easy to marinade meats, they can sometimes become tasteless or high in sugar. That’s why I often turn to a good rub. This rub is truly simple, cheap and creates a lovely crust on the meat when grilling. Plus, it packs a kick because it includes one of my all time favorite spices, Chipotle Chili powder.

One Pot Skinny Tex Mex Casserole

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I recently got back to playing tennis and joined a women’s league to up the challenge. Little did I know that a big part of tennis is social, meaning eating and drinking. The host team brings a meal to treat the visiting team. It’s great fun, but can wreak havoc on your waistline. In an attempt to lighten things up while still bringing something that travels well and can sit until our games are complete I found a casserole that fit the bill. I originally pinned it from pinterest, but decided to tweak it a bit to make it quicker and easier. Everyone loved it and asked me to share so here it is!

Chicken Tamale Casserole

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I love Mexican food and this is one of my favorite, mid week, family friendly, lighter recipes. Just toss it all together, throw it in the oven and you are ready to eat. And it is even better the second and even third day.

Brad’s Spaghetti

Brad's Spaghetti

The first date that I ever had with my husband over 24 years ago was a homemade meal at his house. I remember it clearly. He plopped a big steak and some canned corn on my plate and asked if I wanted some ketchup. Romantic right? Well, I thought it was. That is about the most cooking he has done over the passed 24 plus years with the exception of his one and only signature meal, spaghetti. It is a family recipe passed down from his mom who isn’t  much of a cook herself although she makes some tasty dishes.

However, in fairness my husband never really needed to cook because I love to and his mom always made sure he had something to eat. He’s a simple man with “meat and potato” taste who happened to marry a women who loves to cook. In fact, if you ask him why he married me, he’d probably say “because she’s a great cook!”

While I love to cook and do the majority of cooking, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that a husband shouldn’t be able and willing to cook. Due to my hectic schedule I often have “fend for yourself nights.” Those are nights when I simply have prepared nothing and everyone is expected to eat leftovers (we always have good leftovers) or prepare something on their own. And then from time to time, I tell my husband he is in charge of making dinner. His Spaghetti is his “go to meal” and for good reason. On this one night only, I promise myself to step back, bite my tongue and let him have at it.

 

 

Bailey’s Baked Chimichanga’s

Baked Chimis

My oldest son, like many teens, loves Taco Bell. I remember loving it as a teen. It’s inexpensive, easy and filling. Most importantly, it’s Mexican. While he prefers Chipotle or other higher end Mexican food, Taco Bell is within his budget, close by and fast. As a mom, while I can appreciate all those qualities, I’d prefer he’d eat something a bit healthier. Therefore, when I saw a recipe for baked Chimichanga’s on pinterest, I immediatley repinned it.

Of course as tasty as the original recipe sounded, I felt like it could use a little cleaning up. The original recipe called for cream cheese and pepper jack which adds too much fat and calories for my taste. I changed a few things to lighten it up and it was just as delicious, but much more nutritious! I make a big batch of these babies, wrap them up, freeze and my son has lunch anytime he wants.