Friday, January 20, 2012

Pinterest Recipes!

The other night I actually cooked for the first time in a LONG time. And when I say a LONG time, that is no exaggeration. Just ask my husband. I have decided to set a goal to cook at least 1 dinner a week. Marc just asked for one every other week, but I thought why not try to over achieve! I do not enjoy cooking whatsoever, but no that it is necessary. Lots of people ask what we usually eat and I honestly couldn't tell you. Lets just say I buy lots of rotisserie chickens and we can somehow make that go along ways. :)
I'm really trying to eat "Clean" foods for the most part. (Except for the days when I cheat and have pizza or chick-fil-a fries :) but that isn't too terribly often. I have really gotten into the clean food eating. Right now I'm loving whole wheat tortillas, hummus, and goat cheese! It's hard not eating processed stuff, but I'm really liking it so far. I think its making me feel a ton better. (maybe that is just mentally though! Ha!)

So I made 3 different recipes that I had found and pinned the other day and I wanted to share them with you!

I decided to make some healthy snacks for us for and these were absolutely delicious.
 This pic and recipe came from HERE

No-Bake Energy Bite
(makes 18-20 bites)
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes (I omitted this b/c I hate coconut and it didn't effect the consistency)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

For our side I made these Cauliflower Fritters!
Recipe and Pic from HERE via Pinterest
 Cauliflower Fritters.
I halved this recipe since there are only 2 of us.

  • 4 cups steamed cauliflower (roughly chopped in a processor)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.

On medium-low heat, add 1 tbsp of oil in a 10 inch skillet coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time. Cook until golden brown, turn and cook another few minutes. Add a little more oil to the pan, and repeat with the remaining batter. Makes 24 fritters.

For our meat I made this delicious Balsalmic glazed pork tenderloin.
Recipe and Pic found HERE via Pinterest 

Balsalmic Encrusted Pork Tenderloin

  • 4-5 garlic cloves, finely minced or crushed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1¼ pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (if preparing in oven)
Stir together garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl. Rub the paste all over pork. If you like or have the time, marinate overnight. If not, no worries, it will still be great!
Grill preparation:
Sear the tenderloins on all sides, then grill for about 20-30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Try to let it rest before slicing.
Oven preparation: (what I used)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat canola oil in a large, heavy saute pan over medium-high heat.  Working in batches if necessary, add pork, and brown all over, about 4 minutes.
Transfer pan to oven. Roast pork, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees, about 20 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board, and try to let it rest 10 minutes before slicing.

They were all so delicious and it kind of has inspired me to cook more.

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Ashley said...

I hate cooking too - M actually loves cooking, but I too am getting better at trying new recipes! I made a pin board just for the things I have tried!