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Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

I had a pork loin tip roast in the freezer and needed something new to make for dinner.   Knowing we would have the pork one way or the other I had pulled the pork loin out of the freezer the night before to thaw.  I had a new bottle of balsamic vinegar to try out and had the time to marinade, so I went for it.  I came up with a marinade that was amazing.

Mr.Picky thought it was the best pork loin roast I have ever made.  It was very flavorful without being too spicy for the kids who both had seconds.  In my mind the tangy brightness from the vinegar paired great with the garlic and herbs on this mild flavored meat.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast:

  • 2-4 lb. pork loin roast (or tip roast)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Morton’s Nature Seasoning (bought or made)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin RoastRoast:

Place vinegar, both seasonings, and garlic in a plastic sealable bag.  Mix until seasonings began to dissolve.

Add in olive oil and squish around again.

Place pork into the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

In a glass baking dish place pork and marinade, cook in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Cook about 1-1 1/2 hour or until the internal temperature reached 140 degrees.  Baste with marinade a few times during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Remove from oven and tent with foil to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

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Creamy Balsamic Dressing

With my one New Years Resolution this year to be to try to make all my dressing homemade I have tried  many new recipes.  I have made creamy balsamic dressing twice now.  It is a great alternative to a heavy creamy dressing but still is satisfying in flavor.

I didn’t have any Morton’s Nature Seasoning on hand.  Google came in handy and provided me with a recipe in which I prepared a little container of it.  Not only is this seasoning great in the dressing but I add it to multiple recipes.  Mr.Picky is especially fond of this seasoning.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing:Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
  • 3 Tbs mayonnaise or greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp Morton’s Nature Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive or grape seed oil

Whisk together garlic, mayo, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, salt, and nature seasoning.

Add in vinegar and whisk until combined well.  While continuing to whisk slowly add in oil and whisk until smooth.

Keep in the refrigerator and a mason jar, enjoy this healthy option on your favorite salad.

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

A while back Mr.Picky had a grand idea to do the Sambazon Purifying Cleanse.  This really surprised me and I actually had never did a cleanse before.  It was hard the first day because of the fact that I could not have caffeine.  But it was only for three days and was very energizing in the end.

The meal suggestions were actually not all that different from how I eat day-to-day.  This was one of the lunch meals and was actually very filling.  Mr.Picky even enjoyed it, although he is quite fond of beets.  I can’t believe one of his favorite vegetables are actually a nutritious one.

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad:

This recipe makes two large lunch portions.

  • 1 medium beet, scrubbed
  • 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1 cup baby spinach, cut into slivers
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • salt

Roasted Beet and Orange SaladPreheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place beet in a roasting pan and drizzle with 1 Tbs of oil.  Roast 45 minutes.

Cool beet to room temperature, peel and cut into bite size pieces.

Place beets, orange, and spinach in a large bowl.

Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, seeds, oil, and salt.

Toss salad with dressing, and divide for two.

Shredded Beef Roast

Oh, Pinterest pictures you had me at shredded meat.  We do not eat a lot of meat but if we do I need it to be fat-free, in the sense that all visible fat or gristle has been removed.  Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe – Cooking | Add a Pinch  was the link that came up on Pinterest when I clicked on this wonderful, lean looking meat.  Mr.Picky does not like any kind of roast, but I figured if I shredded it we could call if shredded beef.  Tricky I know, but a wife has to do what a wife has to do.

So when I knew we were camping, okay so we were cheater camping.  We stayed in our uncles tiny trailer and had access to power and water.  Nonetheless we were camping with two small children.  Anyway I packed my slow cooker and away we went with a wonderful dinner.

My in-laws ended up coming with us, and I was now cooking for Mr.Picky’s picky parents.  His mom is not bad, but his father hates garlic.  Who has ever heard of a garlic hater?  Whenever I cook for his dad he always raves on and on about the food, funny part is I cook with garlic in just about everything.  I am sure you all have noticed.  My father-in-law always dislikes fat on his meat and had to explain this to me as if I didn’t know.  He assured me after my carnitas he would eat any meat I prepared because I meticulous about picking all the fat out of the meat.

So we sat and ate and ate some more.  I am sure we all had seconds and it was great, my father-in-law who doesn’t eat much any more cleaned the pans when he went back for thirds.  He couldn’t stop talking about dinner, the next morning he was still going on about how great dinner was.  Along with the shredded beef I prepared sliced fried red potatoes and onions, and corn on the cob.  Camping becomes a lot better when you get to eat so good.

For easy transport if you are taking this dish on vacation or camping, freeze the meat so it stays nice and cold.  Place the remaining ingredients in a jar and prepare like normal.  I am sure a dutch oven could make this even better, cooking on very low temperature.

Shredded Beef Roast:Shredded Beef Roast

  • 3-4 lbs. beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce or amino acids
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3-6 cloves garlic, crushed

Combine all ingredients besides beef in a jar or just whisk together.  Pour into slow cooker and place meat on top.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours, turning meat twice in that time.  When meat if fork tender, remove to a sheet pan.

Turn juices on high and skim as much fast as you can off of the drippings or use a gravy separator.

With forks or your hands, shred the meat removing and discarding any fat or gristle on meat.

Return the meat to the juices and turn down to keep warm until ready to serve.

*Save any leftover meat and juices and stay tuned for what I did with my leftovers.

Lazy Day Casserole

Lazy Day CasseroleThanks to my misreading of this recipe title it has forever been renamed in my mind.  Via pinterest I found the recipe for Lazy Sunday Casserole from Kayotic Kitchen.  My sister made it before I could and told me it turned out amazing.  I bumped it up on my dinner list and away we went.  I knew it was going to make a large quantity, after adding a few extra potatoes.  I ended up with a 10 x 15″ glass baking dish full of goodness.

I made a quick phone call to my grandma and asked if they wanted us to bring dinner to them.  We ended up feeding five adults and two small children, just about licking the dish clean.  My grandpa whose appetite is usually small, went back for thirds.  No one besides me had eaten fennel bulb before but the only complaints came from Mr.Picky, shocking I know.

I did adapt the recipe slightly,  I used Yukon gold potatoes and did not peel my potatoes.  Also I think I would add a parsnip or two, sliced to the size of my carrots.

Lazy Day Casserole:

  • 4 raw sausages, I used italian brats
  • About 1 pound of new or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 pound carrot, peel and medallion or use baby carrots
  • 1-2 parsnips, peel and medallion
  • 1/2-1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fennel bulb, stems removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Cut potatoes, fennel, and onions into wedges.  Pepper into thin strips, carrots and parsnips into medallions.  Place in a roasting pan.

Combine oil, herbs, broth, and garlic.  Pour over vegetables and toss around a bit to coat.

Season with fresh ground pepper and salt, cover with foil tightly.

Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes.

While vegetables are baking, brown sausages on all side but do not cook through.  Slice each sausage in half and set aside.

Remove foil from vegetables and place sausages over the vegetables, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

Return to oven uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Serve nice and hot!

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