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I get bored with proteins.  You know, chicken, fish, and beef.  For whatever reason I usually stay away from pork.  Getting bored with the usuals, I bought a pork tenderloin.

I made one when I was first married and we did not care for it all that much.  I think I used salt and pepper and threw it in the oven.  I don’t exactly remember why we did not like it, but it never made it back to our table again.

A while back, I bought my Michigan Tart Cherry wine, on the back of the bottle it said it was good as a marinade with pork or chicken.  I put it to the test.  They were right!  We loved the pork tenderloin!  It came out fantastic and will make some more appearances.  My husband could not believe how tender it was and said “That is something you serve to company!”.  It was simple to do and is good for about 2 lbs of meat:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Michigan Tart Cherry Wine (plus a bit more to your liking)
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh thyme and sage
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Mix it all up and pour it in a glass dish.  Drop in the loin cover and refrigerate.  Flip after about 1.5 hours and let it go for another 1.5 hours.  Put him in a 350 degree oven (or if the weather is right the grill) until he reaches 160 degrees and you are done!

It was so simple but made a huge difference.  The marinade itself is so pretty, and the finished product has bits of herbs and looks fantastic too!  I have since used it on turkey tenderloin with great results.

Maybe this will take some of the boredom out of your meal tonight.

Have a good one,

Talk soon!

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I know it’s spring but it feels like summer here in Michigan.  We have had record-breaking temps lately.  Here is a refreshing treat that even my little one approves of.  I offered her a sip of my smoothie and she ended up downing the whole thing making head back to the blender.

I know there is tons of recipes for smoothies out there but I am really into this combination lately.  I don’t normally like to use supplements either.  I would rather get my greens from spinach or kale in a smoothie but I am out of both and I had this on hand.

I won this bottle from Gabby Reece’s website last year.  It is a great product in my opinion.  It tastes better than any other “greens” product I have tried.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop Catie’s Organic Greens
  • 1 scoop Jay Robb protein powder (vanilla)

Give it a whirl in the blender and enjoy, unless a pre-schooler decides she wants it.

It was great after my elliptical workout.  I can’t say enough about using an elliptical machine.  It gives me a great cardio workout and keeps my IT band and runners knee feeling pretty good.  I’m not quite back to running yet.  I think I should be soon and when I do I am not training for anything for a while.  I just want to enjoy running again. 🙂

Have a great day!  Go on a  nice run for me too.  🙂

Every year on St. Patrick’s day I make my Irish Soda Bread.  This year it has been so incredibly warm here in Michigan that I just couldn’t justify turning on the oven.  So this year my homemade Irish treat is frozen yogurt!  I am sure there is nothing Irish about this dessert (except maybe that I am making it :)?)

I have been craving it and since I have not made it in a long time I decided it was time to do it.  My daughter loved dumping in all the ingredients in the food processor and watching it whirl around.  I think her favorite part of it all (other than tasting the pre-frozen product) was seeing it begin to set up in the ice cream maker.  I have a Kitchen Aid freezer bowl attachment that I use to make ice cream like treats in.  If you don’t have one no worries, just put it in a cake pan (9″x13″) in the freezer and scrape it occasionally until it is semi-firm in the center and set on the edges.

My little girl did most of the work.  Here is another simple, simple recipe (Like my date treats are).  I was inspired by a Gabby Reece post she had about 2 years ago for this recipe and I change-up the fruit to whatever I have on hand.  Here is what I did this time:

  • 3 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups of low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Like I said above, place it all into the food processor whirl it, put it into your ice cream maker and put it into the freezer until soft in the middle and set on the edges.  Put it into something green and you get an Irish treat to impress your friends and family.  🙂

I enjoy it drizzled with honey or chocolate sauce.  Enjoy it however you like!

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s day!

Talk to you soon!

Lately I have been craving my chocolate date treats.  This morning I set out to curb that craving and make them.  It is super easy to do, and a healthy sweet treat that is three-and-a-half year old approved!

