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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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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

Skinny Enchilada Casserole
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This easy crowd pleaser is perfect for when you want to feed a crowd with what you have on hand. I always have leftover tortillas and all of these other items should be staples in any cooks kitchen.
Servings Prep Time
6 15 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 min. 5 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 15 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 min. 5 min.
Skinny Enchilada Casserole
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This easy crowd pleaser is perfect for when you want to feed a crowd with what you have on hand. I always have leftover tortillas and all of these other items should be staples in any cooks kitchen.
Servings Prep Time
6 15 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 min. 5 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 15 min.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 min. 5 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375. spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, diced tomatoes, half of the enchilada sauce, salsa, seasoning, cream cheese, corn and black beans. Combine.
  3. pour the remaining enchilada sauce into a shallow bowl. Dip tortillas into sauce and lay on bottom of baking dish. Put some of the mixture over the sauce, spreading evenly. Repeat another layer of tortillas and then mixture. End with tortillas.
  4. Top with cheese and put into oven and bake for 30 min. or until bubbly. Enjoy!
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Coconut Lime Chicken

Coconut Lime Chicken
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This slightly exotic meal is easy to prep ahead of time, toss in the fridge and forget until your ready to cook it and most importantly, delicious!
Servings Prep Time
4 10 min.
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
4 10 min.
Cook Time
15 min.
Coconut Lime Chicken
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This slightly exotic meal is easy to prep ahead of time, toss in the fridge and forget until your ready to cook it and most importantly, delicious!
Servings Prep Time
4 10 min.
Cook Time
15 min.
Servings Prep Time
4 10 min.
Cook Time
15 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry chicken breast. Cut away any fat. Butterfly chicken breast but cut all the way through to make two pieces of chicken. Place in large zip lock bag.
  2. Place all remaining ingredients in bag with chicken. Massage bag to fully mix ingredients and place in fridge until ready to cook or for a minimum of 30 min.
  3. When you are ready to cook, spray grill pan with non-stick cooking spray. When hot add the chicken and grill on both sides until done.
  4. In a separate pan, put remaining marinade and cook until it comes to a boil to ensure that it is safe to eat.
  5. Serve chicken over rice with marinade if you like and enjoy!
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When life gets crazy, just cook!

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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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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

Chicken Tamale Casserole
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For a yummy family friendly recipe, try this easy tamale casserole that has been lightened up for those watching their calories and fat.
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
30 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
30 min.
Chicken Tamale Casserole
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For a yummy family friendly recipe, try this easy tamale casserole that has been lightened up for those watching their calories and fat.
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
30 min.
Servings Prep Time
8 15
Cook Time
30 min.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Combine cheese and next 7 ingredients (through chiles) in a large bowl. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until set.
  5. Poke entire surface of casserole with fork and pour enchilada sauce over top allowing it to sink down into the holes.
  6. Top with chicken and remaining cheese.
  7. Bake another 15 minutes or until bubbly.
  8. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes and enjoy with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from Cooking light and slightly modified by the Fitchickfoodie to be even more healthy!

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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.