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Melt in your mouth Cuban Pork

My apologies for not including a photo in this article. I didn’t like the way my pork turned out and it did not live up to my expectations for a picture. However, I will be posting one shortly.

Now onto the recipe

This super juicy pork is slowly cooked all day until the meat cuts like butter. This recipe is so delicious and can perfectly be served over rice, in tacos, or as sandwiches. It’s so moist that it almost melts in your mouth. That’s my favorite part about this dish!

Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

Ingredients

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 C. orange juice

1/2 C. lime juice

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp black pepper

7 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

1 small sweet onion, sliced thin

1 bay leaf

3 pound Smithfield pork shoulder roast

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine together the oil, orange juice, lime juice, salt, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, pepper, and garlic. Set aside.

2. Make slits in the pork with a paring knife and place it in a large plastic container. Next, pour the oil mixture all over the pork. Then cover it with a lid and place the container in the refrigerator. Leave it in there overnight.

3. In the morning place the pork in the crockpot, along with the onion and bay leaf. Pour the remaining juices from the bowl over the pork. Cover and cook on low for eight hours. Carefully transfer the pork to a cutting board and let cool slightly. Using two forks, shred into thick chunks.

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Quick & Healthy Roasted Chicken with veggies

Healthy and full of delicious flavors. Oven roasted chicken breasts and rainbow veggies are tender & moist and ready in fifteen minutes.

15 MINUTE HEALTHY ROASTED CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

Ingredients

1 lb. chicken breasts chopped

1 C. bell pepper chopped (any colors you like)

1/2 onion chopped

1 zucchini chopped

1 C. Broccoli florets

1/2 c. tomatoes chopped or plum/grape

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. paprika optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 500 degree F.

1. Chop all of the veggies into large pieces. In another cutting board chop the chicken into cubes.

2. Place the chicken and veggies in a medium roasting dish or sheet pan. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, italian seasoning, and paprika. Toss to combine. Bake for fifteen minutes or until the veggies are charred and chicken is cooked through.

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Sorry that the pictures are a little dark, I’ll be posting better ones soon.😊

A Mexican twist on Spaghetti

My apologies for not posting a lot last month. I had a job assignment that lasted for a few days and then I decided to take a little break from cooking and blogging. But I am now back to what I enjoy and do best. Have dinner ready in thirty minutes or less by preparing this delicious Mexican Spaghetti. It will add a little “spice” to your dinner table and it shaves valuable time off a busy weeknight.Mexican Spaghetti INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp. Olive oil 1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced 1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
1 7 Oz. Can Dice Green Chilies, Undrained
1 14.5 Oz. Can Canned Diced Tomatoes, Undrained
1 C. Frozen Corn Thawed and Drained
1 8 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
2 3/4 C. Water
8 Oz Dried Spaghetti Noodles Broken into Thirds
1 C. Cheddar Cheese Shredded Directions 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for two – three minutes or until they become tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. 2. Stir in taco seasoning, green chilies, diced tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, and water and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for twenty-twenty five minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Source Gonna Want Seconds

A twist on a childhood favorite

This Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes recipe will make you neglect your childhood canned sauce memories and make you ENJOY sloppy joes again.Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes1 lb. lean ground beef1 Tbsp. Olive oil2 Tbsp. butter1 small yellow onion diced1 small green bell pepper diced8 oz. brown mushrooms minced2 Tbsp. ketchup1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce1/2 tsp. Kosher salt1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper1 Tbsp. cornstarch1  C. beef broth8 oz. Provolone Cheese Slices chopped (use 6oz if you don’t want it very cheesy)6 hamburger bunsDirections1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the beef to the skillet and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart. Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about fifty or so percent of the beef.2. Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers and mushrooms. Let brown for one to two minutes before stirring, then let brown for another one to two minutes before stirring again. Add the beef back into the pan.3. In a small bowl combine the beef broth and cornstarch together. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan. Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about seventy five percent of the mixture is above liquid), three-five minutes. Turn off the heat, add in the provolone cheese. Served on toasted hamburger buns.Source Dinner then dessert

Buttery Herb Pork Chops

I know these aren’t the most beautiful looking pork chops, but they are incredibly tasty. Not to mention they are baked in herbs and butter. That’s two of my favorite highlights about the dish! I recently made it for the first time and I doubt that it will be my last. Let me tell you that it’s crazy easy and delicious, you might find yourself making it a lot too!

Butter Herb Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 – 4 oz. boneless pork chops

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

2 tsp. dried chives

1 tsp. dried parsley

½ tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. Garlic-Infused Oil

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

½ C. Low sodium chicken stock/broth or water

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray.

1. Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper and place them into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with chives, parsley and sage. Drizzle with garlic oil. Place a piece of butter on top of each pork chop. Pour the chicken stock/broth or water into the bottom of the pan.

2. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake for one hour. Uncover pan and bake for fifteen to thirty minutes or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Serve with a salad or a green vegetable. Enjoy!

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Pineapple on Pork Chops

BAKED PINEAPPLE TERIYAKI PORK CHOPS (PALEO)

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (approx 4 ounces each)

4 pineapple slices

Sauce

1/3 C. low-sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

3 Tbsp. water

3 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. ginger, minced

1 Tsp. arrowroot starch or Cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 375.

1. Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Lay the pork chops in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay a pineapple slice on top of each chop.

2. In a small bowl combine together sauce ingredients and pour on top of pork chops.

3. Bake for thirty-five minutes in preheated oven, or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

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A Tater Tot Alternative

These incredibly tasty tots are packed with shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, and cheese!! It makes for the perfect appetizer served with marinara sauce or ranch, or use it as a side dish!