It’s a bit different from my other bars that were a take on a Dr. Mercola’s Cocoa Cassava bars.  This one drops the unsweetened coconut (I’m out :() for extra chia seeds.  You will be so amazed at the chocolatey goodness, the coconut will not be missed!

Into the mini food processor (I like to make small amounts because they are dangerous!  Serious damage could be done on a big batch. :))  :

  • 1/3 C pitted dates + one to two more (ok heaping cup! I like Medjool.)
  • 1/3 C walnuts halves
  • 1 TBSP Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds

Let the machine rip until you get a decent mixture with some recognizable walnut pieces.  Dump it out onto some waxed paper and form a large bar.  Cut into smaller bars or desired shapes.  Make a small depression with a tsp. (or thumb) and pour on some chocolate topping (see below).

Chocolate topping:

  • 2 TBSP or so of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 scant TSP coconut oil

Microwave in 10 second increments until melted. Top the bars with the chocolate and refrigerate until top is set and then eat away!

I hope you try them.  They are amazing!

I have had this Betty Crocker cookie book since 1998.  I got if from my boss at the time.  I used to work seasonally at a tree farm/garden center.  I did it all the way through college (8 years to be exact, yes it took me that long, I changed my major a few times. :)).

It the winter we would be off of work for the season, and I would meet my boss for lunch often.  We went to a book store after lunch one day, and he told me to pick out a book.  I chose that one, and he laughed and called me a “little shit” or something like that since the book I picked was not on sale.  It sounds awful, but he was an older man and was like a grandpa to me more than anything.  I think that is why I chose to stay and work so long (he also paid for my school!).  I really enjoyed it there (It also was the biggest reason I first changed my major from nursing, to horticulture, and then I ended up in biology).  It was so beautiful there. We still talk and see each other to this day.  Anyway, in the book there was a date bar recipe.  I love dates!

If you remember last summer almost every day had some dates stuffed with walnuts in it.  I am somewhat over that phase, but dates have not left completely.  Sometimes they show themselves still stuffed with walnuts, but lately they have transformed into a bar of yummy deliciousness!

I changed up the recipe a bit and here is what I came up with:

Crusty Stuff

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix it all together and put half of it in a 8″x8″ dish.  Press it out evenly.

Date Filling

  •  2 cups of pitted dates (then roughly chop them, I love Medjool!)
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3/4 cup of water

Boil the three ingredients above until it is thick.  Spread it out over the crust in the pan and put the rest of the crusty mixture on top.

I sure wish I had not waited since 1998 to make these bars.  My husband thinks they should now be a staple in the house!  I agree!

Have a good one!

According to foodimentary it is National Peanut Butter Lover’s day!  I recommend celebrating with at least a glob or two today.  🙂

Oatmeal anyone?

How will you celebrate?

The other night I was in the mood for a hot, comforting, hearty, but healthful meal.  I found that in a Butternut stew!  Inspired from a Vegetarian Times recipe, I made mine with a southwestern flavor.  I love squash, I had tofu and pine nuts, so why not try something new!

Black beans and long grain brown rice alongside really made the meal.

  • 4 cups sweet corn kernels (whirl them it food processor a bit till coarse)
  • 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 chicken stock
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 1/2 TBSP ground cumin

Combine the above in a large pot over med heat until squash is cooked.  While cooking the above start on the below,

  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb firm tofu, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Toss tofu in the flour and add to the hot pan.  Cook untill crispy.  Add pine nuts to tofu and cook about 1 min or until pine nuts are toasty.

Combine all of it together and you are finally done!

This is not one of your quick throw together meals.  It took me about an hour to make, but it hit the spot.  I was afraid to throw the pine nuts and the tofu in the squash mixture because they were crispy and delicious. I figured they would not stay that way for long anyway so I threw them in.  It turned out great!  The flavors worked.  Don’t be afraid.  🙂

Have a nice night!