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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

Thoughts and Ramblings

Setting My Intention for 2019…

Hi! I’m Robin. Welcome to Robin’s Creative Space. I am 56 years old, live in Northern California in the USA, have three grown awesomely creative kids and I am newly married. When Rob, aka Hubby, moved into my little home last month I realized quickly that space and storage would be a challenge. Luckily for me (and you) there is Pinterest, YouTube, television shows, blogs and the world-wide web to find creative DIY ideas for any decor or storage need. In all honesty,  if I search for over  thirty minutes, I can find ideas that I didn’t even know I wanted to try. I can already tell you that learning to cut my long hair from a tutorial on YouTube was a huge disaster. All those girls made it look soooo easy! Now I have short hair. I am sure there are many more “oops” out there  waiting for me to discover. I do have a great sense of humor that gets me through or I’m just getting too old to stress the small stuff. Oh my gosh. I just put my hair in the “small stuff” category. Ugh!

Storage, decor and a new hairstyle are just a few of the newest goals I have added to my growing “to do” list for 2019. Rob and I both have health issues that require special diets. Rob is diabetic and lactose intolerant.  I have a rare autoimmune disease of my esophagus. I have to have my last meal of the day prior to 4pm. I need to avoid gluten/wheat products and spicy acidic food. My new cooking challenge is to find recipes that are low in carbs, diabetic friendly, lactose free, gluten/wheat free, non acidic, and meals that can easily be spiced up by Rob. Since I have been cooking only for myself, my meals were simple and did not take much imagination. Now I want to learn new recipes, new ways to cook and meals that look and smell delicious. Rob and I both want to eat healthier too so creating meals that taste great and still includes our favorite ingredients is my new “must find” global search. The goal for this is to make at least two new recipes a week and share them all here.

Another project that has been haunting me for as long as I can remember, is to write a book. Although I have so much more to share from the experiences in my life, I have even more excuses as to why I have not wrote it yet. The only thing holding me back is me. The only way to write a book is to get into the habit of writing. Fingers don’t fail me now.

All these goals combined are what birthed the idea for this blog. My one-word intention for 2019? To simply CREATE! Create storage. Create a new home decor style. Create great food. Create my first published book. Create inspiration. Create new habits that point me in the direction of creating my new life, one day at a time.

Come along with me as I try new ideas, DIYs, recipes and anything else that inspires me. I will share golden nuggets of information that I find and always the attempts that end up  being Moved To Trash. I will share what worked and what didn’t work, what I find easy or just too difficult. Join me for the fun, the trials, the successes, the “Oops and “Ahhs” and “Nailed It” of creating. Most of all, my biggest Goal and Intention for 2019 is for inspiring YOU to create YOUR life, one day at a time.

Happy Creating!

Robin