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Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin Filet

pork loin filetI love this dinner. Not only is it Advocare, Whole-30, and clean eating friendly, it is fast for a weeknight and my whole family will eat it! I have been seeing “sheet pan” dinners left and right on the internet, but I didn’t really get how great they are for a one-pan, easy way to get dinner on the table. My fellow Sunday Supper blogger, A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures posted a  Sheet Pan Tuscan Pork Dinner, that I absolutely loved, and since I tried it, I am now totally sold on the greatness of this meal! It has just 3 ingredients! Yes. I said, “3.”

Since my objective is FAST dinner and EASY dinner, I shortened her recipe up a bit by using an already seasoned pork loin, and using regular russet potatoes instead of baby ones, since I always have them on hand. I also have a fear of under cooked pork (and pretty much all other meat!) and so I cook mine until a kitchen thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers at 160ºF.

Here it is in all its simplicity:

Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin

Easy Weeknight Sheet Pan Pork Loin

I love this fast dinner that cooks in one pan in less than an hour with almost no prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 packaged pork loin filet (24oz) (I used the lemon/garlic seasoned one)
  • 4-5 large russet potatoes
  • 1 16 ounce bag frozen brussel sprouts (or broccoli, or cauliflower, or a bag of fresh baby carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*
  2. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil, and spray with non-stick or rub with oil.
  3. Place the pork filet in the middle of the pan.
  4. Place the potatoes on one side of the pork. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp.garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  5. Cook the pork and potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  6. Add the frozen vegetables to the other side of the pork. Sprinkle the other 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the pan back to the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the pork is at 160*
  8. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Slice the pork into 1/2 inch slices and serve with potatoes and veggie.

Notes

You can serve whatever type of veggies that you love here, and you can also use a plain pork loin filet if you want too, you will just need to season with your own favorite blend of spices to give it some flavor.

Recipe inspired by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

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My kids actually really loved this. My pickiest of eaters ate it too…though drenched in applesauce, which is my family’s favorite condiment- so weird. But they liked it. And I am making sheet pan dinners from now on. I just threw it in the oven and set the timer- I got to clean up the kitchen or play a game of war with the kids while we were waiting- totally low-stress. That’s the part I liked the best. I am sold– sheet pan dinner, you are my new favorite weeknight meal!pork loin filet

If you love pork for dinner, check out my other easy pork recipes, like my (fast)Double-Peppered Skillet Pork Chops or my (slow) Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops.

 

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops #SundaySupper

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

We love pork chops around here. So much so, that I thought I’d share a little cheer- yes, cheer, as in “cheer-leader, cheer” about pork chops…

Pork chop, pork chop, greazy, greazy.

We’re gonna beat you easy, easy. (yea! insert pompoms and cheers here)

Ha! Yes. See? We love pork chops in my house, although we don’t always cheer for them! I don’t know about you all, but I cook all week long, three meals a day. So when my husband has a handful of recipes that he likes to make off the grill…I say, “Hurrrah!” And just so you know these are NOT “greazy, greazy”! Look how NOT greasy these are:

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

This recipe is delicious! It is the very first recipe that he made me when we were dating, and he made it again, for my mother when she came to visit…now that is confidence. My mom is a great cook, so he was worried…but she absolutely loved these pork chops and now she requests it when she comes to stay.

I just know you will love this super easy, super yummy, and very kid-friendly dinner! Serve it with some mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash, and a green veggie for a special dinner or a weeknight meal- it works for both~

All you need to make the seasoning mix is a few ingredients:

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Then, you do is “shake & bake” these bad boys, and they turn out great!

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Easy Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Bone-in pork chops
  • 1 small bottle "zesty" italian dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250*
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or sprayed foil.
  3. In a large dish or bowl add the chops and cover with the italian dressing. Flip around so the chops are coated on both sides with the dressing.
  4. In a large covered tupperware, or you can use a gallon ziplock too, add the breadcrumbs and spices. Shake to mix.
  5. Take the chops out one at a time and place them in the tupperware or bag, and close. Shake around until totally coated. Place on the baking sheet. Continue to do this until all the chops are done.
  6. Bake for one hour.
  7. Flip them over.
  8. Bake for another hour.
  9. Test for doneness. If they need more time, you can cook for 20-30 more minutes, depending on how thick your chops were. When done, serve right away! Or make a double batch and give one to your mom or neighbor...They will love it!
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South Beach Chicken Mole

southbeach chicken moleI am combing through all my eating healthier cookbooks these days, looking for some dinnertime inspiration. Straight outta the diet books of the same name circa 2004, I’ve adapted this South Beach recipe to suit my tastes, and fit into a weeknight dinner to serve a family of 6.


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South Beach Chicken Mole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

South Beach Chicken Mole

For a very "clean" very healthy dish that feels super indulgent, try this saucy Chicken Mole I adapted from the South Beach Diet Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 4 split and boned chicken breasts, sliced in half, to get 8
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet peppers (green or red)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • *2 scallions chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. To a large skillet, heated to medium, add the oil.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove to a place.
  3. To the same pan, add the vegetables and cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the chili powder, cinnamon and clove. Cook one minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and water, scraping the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the peanut butter and cocoa powder. Stir.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, and cover to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve.
  8. *Optional: For serving, garnish with the scallions.

Notes

The original recipe called for one can of diced tomatoes, which I subbed fresh tomatoes and added water. I reduced the cloves from 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 as I find them very strong flavored. I also like larger chicken cuts instead of tenders, but this is just as easily changed to suit your tastes.

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The original recipe if from the orange version of the book that you can find on Amazon (affiliate link) or any used bookstore I’d bet! I love that it feels really indulgent, but it is super healthy and easy enough to adapt for my kiddos. I served it with steamed green zucchini and some brown rice, but I would be mashed cauliflower would be great to soak up all that sauce!

South Beach Chicken Mole

Enjoy and best of health in 2017!