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Island Pork Tenderloin

Island Porl Tenderloin
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This yummy and easy pork tenderloin is perfect for a quick and easy mid week dinner. Plus, if you have leftovers, pork is always perfect for a quick and healthy stir fry.
Servings Prep Time
6 10 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 min. 5 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 10 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 min. 5 min.
Island Porl Tenderloin
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This yummy and easy pork tenderloin is perfect for a quick and easy mid week dinner. Plus, if you have leftovers, pork is always perfect for a quick and healthy stir fry.
Servings Prep Time
6 10 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 min. 5 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 10 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 min. 5 min.
Ingredients
spice rub
Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Stir rub ingredients together. Rub over meat and put in refrigerator until ready to cook.
  2. Heat oil in ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet (I used my cast iron pan.) Brown pork until golden. Don't cook through.
  3. Mix glaze ingredients. Pour over browned pork.
  4. Transfer meat to 350 degree oven and cook until desired doneness about 20 min. Let pork stand before cutting. Enjoy!
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin
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Servings Prep Time
6 5 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20 min. 10 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 5 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20 min. 10 min.
Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin
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Servings Prep Time
6 5 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20 min. 10 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 5 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
20 min. 10 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a large resealable bag, combine all spices. Place meat in bag and shake until coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 min.
  3. Coat grill with cooking spray. Grill meat for approximately 20 minutes or until done. Remove from grill and let sit before cutting into.
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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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.

When life gets crazy, just cook!

me and boys

While I’m not really a traditional person in the sense of roles within the home, I do prefer to do the cooking and like to provide for my family in this arena. That’s not to say that I have a problem with them fending for themselves as I believe that the best lesson I can teach my kids and husband for that matter is to do for themselves. However, after last week I have to admit that I’m suffering from a bit of “meal guilt.”

You see, last week was crazy in every sense of the word. We had just returned from a long and glorious vacation, we all returned to work . I had two tennis games, one tennis drills practice, doctor appointments for both boys, driving lesson for one boy, driving test the next day, a surprise birthday pastry, and tons of other errands. I was only home two evenings all week and was exhausted. Therefore, it was all for one and one for all in the meal department. I personally ate a lot of egg whites. However, that doesn’t exactly appeal to the rest of my family.

Because this week looks equally crazy and I don’t want my family to starve, I’ve decided to do what I’m famous for when life gets crazy and cook! Following my morning coffee, I set out to prepare meals and snacks that can be eaten all week long and everyone will like. From snacks to dinner, I came, I cooked and now we will all eat!

First, to satisfy my boys that hunger for a quick breakfast, I prepared my yummy and healthy banana bread. For the chocoholics in the house, I made double chocolate brownies. For snacks, I pre-measured non-fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit, cut up Celery to be eaten with high protein Greek cream cheese or peanut butter. I also stocked the fridge with my favorite “light and fit” Greek yogurt in a variety of flavors.

For dinner, I’m catering to my boys as once again I will be out several nights playing tennis and I want them to have something yummy to eat. I’ve pre-made a huge casserole of my healthy chicken enchiladas which are on my blog. They will be delicious and only get better as leftovers. Because the way to my husbands heart is meatloaf, I’ve made a lean meatloaf which he will get at least a couple of meals out of. I will top the week off with a light and yummy chicken Parmesan which again makes great leftovers.

For me, I am grilling up some fresh salmon (yes you can re-heat salmon!) which I will eat alongside veggies or throw on a nice green salad. I eat my fish the first part of the week to ensure its quality. I am also grilling a bunch of chicken breast that I will treat the same as my fish and eat with veggies for a nice lean meal. I am roasting Brussels spouts, portabella mushrooms and zucchini as my veggies this week. The key to quick and healthy meals is ensuring that you prep healthy ingredients ahead of time so you never have an excuse to not eat your best.

In addition to my large pre-cooked meals, I have made sure that I have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, portable protein shakes and snacks ready to go. I also bought a lean turkey roast from Costco which is great as a snack of meal. In case I run short on meals, I always make sure that my freezer is packed with healthy proteins such as grilled chicken, fish and beef.

With a little good planning, you can keep up with your busy life while not blowing your diet or starving those you love. So when life gets crazy, just cook!

