Recipes, Uncategorized

Pineapple Mango Lime Pork Roast…

Last night I created a recipe that turned out great! I love when that happens.

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This pork roast came out so delicious that Hubby didn’t even think to add jalapenos like he does with everything he eats. I added a fresh spinach salad topped with sliced almonds, dried cranberries and some crumbles of queso fresco. For the dressing I used extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The tangy vinegar goes perfect with the sweet juices of the pork.

This is an easy, inexpensive, low carb, gluten-free recipe. If there are any leftovers, they can be used in quesadillas, sandwiches, salads or as dinner the next night. I try to make meals that are versatile and can be used for several days.

Here is what I used for the pork:

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The first thing I did was cut some slits in the top of the roast to help the flavors of what i was using soak in.

I rubbed the roast with a mixture of Ground Cumin, Red Chili Powder, Salt and Pepper.

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I topped Hubby’s meat with French’s Crispy Fried Onions for taste and crunch. These fried onions contain wheat so they are not gluten-free, which is why I added them to his meat after making his plate.  I did not want to take a chance on accidentally getting any of these onions into the rest of the meat.

Next I squeezed 1/2 of a fresh lime over the roast and added 1 clove of garlic pressed 9or minced.

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It’s already starting to smell good.

I pour 3/4 of a single serving container of Tropicana Pineapple Mango Juice over the roast.

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Cover with foil and Bake on 375 degrees for approximately 2 hours, checking the roast several times and using the juices for basting. The basting and keeping it covered in the oven helps to hold the juices and flavors in the meat. You can uncover the roast for the last 15 to 20 minutes to brown the meat according to your liking.

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This roast came out so tender and juicy. I spooned some of the juice left in the pan over the meat slices on each plate. Also I had used 2 cloves of garlic last night and thought it was a little too much for my taste.

I come up with recipes from combining ingredients I have already. If I want to use something I do not normally buy, I will substitute whatever is the least expensive and sounds tasty. That is how I ended up with the Tropicana Pineapple Mango Juice. Usually the go-to liquid for pork is orange juice or root beer. I do not buy either one because of Hubby’s diabetes however I saw this small bottle of Tropicana at the grocery and I wanted to experiment.

I have found that taking small chances with ingredients can result in some fantastic flavors. If you are on a tight budget and get tired of cooking the same old thing every night, think outside the box. There are so many different ways you can cook chicken and potatoes and noodles and beans.

I have thought a lot about what I want the Mission of this blog to be. The idea that comes to mind is finding ways to help you create meals and snacks that are inexpensive, easy and delicious along with being low carb and gluten-free. I also want to share ideas about meal presentation. I honestly believe that when food “looks” good it just tastes better. The time we take to fix a plate for ourselves or the people we cook for can beautiful. What do you think about that?

Let me know if you try this recipe or if there is any food you would like ideas to cook differently in the comments below.

Happy Creating,

Robin

Mixed Media Art, Quick light meals and snacks

Creating an Easy, Healthy Egg Sandwich…

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I enjoy creating delicious, healthy, inexpensive recipes that I can switch up depending on what I have in the refrigerator and whose diet I am cooking for.

When making sandwiches for Hubby’s work lunches or at home, I always start off with Dave’s Killer Sprouted Grains Organic Bread. The loaf is smaller so it becomes a lower carb sandwich compared to the large loafs of other healthy breads. Hubby loves it and it really is delicious!

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Another reason I love this bread is I can eat it also. It is NOT gluten-free yet it does not flare me up or cause any other issues for me.  I do not have Celiac disease but I do have other health issues that are complicated by wheat and gluten. I have been gluten-free for years so to find real bread that I can eat is awesome, especially when it is this delicious. When I find this bread on sale, I purchase several loaves and freeze them. This saves money and eat healthier too.

The breakfast sandwich above is for my husband who is diabetic. I have found that the more I put into the sandwich, the less bread he needs.

This sandwich is filled with two fried eggs, one slice of pepper jack cheese, two slices of deli ham, a layer of fresh spinach and another layer of sliced fresh jalapenos which is a must in all of his meals. Delicious and easy. What are your egg sandwich recipes?

