Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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The first Christmas we were married, Mr. V and I spent alone in Nashville. We went and saw family over Thanksgiving, and planned on seeing more a little after Christmas. But at the time – I was a very tender 22 years old! – it felt devastating. I didn’t have any vacation time for my job, though, because I had just started on November 1. So it just was.

I cried in my cubicle, and then we moved on.


I planned a special Christmas Eve dinner. It’s legend in my nuclear family that the first Christmas Eve my parents were married, my mom made Cornish game hens for my dad. Every couple of years, she would repeat the tradition. I just knew that the pork tenderloin I planned on roasting would be that recipe for our family for years to come.

I followed Paula Deen’s recipe exactly, including the root vegetables, despite the fact that I’d never actually eaten or touched a rutabaga or turnip. I think I made a pie. We went to church at 5:30 and I thought I’d have plenty of time to roast the pork after we got back from the service to have a late dinner. (I vaguely remember this time when I wasn’t worried about feeding small children.)

But I kept looking at the pork, and it was hardly cooked. An hour … an hour and a half … why wasn’t it cooking like Paula swore to me it would?

Well, it turns out, that was because I didn’t know the difference between a pork loin and a tenderloin. I was expecting a huge roast to be magically done in an hour. I think after two hours or so, we were able to saw off the very ends to eat with our turnips. (Ick. I do not like turnips. Or parsnips.)

http://www.pauladeen.com/pork-tenderloin-with-root-vegetables

If you use actual pork tenderloin, this is a fairly simple but incredibly tasty dish. Marinate for a couple hours or overnight, toss in a dish, and roast it for awhile. The cinnamon-flecked meat is great with some roasted veggies and a salad. I roasted carrots and sweet potatoes around the meat, and it worked out great.

Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Asian-inspired marinade gives this pork the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Adapted from Paula Deen.

Ingredients

  • about 1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 2 T red wine or a splash of red wine vinegar
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 green onions, sliced, white and light green parts

Instructions

In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together soy sauce, red wine, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and onions. Place the pork in a gallon-sized zipper bag and pour marinade over it. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place pork on a baking sheet. Surround with vegetables tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic if desired. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Creamy BBQ Chicken Dip {Secret Recipe Club}

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Barbecue Chicken Dip

Well! It’s another month, and another chance for me to poke around a food blogger’s site for the Secret Recipe Club.

This month my assigned blogger was Ashley at Cheese Curd in Paradise. Ashley lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is mom to Kellen and another little boy due super-soon! She serves up some fun recipes, mostly family-friendly fare, which is of course my favorite. So many of her recipes looked like they would be home runs here at casa Weaver. I definitely want to try Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa,  Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, and Ashley’s latest recipe, Loaded Cauliflower Casserole. But I decided for now to make this tasty BBQ Chicken Dip, loaded with lots of creamy stuff alongside chicken and bacon. It’s a great addition to any party table. Or you can just eat the whole sucker yourself. (OK. Maybe not. It makes a LOT.)


It’s not the prettiest dish in the world, but honestly, isn’t it the ugliest food that usually ends up tasting the best? This dip combines chicken and bacon with cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce for a unique flavor profile that is pretty irresistible. You can of course adjust the flavoring to taste; use more hot sauce if you like things spicy! This amount was perfect for me, but I am a little bit of a wimp.

Creamy BBQ Chicken Dip

Yield: 4-5 cups dip

Ingredients

  • 3 c. cooked, cubed or shredded chicken (about 2 large breasts)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 T hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients. Either heat in a slow cooker and serve from there, or heat in the microwave at 50% power for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cream cheese is melted and the mixture is hot. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

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Black Bean & Corn Dip #FoodBloggerLove

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Black Bean & Corn Dip

I couldn’t help myself: I had to try this recipe for a Super Bowl party my Sunday School class had on Sunday night. It comes from Erin Brighton’s blog, which I shared in my big #FoodBloggerLove post earlier today.

