Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice

Gammy likes pork tenderloin so, duh, yeah I make it for her lotsa different ways. After all she is kinda special.

How ’bout this!? She gave me some decadent chocolate truffles for my birthday! Oh Yeah, She’s a keeper.

We hadn’t ever had pork tenderloin like this before and, WOW!, it turned out great.

You could make this a one pot meal and cook the rice right in the sauté pan or skillet and drain the liquid off, push the rice to the side of the pan then sear the pork tenderloin. Or….

…..you could have the rice cooking in a separate pot while you get the pork tenderloin and the veggies doing their thing. Or….

……you could use some of that cooked rice that you have in the freezer like I suggested in my Ten Tips for quick and easy meals. Tonight I had some in the freezer so things turned out to be especially quick and easy.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Let’s chop up the onion, slice the pork tenderloin and put them in the pan.

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Add some salt and pepper and stir a few times as it all cooks.

While it’s cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up.  Like we did for this bruschetta recipe.

 When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned – about 6-7 minutes – put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.

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Optional at this point you could whisk an egg and drizzle it in as you stir things up. And/or drizzle some soy sauce in as you stir.

I didn’t, I just flew with it like this and it turned out fine,,,,no,,it turned out WAY better than just fine.

When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up – don’t let them cook too much and get soggy – serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.

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It was real good and real easy!

 

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  1. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Let's chop up the onion, slice the pork tenderloin and put them in the pan. Add some salt and pepper and stir a few times as it all cooks.
  2. While it's cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up. When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned - about 6-7 minutes - put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.
  3. When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up - don't let them cook too much and get soggy - serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.
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Baked Salmon Honey Lemon Weeknight Dinner – One Pan – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner is for busy people who still want to quickly and easily make a great weeknight dinner. This Baked Salmon recipe with the addition of the honey and lemon glaze is a real good twist on your usual baked salmon recipe.

Thaw the salmon filets if you need to. Just put them in a bowl of water to thaw while you get the veggies ready.

Turn on your oven and set it at 450°.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment.

Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon.

Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan.

Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.

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Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork.

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Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner. Along with a chilled bottle of Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio or any other white wine that YOU like..

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  1. Turn on your oven and set it at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment. Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon. Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan. Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.
  3. Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork. Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner.
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No Fry Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – 30 Minutes

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Eggplant Parmesan can be…..

…..done a few different ways resulting in various levels of time needed and mess made.

A long time ago I was working as a grunt in an Italian restaurant and meet this cook named Sal. He was always complaining about the Italian food here in America and how so much of it wasn’t the “real thing”. On the subject of eggplant parmesan, or as Sal called it “parmigiana di melanzane” .

He said, “Real Italian cooks bake the eggplant for parmigiana not fry it.”

At the time I just wrote it off as another one of his rants.

Then, years later, I saw Mario Batelli do it this way on his television show. So I had to try it and it is now the way that I do it all the time.

Quicker, less mess and just the right texture. Not crunchy and not mushy.

Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Some cooks leave the skin on but we don’t like the taste of the skin. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices.

Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet.

About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.

BTW – when you are picking out your eggplant get the ones with the the least – or hopefully none – skin blemishes and lightest in weight.

Lightly cover half of the slices with tomato sauce – you could use  fresh or canned tomatoes in a pinch – and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil  and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.

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In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Broccoli or string beans will work. We like asparagus for this.

Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese, basil and olive oil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Into the oven for for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that YOU like it. 

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Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan. 

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Chianti of course!!

 

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  1. Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet. About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.
  2. Lightly cover half of the slices with marinara sauce - you could use sliced tomatoes in a pinch - and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  3. In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Any stalky kind of green will work. We like asparagus for this. Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese and basil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Bake in to the oven for for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that you like it.
  4. Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan.
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Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables

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Baked Chicken Breasts are a great way to…

…..put together a quick and easy supper on a busy weeknight.

Add the veggies and you could have your entire dinner all in one pan and leaving you free to tend to other matters while it’s in the oven.

This is what we used  along with the chicken tonight but you can make it with all kinds of variations of the meat and the veggies.

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Turn on the oven and set it at 400°F/204°C.

Slice up the veggies while the oven heats up.

Lay the chicken breasts out on a baking sheet and salt and pepper both sides.

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Lay the tomato slices out on the chicken.

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Then the onions. and the garlic.

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top it off with the lemon slices, grated parmesan and the rosemary. You could use dried rosemary if you would rather.

 

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About ten minutes in the oven. When the juices run clear from the chicken or it reads 165°F on an instant read meat thermometer switch the oven to broiler and push the veggies off to the side of the pan.

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Give it about 3-4 minutes under the broiler and serve up your Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables. This combo of the vegetables turned out to be a real tasty compliment to the chicken breasts.

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We knocked off a chilled bottle of Italian Soave with our Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables and it paired up real well.

 

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  1. Turn on the oven and set it at 400°F/204°C. Slice up the veggies while the oven heats up. Lay the chicken breasts out on a baking sheet and salt and pepper both sides.
  2. Lay the tomato slices out on the chicken. Then the onions. and the garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top it off with the lemon slices, grated parmesan and the rosemary. You could use dried rosemary if you would rather.
  3. About ten minutes in the oven. When the juices run clear from the chicken or it reads 165°F on an instant read meat thermometer switch the oven to broiler and push the veggies off to the side of the pan. Give it about 3-4 minutes under the broiler and serve up your Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables. This combo of the vegetables turned out to be a real tasty compliment to the chicken breasts.
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