Zucchini tots

INGREDIENTS

1 medium zucchini,

2 eggs

¼ C. Progresso Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs

¼ C. plain bread crumbs

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¾ tsp. garlic powder

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

marinara or ranch for dipping

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400.

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease it with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel. Wrap the towel up and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the zucchini, eggs, panko, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cheese.

4. Scoop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for twenty – twenty five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

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Workout. Cook. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

I don’t know if you have read on My About Page that when I was at a young age, I was diagnosed with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. It controls my muscle movement on the right side of my body which makes it difficult for when I am cooking. In the fall of last year, I began to notice that the muscles in my right arm/hand was making it extra challenging to lift a 9×13 baking dish. I realized that I needed to get some professional help for my right arm. This was a huge eye opener for me.

So in October, I took it upon myself to join a gym called Koko FitClub that is in walking distance from my home. I have been going every single day. I love it! I can now easily lift a heavy baking dish out of the oven and cut veggies with ease. The muscles in my arms are much stronger than they were a few months ago. I am happy with my progress and so grateful.

Anyway enough about me… let’s get to some cooking…you are going to love this recipe!

I love the classic Mexican food fajitas. There are a variety of toppings and different ways to make them delicious. But, they are not the healthiest meal. No need to worry though because I have a solution to making this favorite a little healthier without sacrificing flavor and the fear of eating a bland dinner. I recently came across this quick, easy and mostly healthy baked chicken fajitas. This recipe is full of yummy flavors. The sweet bell peppers make the difference.

I guarantee you that this recipe will become a new favorite in your family.

BAKED CHICKEN FAJITAS

3-4 chicken breasts

1 packet taco or fajita seasoning

1 1/2 sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced (any combination or green, red, orange, yellow)

1 medium sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place the chicken breasts flat in the dish big enough where they aren’t quite touching, then sprinkle the fajita seasoning evenly over them. You want to make sure that you aren’t making everything too packed in here or it will take a long time to cook. Use a dish big enough so that the chicken breasts don’t quite touch.

2. Mix the bell peppers and onions and spread them evenly over the top and spread the cheese over the top of the peppers and onions.  Again, just make sure you aren’t packing it in too tightly.  Go up a dish size if you need to!

3. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for thirty to forty-five minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (min of 165˚F in throughout the chicken)

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A better picture is coming soon.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Every oven will cook differently and the cook time will also be effected by altitude, climate, and oven size, so please check to make sure your chicken is done through.  Try not to over cook since that will lead to tough and rubbery chicken.

Enjoy! If you have leftovers, you can chop or shred the leftover chicken and use it in tacos, enchiladas, nachos, salads, or tostadas to name a few.

No stovetop required Chili Mac

This ooey, gooey Slow Cooker Chili Mac is pure comfort food that your family will undoubtedly enjoy, and it’s cooked easily in your crockpot!!

Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Ingredients

1 pound very lean ground beef

1 small onion chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

2 (15-16 oz) cans chili beans in chili sauce

1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 C. beef broth

1 Tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

8 oz. elbow macaroni uncooked

Desired toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, corn chips….

Directions

1. Place the raw ground beef in the bottom of your crockpot and break into smaller chunks. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the pasta. Cover and cook for four-six hours on high or eight-ten hours on low.

2. In the last fifteen minutes of cooking stir in the uncooked pasta and cover. Stir and test to see if pasta is to your liking. However, even with the slow cooker turned off the pasta will continue to cook just from the heat of the chili and cook itself so unless your pasta is chewy or crunchy, I strongly recommend only cooking it for the last fifteen minutes of cooking time.

Court’s Cooking Notes

If you wish not to put the ground beef in raw, just brown before placing in your slow cooker at the beginning of cook time.

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Zesty Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5-2 lbs)- You can also use tenderloins or cut up the chicken into halfs or smaller to make it easier to serve if your family won’t be eating a whole chicken breast each. This will usually make it cook more quickly though so keep an eye on it.

8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened- You can use light if you prefer, just steer clear of the fat free cream cheese since it won’t melt the same.

1 C. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded- Divide this in half, as half will be used in the mix and half on top. If you don’t have sharp on hand you can substitute any cheddar cheese, or mexican blend.

1/4 C. Frank’s Buffalo Sauce- You can use more buffalo sauce to make it spicier or less to make it less spicy.  I would mix this with the cream cheese first and sample it to make sure it has the right amount of kick for you.

1 Tbsp. Hidden Valley ranch powder- I love using ranch powder in lieu of bottled ranch as I think it delivers better flavor. You can actually buy it in bigger containers now if you cook with it frequently, but if you have a packet, there are about 3 tablespoons in there so you are going to use about a third of the packet. You can also alternately use 1 tbsp of this Homemade ranch mix

Directions

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Mix the cream cheese, ranch mix, 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and buffalo sauce in a bowl until everything is combined. Make sure the cream cheese is nice and soft before you mix or it won’t work well.  If you forgot to leave it out to soften you can just pop it in a bowl and microwave it for about thirty seconds, stir and add more time if needed.  Then you can mix everything in.

2. Lay the chicken breasts flat in the bottom  of a casserole dish.  If you want to cut the chicken into smaller pieces do it now and place those on the bottom of the dish.  Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the dish.

3. Bake for twenty-five – thirty-five minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165˚F internal temp). I baked my casserole on the middle rack of the oven.  I have never had to cover it, but since the each oven cooks differently, and there are other considerations like climate altitude etc, just keep an eye on it and if the cheese starts to get more brown than you want, you can loosely cover with foil for the remainder of the cooking time to protect it from browning any further.

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