On Pot Skinny Tex Mex Casserole

One Pot Skinny Tex Mex Casserole
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This one pot wonder is great for a pot luck, large crowd or a hungry family.
Servings Prep Time
8 20
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 20
Cook Time
15 min.
One Pot Skinny Tex Mex Casserole
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This one pot wonder is great for a pot luck, large crowd or a hungry family.
Servings Prep Time
8 20
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 20
Cook Time
15 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray 13x9 i8nch casserole with cooking spray.
  3. In large skillet, cook onion, garlic and meat until done.
  4. Drain any liquid and return to low heat.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except cheese plus 1/2 cup of water and mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour into bottom of prepared casserole, top with cheese and cook in oven for 15 minutes until bubbly - enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from the Skinny Mom and adapted to make easier and quicker for busy moms!

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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!

Don’t let food rule you!

me and boys

So I recently started training a lovely young mother who came to me wanting to lose quite a lot of weight. Not unusual. I meet people all the time who want to lose weight, have lost themselves in their busy lives, have put everyone else first and themselves last. Not unusual, but common for women.

I’ve only met with her once, but right away I could tell she was serious and was excited to start her journey. While she can only train with me one time per week, she was obviously no less serious than someone training three times per week and quickly began to ask for my assistance, guidance and motivation with regards to food, cardio and exercise on her own. I’m happy to oblige.

Like with most clients, I asked her to simply track her food for the week so that she can see what she is actually consuming. In her excitement, she not only tracked her food, but began to really pay attention to how much she is consuming and restrict her calories. While I believe in “baby steps” and not over restricting, I supported her efforts and will continue to offer my assistance. She’s eager and I don’t want to squash her efforts in any shape or form.

One of the best parts of my job (there are many) is when a client discovers something on their own that I know will aide them in their journey. Because things only really make sense when you experience it on your own right? Therefore, I was delighted when this new client described a weekend outing where she went out to dinner and drinks and “was impressed that she could be completely satisfied, have wine abs not completely destroy her hard work.” In other words, she made it about the experience, not the food.

I’ve been preaching this message for years! In a world where “food is king,” we put too much focus on food and not enough on what really counts, like the outing itself, the company we are in and the activity we are engaged in. Therefore, I was delighted to hear one of my clients get this all on their own. She realized that she could still have a great time without over indulging.

If you want to be successful when it comes to meeting your health and fitness goals, check your priorities and don’t leg food rule you. Food is only as powerful as you allow it to be. However, if you totally deny yourself, you will likely give in and over indulge. Therefore, you for good, not perfection on the food front, allow yourself to be human and most importantly, make social situations about the people, not the food.

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.

Beef with Snow Peas

Beef with Snow Peas
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If you are looking for a quick and tasty beef dish, this one is perfect. I love it because it has all the essentials, protein, good carbs and some starch (something that is okay in moderation.)
Servings Prep Time
8 5
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 5
Cook Time
15 min.
Beef with Snow Peas
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If you are looking for a quick and tasty beef dish, this one is perfect. I love it because it has all the essentials, protein, good carbs and some starch (something that is okay in moderation.)
Servings Prep Time
8 5
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 5
Cook Time
15 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice beef against the grain.
  2. In small bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch and ginger. Pour half of mixture over meat and mix with hands. Reserve remainder of mixture.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet. Add snow peas and cook for approximately 45 sec. Place on plate.
  4. Allow pan to get hot again and add meat. Cook quickly (this is a stir fry so the heat should be hot!) and don't overcook.
  5. Add in remainder of marinade and snow peas and scallions. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add salt and red pepper if you like.
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Easy and Healthy Chicken Caccitore

Easy and Healthy Chicken Caccitore
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For an easy and healthy Italian meal perfect for the family or a crowd, try this "one pot wonder" tonight!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Easy and Healthy Chicken Caccitore
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For an easy and healthy Italian meal perfect for the family or a crowd, try this "one pot wonder" tonight!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper liberally. Add to pan and and cook until golden on both sides. Does not have to be thoroughly cooked. Transfer to plate.
  3. Add the peppers, onion and garlic to pan and saute until onion is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  5. Add the tomatoes, broth, capers and oregano.
  6. Return chicken to pan. Turn to coat in sauce.
  7. Bring to simmer. Continue to simmer for about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked.
  8. Sprinkle with basil and serve over pasta if you wish. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentis. Slightly modified to make it even more healthy.

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