It’s Erin’s Creamy Black Bean and Corn Dip. The only substitution I made was using plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The recipe turned out SO good – although you must let it sit for a few hours for all the flavors to blend together. I adore the Magically Delicious Corn Dip, but this one gave it a run for its money! Now you can make both and have a warm or cold option.


Black Bean & Corn Dip

Yield: about 3 cups

Black Bean & Corn Dip

Adapted slightly from Erin Brighton.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15.25 oz. can whole kernel yellow corn, drained (can substitute 1 cup fresh corn kernels when in season)
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded, diced fine
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts, sliced
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise

Instructions

Stir together first five ingredients (through cheese). Add salt and pepper, mayo, and yogurt and mix well to combine. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours. Serve cold with tortilla chips for dipping.

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and visit the other #FoodBloggerLove posts back here.

What did you make for the Super Bowl? I was working on blog stuff, so I made this, Taco Mac and Cheese, and Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings.

Strawberry Cashew Milk Smoothies for #FoodBloggerLove

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Strawberry Cashew Milk Smoothies

Hey guys! Today is all about showing LOVE to a fellow blogger. The lovely ladies of The PinterTest Kitchen organized this #FoodBloggerLove event – and let me join even though I’m only sort of a food blog. Aren’t they sweet?

I am showing the love to Erin Brighton, author of ErinBrighton.com – And She Cooks. Local. Erin a a local foodie in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and FIVE small children. She and one child have celiac disease, so she cooks locally sourced, gluten-free recipes, and shares them with lovely pictures on her blog.


Her recipes aren’t finicky, though – they are family-friendly fare that I think I could get my own (now I feel like I am slacking with just THREE) kids to eat. I have to admit at first I picked the super finicky Macarons from her site to try to make. Mine were a flop … but I have some ideas of what went wrong and I might try again. Maybe.

I am putting Blueberry Cobbler and Panko-Crusted Cod on my list for when the weather warms up this summer. Especially if I can snag some local blueberries from the farmer’s market or, better yet, my in-laws’ blueberry bushes! (They live near Charlotte, too!)

Since we’ve recently put our middle child, David, on a dairy-free diet to try to eliminate his constant allergy issues, I decided to make Erin’s Creamy Cashew Milk. I have made Almond Milk from another source, and I love having it on hand to use in recipes for him. (Or rather, for all of us, but it makes it David-safe.) With only a 1-hour soak and no straining required, this cashew milk was way easier than the almond milk I made! And I think it tastes better, too. I love the mild flavor of cashews.

Homemade Cashew Milk

Unlike store-bought nut milk, this doesn’t have any stabilizers, carrageenan, or other yucky stuff; it is just cashews, water, dates, vanilla, and salt. I used a little over a cup of cashews and about 2 1/2 cups of water, and it made around 5 cups of yummy cashew milk.

With the milk, I made a Valentine’s-themed smoothie for my little ones: cashew milk and strawberry jam, with some ripe banana to sweeten it. I added four drops of food coloring because I wanted it to be nice and pink, but that is totally optional. You can also use strawberries or raspberries instead of jam, if you want – I just went with what we had on hand. The flavor blended with the cashews was delicious, and David was thrilled to have a “milkshake” he could drink!

Strawberry Cashew Milk Smoothies

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 8 ounces

Strawberry Cashew Milk Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 c. homemade cashew milk
  • 1/2 c. all-fruit strawberry jam
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 to 2 c. ice

Instructions

Blend first three ingredients together in a high-powered blender. Add food coloring if using. Add ice gradually until fully combined and smoothie is your desired consistency.

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I am going to share another crazy good recipe I got from Erin’s site later this afternoon, too, so keep an eye out! For now, here’s some fun stuff for #FoodBloggerLove.

During this event, we are giving away a Kindle Fire! You can enter via the Rafflecopter here.

