Books: Since I loved reading “The Water Castle” so much I thought I would try Megan Frazer Blakemore’s “The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill”. The beginning is boring, but it was a boringbeginning in the last book. So maybe it will get better. ??
*Insert pithy comments here* I think about stuff to write here ALL DAY. Seriously, I need a secretary. By the time 10pm rolls around, I can only think of my recipe and sleep and…. oh. I’m awake. What? Oh yes. Sleep. And fresh strawberry pie.
Recipe: I liked this recipe because it is fast and tasty. The entire meal includes two side dishes that are pretty healthy for you as well: beans, onions and peppers. Our pork tenderloin comes from Costco at $3.99 per pound. The other grocery stores also sell it at that price, but only when on sale. So, $5 for the meat, 99 cents for the beans and $2 for the peppers and we feed 4 people for $8. It isn’t the cheapest way to go… but still cheaper than dining out. Could this be made with chicken? Sure!
- 1 red onion, sliced thin
- 3 Tb. lime juice (fresh or bottled), divided
- 2 tsp. ground cumin, divided
- 1 and ½ lbs. pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and silver skim
- 2 Tb. olive oil, divided
- 3 orange or red peppers (green will work too), cut into strips
- 1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp. honey
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix half the onion, 2 Tb. lime juice, ½ tsp. cumin and pinch of salt.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 Tb. olive oil on medium high. Brown the pork for 8 minutes. Put the pork into a roasting pan, cookie sheet or casserole dish. and cook about 15 minutes or until 145 degrees.
- Now, into that empty skillet on the stove add the rest of the olive oil. Add the peppers. Cook a few minutes until a little soft. Add ½ cup water and some salt. Let sizzle and cook off for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the onion/lime juice mixture.
- In a medium bowl, toss the beans, other half of the onion, honey and cilantro with 1 Tb. lime juice. Put this in the microwave for about 45 seconds if you want the beans slightly warmed.