Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday: Marinated Pork with homeade applesauce, green beans and roasted potatoes

I absolutely LOVE this meal.

1. The apples make your house smell SOO good.
2. The pork marinade is so Easy and very tasty.
3. It is a crowd pleaser
This is a Rachael Ray recipe that I saw her do on the show and tried myself. Trust me, it is EASY! I will do this in three steps: potatoes, applesauce and then pork. When cooking, this is the best way to do this meal so that everything gets done at around the same time!


ROASTED POTATOES

Here is what you need for the potatoes:

5 potatoes (I would say use 1 per person eating w/ you. 5 potatoes for me fed 4 adults and 3 toddlers), 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: Dice up your potatoes into bite size pieces. I love to use red-skinned potatoes b/c you don't have to skin them.

Step 3: Place them on a pan and drizzle w/ olive oil

Step 4: Sprinkle w/ salt and pepper. Toss to coat and place in oven for 20-25 minutes

*Note fresh green beans also roast REALLY well this way. If you want to add some fresh green beans- wash them, break of the ends and after the potatoes have been cooking for 10 minutes, take the pan out that has the potatoes - add your green beans to the same pan (toss in olive oil, salt and pepper) and cook for another 10 minutes w/ your potatoes.


APPLESAUCE

Here is what you need for the applesauce:

4-5 apples (I love Macintosh, but I went ahead and used GALA b/c I had those on hand. I would recommend using 1 apple per person), 1 cup apple juice, apple cider OR water., 3-4 tbs. brown sugar.

Step 1: Slice and peel your apples. Then dice!

Step 2: Place diced apples in sauce pan w/ water (apple juice and cider) and brown sugar on top!

Step 3: Cook on medium- high heat until apples become nice and soft (about 12 minutes). Your house will really smell yummy now!

Step 6: Once your apples are mushy, use a potato masher to make your applesauce! If you prefer your applesauce less chunky, you can use a food processor instead of a potato masher.

Step 7: Serve warm or cold.

MARINATED PORK

Here is what you need:

Boneless pork loins (1 for every person), 1 cup orange juice (or juice of 1 orange plus the zest), 1/2 cup soy sauce

Step 1: Preheat a skillet w/ 2 tbsp.olive oil on medium heat

Step 2: Mix 1 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup soy sauce in a dish. I also like to add a bit of pepper. Dip each of your pork loins (after you have cut them in half) in the marinade mixture and place in preheated pan. (I usually let mine sit in the marinade for a minute or two)

Step 2: Let your pork loins sit for about 4 minutes on each side (or until no longer pink)


Step 5: Serve your roasted potatoes, pork and applesauce and enjoy!

Our veggie of choice was Green beans- this mom had a lot going on so we just zapped them in the microwave. Yummy!

Cost per family of 5: $7.00
Cost per person: $1.40

I know this is a bit pricey and we don't typically do such an expensive meal, but sometimes you have a little extra in your grocery budget and it's worth it to splurge on a great meal!

I hope you enjoy! Thanks to Rachael Ray for the great recipe!

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