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All the bloggers participating have also donated to No Kid Hungry. This organization helps provide meals for the 1 in 5 children in the U.S. who face hunger (something close to my heart). We’d love it if you would consider donating a dollar or two as well by clicking that link.

Additionally, I have to throw some extra #FoodBloggerLove out to my favorite food blog, Chattavore. I think Erin would approve, since Chattavore (aka Mary) is local to me and loves local ingredients. Y’all, I have never had a Chattavore recipe bomb. Her recipes are consistently awesome and some of our favorites. She also does Chattanooga restaurant reviews, which we check out before eating out pretty much every time.

I hope you’ll enter the giveaway, considering giving to No Kid Hungry, and visit all the wonderful #FoodBloggerLove recipes below. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

Many years ago, I did this thing called Bargain Meals of the Week with 5 Dollar Dinners. I would take the Publix ads and find dirt-cheap deals, and then share recipes that would use the deal items.

I haven’t added most of these meals to my recipe archive, because I didn’t try them out or picture them. I found them at other places. But the Chile Sweet Potato Hash from Rachael Ray was one that I have made, often. Back when Mr. V and I were kidless, we ate this regularly for dinner, because it’s inexpensive and satisfying, and a nice mix-up for breakfast for dinner. I think I saw Rachael make it on “30-Minute Meals” once.


The only issue I have with this dish is the sweet potatoes. It’s difficult to get them to cook through unless you slice them very thin. I suggest slicing as thinly as you can. If they still aren’t cooking through, after your initial 10-15 minute cook time, change the heat to low, put a baking sheet or lid on your skillet, and steam them for a few minutes. Alternately, you could partially cook the sweet potatoes ahead of time in some boiling water. I may try that next time!

If you like heat, use hot breakfast sausage and throw in some cayenne or chipotle chili powder. If you don’t, this isn’t too spicy, but you can cut down on the chili powder if you want.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • 2 large or 3 smaller sweet potatoes - peeled, then cut in half lengthwise, then into half-moon thin slices
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro or coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • for serving
  • salsa
  • eggs, cooked over easy
  • cheese

Instructions

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. When it's hot, add sausage to the pan and break up with a wooden spoon. Brown the sausage for about 3 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes, onions, spices, and some salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring frequently and continuing to break up the sausage, for 10-15 minutes, until sweet potatoes are soft.

Serve with choices of salsa, eggs, and cheese.

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What’s your favorite breakfast for dinner?

Strawberry-Beet Popsicles (or Smoothies)

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Strawberry Beet Popsicles

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: my kids will eat basically anything if I puree it and put it in popsicle form.

Spinach? Yep. Mango? Uh huh. Flax seed, chia seed, coconut oil, coconut milk, carrots – basically anything healthy that they normally won’t touch, they will eat in frozen form!


I finely shredded a beet for Sweet Beet Cookies and had a little bit leftover. I decided to dump it in my Vitamix and add frozen strawberries for a fun, richly red freezer pop. Seriously, the beet gives these a really gorgeous color and an added punch of folate, vitamin C, and potassium, among other nutrients.

I used homemade almond milk in these because we have David off dairy at the moment, but you could definitely use any kind of milk or yogurt you want. Enjoy!

Strawberry-Beet Popsicles (or Smoothies)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 smoothies or about 8 popsicles

Strawberry-Beet Popsicles (or Smoothies)

Ruby-red popsicles with boosts of nutrition from some shredded beet and chia seed.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 c. shredded raw red beet
  • 1 1/2 c. almond milk or other milk
  • 1 tsp. chia seed (optional)
  • 1/2 a ripe banana
  • water as needed

Instructions

Add all ingredients except water to a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth, adding water if needed for it to blend smoothly. Serve as is or freeze in popsicle molds.

Notes

If you make this with fresh strawberries and want to serve as a smoothie, you will need to add ice for the proper frozen texture. If you are making it into popsicles, it doesn't matter if it's more liquidy than icy.

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