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Pineapple Mango Lime Pork Roast…

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


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:


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.


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.


It’s already starting to smell good.

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


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.


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,



A One Skillet Meal for Hubby…

I think there are days we just know when our loved ones could use a little of their favorite comfort foods. This afternoon was one of those days. I could see that Hubby could use a little extra comfort. It has been a long work week and he came home a little under the weather. This is very unusual for him. You see, my Hubby never complains about anything. He is a happy, positive man who appreciates everything. I am very blessed to be married to a great, God loving man.

I usually keep a package or two of Aidells All Natural Chicken Sausages in the refrigerator. Hubby loves all the flavors and they can be added to so many recipes. This evening however, I tried another brand that I had recently bought. It was Chef David’s Gourmet Sausages; Apple with Gouda. In a skillet, with a little olive oil, I added two sausages sliced, chopped onion, green bell pepper and fresh jalapenos. Hubby loves jalapenos in everything he eats. I usually add diced red potatoes to the mix however I am trying to eliminate the extra carbs in Hubby’s meals because of his Type 2 Diabetes.

Here is tonight’s one-skillet meal for Hubby.


Brown all ingredients together.


Hubby loves eggs and tortillas with this meal so next I place the everything onto a plate.


I cook three medium brown eggs in the same skillet and place the eggs over the sausage and veggies. I add a couple warm Guerrero’s Gluten Free White Corn Tortillas.


Yummy dinner. Just a couple dirty dishes and a Happy Hubby!

When creating one-skillet meals, anything goes. Use your imagination. You can add your favorite veggies, seasonings, meats or leftovers in the fridge.  I don’t do meals that call for a special shopping trip. What I have is what I use. This also makes a skillet meal inexpensive, quick and easy.

Let me know if you have a favorite skillet meal or comfort food in the comments.

Happy Creating!