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About lpayne401

Busy wife and momma of one beautiful girl. I love to cook and bake, forced to work!

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Grilled Pork Chops and Veggie with Pineapple Salsa

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This was the meal we opened the grill up with this year. Light, healthy and so flavorful! I love salsa, they pack a big punch of flavor without a lot of calories. And this salsa I made was with canned fruit, so it’s easy and cheap! Plus no peeling a pineapple, trying to get the core out and making a mess, thank you canned pineapple!

I made the salsa first.  I drained the pineapple but saved the juice because I used it in the marinade for the pork, waste not, want not!

I mixed the pineapple with some jalapeno pepper and onion.  I used 1/2 the pepper in the marinade for the pork and the rest in the salsa. The red onion I used 1/4 in the salsa and the rest in the grill veggies I made to go along with the pork, so you won’t waste anything making this recipe. Add a little lime juice and salt and pepper and salsa made! I used the tidbit pineapple so no chopping the pineapple up!

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The pork marinated in the pineapple juice, lime juice, jalapeno pepper slices and sprinkled the pork with cumin, red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.

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Everything marinated for about 4 or 5 hours, then off to the grill

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I just combined some veggies in disposal trays for our sides and this is a great thing to do with kids, my daughter doesn’t like peppers, so I made mine with peppers, onions, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes and I made hers with onions, zucchini, garlic and mushrooms, so everyone can customize them the way you want.  Just add a little olive oil, salt and pepper and throw them on the grill with everything else.

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Grill Pork Chops with Veggies and Pineapple Salsa

4 boneless pork chops

1/4 cup of lime juice

pineapple juice from the canned pineapple you use in the salsa

1/2 a jalapeno pepper sliced

4 TBSP. olive oil

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. red pepper

salt & pepper

Mix together spices and sprinkle over pork chops, then in a ziplock bag combine juices, jalapeno and oil and place the pork chops in and marinade for 4 to 8 hours.

Salsa

1/2 can of drained tidbit pineapple

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and de-ribbed and dice finely

1 TBSP. diced red onion

1 TBSP. lime juice

salt & pepper

Combine everything and refrigerate until you serve the pork chops

After the pork has marinated on a medium hot grill, cook pork chops for 5 to 6 minutes per side until thermometer reads 160.

This recipe was shared at The Country Cooks Potluck Party

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Healthy and Cost Cutting Tacos

 

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I’ve fallen of so many wagons recently, it’s time I start getting myself back together in so many ways.  I need to start eating healthy again, I need to blog again. house cleaning, the list goes on and on.

 

But one thing I can control, is what I’m eating, and these healthy tacos were a great place to start.  I know my family’s going to think I’ve lost my mind(this isn’t a new thing LOL) but by adding beans to the mixture, you not only make them healthier, but you can make them cheaper!  Plus I think it makes them a lot better, they’re creamier and I loved the texture. Win Win!

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They’re super tasty, and they are great in salads or on a taco shell. Hopefully they will make an appearance on your table soon!

Healthier and Cheaper Tacos

1/2 lb. ground turkey

15 oz. can of black beans

1 pkg taco seasoning, or make them even healthier and make this homemade taco seasoning

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup of salsa

Brown turkey in a large skillet, when cooked through add the  package of taco seasoning or 2 TBSP of the homemade taco seasoning, water and salsa.  Simmer for another 10 minutes or until thicken.  Serve with cheese, chips, shells or on a salad.

 

 

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Healthy Beef Lo Mien

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This dish was soooo good, I only got a taste of it when it came out of the crock pot, because my daughter claimed the rest of it!  It always makes a mamma happy when your kids love what you make.

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The sauce was soooo good, some garlic, soy & oyster sauce, with ginger, brown sugar and a little Sriracha sauce.

Then once that had cooked for a couple of hours I dumped a bag of frozen Chinese veggies on top, then the last half hour I took the steak out, sliced it and diced it (and this is why you can use a cheap piece of meat, slow cooked + dicing it small, it won’t be tough)  put it back in the crock pot and stirred in some cooked noodles, and it came out amazing!

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Healthy Slow Cooker Lo Mein

1 lb. round steak

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium

1 TBSP. brown sugar

1 TBSP . oyster sauce

1 TBSP. grated ginger

1 tsp. Sriracha sauce

1 16 oz. bag of frozen Chinese veggies

6 oz. cooked whole wheat angel hair pasta

salt & pepper

Place steak in the bottom of crock pot and in a small bowl combine garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce, ginger and Sriracha sauce.  Pour over steak and cook on high for 2 hours, then add frozen veggies on top of the steak, cook for 1 1/2 hours, then remove steak and cut in small pieces(cheap steak works great for this because it’s cut up small so it being tender isn’t a problem) and stir steak and cooked pasta in the sauce and veggies.  Save a little pasta water in case it’s dry, but I didn’t have that problem.

This recipe was shared on The Country Cooks Weekend Potluck Party