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Pork Loin with Twice Baked Potato

I regularly find pork loin on sale at my local discount grocery store. Usually I have to buy two loin, but for 2.99 a lb, I’ll gladly oblige. Know what I mean? It’s completely worth it, right? Loin is that special, tender meat that most everyone loves. However, it can get boring or expensive if you try to gussy it up. So, how do you spice up the meal? Well, the side dish, of course!

This side is perfect for parents of picky eaters. I mean, most kids refuse any food that’s green in color and, in particular, healthy for you. Depending on how small you cut up your cooked broccoli, will depend on whether or not the kids even notice the green. Even beyond broccoli, there’s so much you could add…from ground beef to bacon or even avocado. The possibilities truly are endless. And tasty too!

Roast Pork Tenderloin:

1 pork tenderloin – $4.51


1/2 cup soy sauce – $.45
2 oranges – $.50
1 lime – $.20
1 tablespoon Dijon – $.15
1 clove garlic, crushed – $.10
2 green onion, diced – $.15
1 tsp Soul Seasoning – pantry
*1 1/2 tsps Pepper – pantry

COST: $6.06

Place the pork tenderloin in a plastic, sealable bag or deep glass bowl. Squeeze juice of oranges and lime into measuring bowl. Add remaining marinade ingredients, except pepper, and whisk to mix. Pour over tenderloin and seal bag or bowl and set aside at room temp for 1 hour. If you have time, marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Note: You can grill as well. It just depends on time and which you prefer.

Drizzle 1 tsp canola oil on small roasting pan. Remove pork tenderloin from marinade and place on oil of roaster. Drizzle 1 more tsp oil on tenderloin and sprinkle with pepper. Roast for 45 minutes. Allow meat to sit about 10 minutes before cutting into 1 1/2 inch serving pieces.

Broccoli & Cheese Twice Baked Potato:

4 russet or baking potatoes (medium to large in size) – $1.51
1/2 cup sour cream – $.45
3/4 cup shredded cheese – $.50
2 cups broccoli (steamed, seasoned & chopped) – $.50
2 green onions, diced (garnish) – $.15
2 Tbsps butter – $.25
1 tsp salt (less, if you add bacon to potatoes) – pantry
1/2 tsp black pepper – pantry
1 Tbsp Olive Oil – pantry
1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon – optional

COST: $3.36

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Rub potatoes with olive oil and place directly on rack or on backing dish. Do NOT wrap in tin foil or cover in any way. Bake potatoes for 1 hour (or until done).

Let cool for a few minutes, then cut potatoes in half. Scoop softened potato out and place in glass bowl. Leave skin intact. Make sure to leave about 1/8 to 1/4 inch of potato flesh intact as this will help the potato shell hold it’s shape for stuffing.

Add butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese and mix well. You will also need to add a dash of half and half or milk as well. Start with just a few tablespoons and adjust to your desired texture.

Fold in steamed and chopped broccoli. Fill potato shells with potato mixture and top with remaining cheese and sprinkle bacon on top (in desired).

Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Add green onion before serving.


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Country Ribs with Fresh Steamed Corn

One of the most versatile meats you can purchase is pork. You know, the other white meat. There are so many cuts, prices, etc., just look for deals. This week, I picked up a package of 8 country ribs for $5.65. That’s awesome, right? But then…I round the corner and fresh corn is on sale, $.15 cents a piece! But that’s not all. I round the next corner and Red Stripe is on sale for $6.99.Shoot. I felt like I just won the lotto!  Turn on that oven and start a seasonin’.  I’m gonna sit on the patio, watch the girls run and play and enjoy me an ice cold Stripe!

Pork Country Ribs, slow roasted with Corn, Carrots and Potatoes:

Country Ribs, Pork (2.5 lbs) – $5.65
6 ears of corn – $.90
4 stalks of fresh Carrots – $.75
2 large Russet or White Potatoes – $.50
2 Tbsps Olive Oil – pantry
2 tsp Salt (Sea Salt, preferably and 1 tsp fresh ground Pepper) – pantry
1 Tbsp liquid smoke – pantry
1/2 cup beef or chicken broth (you can use water)

COST: $7.80

Rub ribs with 1 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 Tbsp oil and liquid smoke (save the other salt, pepper and oil for veggies). Once meat is seasoned, place into large roasting pan, cover pan tightly with tin foil and roast for 2 hours at 275 degrees.

After 2 hours, open up pan, but save your foil. Cube potatoes into large pieces, cut up carrots into 2-3 inch pieces and halve your fresh, clean corn. Place all the veggies on the sides of meat and season with remaining salt, pepper and olive oil. Recover with tin foil and turn oven up to 400. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until potatoes are soft.

Serve corn with butter and enjoy. Outside of time, this recipe is easy and delicious!


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