So yesterday I posted a link to some Dot Mandala tutorials by Lydia May. I also challenged myself to see if I could create my own. Here are my first 3 Dot Mandalas:

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I wanted to practice a few times before using canvases or my acrylic paints so I pulled out some really old craft paint and a piece of 9″x12″ Strathmore Bristol paper. I painted the paper with some satin black paint, cut the paper into 3″x3″ squares after the black paint dried and used my neon paints for the design. Since the paint was probably 10 years old, it was a little tacky and dried too quickly which is why there were lots of lumps and the colors were dull. Since I was just learning, it really did not matter.

By the time I was on the third mandala, I was starting to catch on and enjoying it. There was a learning curve for me though. I found that I really did need to follow the instructions. It was important to take my time, wipe whatever tool I was using to dot with off after each dot application and get paint on my tool for each dot. Unfortuently following directions is something I struggle with, which is why I love creating my own way and using directions only as a guide, however if you want to learn this and do it properly the directions Lydia May gives on her tutorial are worth following.

I had fun and am going to do a lot more of these Dot Mandalas. First I am going to use up the rest of the 3×3 squares, them do some small canvases and several rocks I have been wanting to paint. I plan on making Christmas ornaments with this process too! Let me know if you have tried creating mandalas or dot mandalas?

Happy Creating,

Robin

DIY Finds, Mixed Media Art

Learning to Create Dot Mandalas…

This is only a picture of the tutorial. The link is in the blog post below. Great video!

I have been intrigued by mandalas for years however it was never in my artistic genes as a mixed media artist. Then came Dot Mandalas and I have been drooling over them ever since I saw my first one on Pinterest. I have finally found a YouTube video on creating a Dot Mandala that speaks to me. Thank you Lydia May!

Click HERE for her YouTube tutorial on the Dot Mandala that has inspired me to try one for myself.

My mixed media artist side has been needing some attention. I have not painted since I got married last December and today was a perfect day for inspiration through Pinterest. I had no idea that my next painted project would be a dot mandala. It is cold and rainy outside and I am sick today. This makes for a great day to try this art style out. I will post tomorrow what I did today. In the meantime, check out a few of Lydia’s videos in the links above or hop over to my Pinterest and get inspired for Spring!

Happy Creating!

Robin

Recipes, Uncategorized

My Good Morning Egg Bites…

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to share my yummy, loaded, breakfast egg bites with you. And they aren’t just for breakfast.

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Here is how I created this batch:

Grease a nonstick muffin tray and add the meat of your choice. I used deli ham slices. If you do not have a muffin pan, no worries. Towards the end, I explain how to make this recipe in a baking dish also.

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In a bowl, mix 8 eggs, veggies of your choice (I had yellow bell pepper and white onion on hand) and a little milk or cream cheese. I didn’t have any regular milk so I used some Philadelphia brand  Neufchatel cheese instead, about 1/4 of the 8oz package. Add salt and pepper to taste or you can use any other seasonings you prefer.

Mix all the ingredients together. Next, pour the egg mixture into the the greased meat-lined muffin pan filling each cup halfway.

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I added Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese to the top of each one this time. I also added jalapeno slices to Hubby’s egg bites.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. The egg bites will rise up while cooking.

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Don’t throw away any leftover egg mixture. You can bake it separately if you want or repeat this baking process in the muffin pan.

If you do not have a muffin pan simply grease a baking dish, follow the instructions only add your meat to the egg mixture instead and bake! Either way you make it, each bite is delicious!  Serve and enjoy.

These are the ones without jalapenos.

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Once cooked you can keep them in the fridge and warm them up for a fast delicious snack or meal.

I change my ingredients according to what I have handy which also makes for a great new dish. I add more vegetables like mushrooms, spinach, zucchini…or change up the meat using sausage, bacon, linguica, chorizo even ground beef or turkey. These egg bites are also great without meat.

It’s been said that “necessity is the mother of invention”. I believe that is true. My moto is Necessity if the mother of Creativity! This is why I experiment with what I have. It is a lot of fun and a great way to take my creating into the kitchen.

I mentioned the other day about my mini DIY kitchen project my oldest son is helping me with. Well, it’s still a work-in-progress. Here is the top of the cabinet my son built and I stained and painted. I am loving it!

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Enjoy your day and happy creating!

Robin