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Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction #Recipe

So, Easter is just a few days away… how did that even happen!?!  I swear it is like it snuck up on me this year. Maybe because I have been caught up in Brandcation or just pouting over the frigid weather we have had until recently. Regardless, in about 72 hours I am gonna have a house full of hungry people. I wanted to do something different this year than our normal Easter meal, so when I saw this in my inbox from bistroMD, I thought I would give it a shot.

Since traditional Easter dinners can cost you hundreds of calories (think honey glazed ham, cheesy casseroles, and buttery pie) I thought I’d pass along a few festive-yet- healthy menu ideas that the whole family will love. First up, bistroMD’s recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction.  This tasty recipe capitalizes on the sweet flavors of apple cider and pure maple syrup to create a delicious Easter entree that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Serve it up with roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, or any one of your favorite side dishes for a wonderful, healthy dinner option for the holidays!

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Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheel Wraps

Meat and cheese wrapped in a tortilla is hardly a new idea, but slice the same wrap into spirals or “pinwheels” and you have a fun party appetizer. These fun-sized pinwheels are great for school lunches or after school snacks on the go. Fill them with your child’s favorite meats, cheeses, and vegetables!
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Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Last week my personal trainer and I were discussing nutrition and I asked for a couple ideas of healthy meals to make that were “out of the norm” of my usual chicken and broccoli routine.  As much as I love chicken and broccoli – varying the flavors with the different seasonings – it has gotten… well…boring. One of the recipes he suggested was Thai Ground Beef from the Gourmet Nutrition Cookbook.  I had actually never tried Thai food but the recipe looked easy enough, so I gave it a shot.  I knew I wanted to blog it if it was good… but we ended up eating the entire first batch so I had to make it a second time just to take pictures.  It was ok though, because we all loved it that much.  I ended up adding in some red cabbage and putting the Thai Ground Beef in to lettuce wraps to make the meal feel “complete.”

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Thai Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground sirloin
  • 1/3 head of cabbage shredded – about 3 cups
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage shredded – about 1.5 cups
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 1/2 tbsp peanut sauce
  • lettuce of choice
  • salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste

Begin by browning ground meat completely until all pink is gone in a large, deep skillet.  Add in cabbages, carrots, onion, and bell pepper and cook down, stirring often until onion is translucent and cabbages are softened.  Pour in peanut sauce and toss to coat well.  Spoon into your choice of lettuce.

thai lettuce wraps

This recipe serves eight – and according to MyFitnessPal calculations*, each serving is approximately 101 calories.  That is hard to beat with a meal this tasty. It also has 13.3 grams of protein, 4.7 grams of carbs, and only 2.9 grams of fat.  Those are great numbers since it is virtually impossible to stop at just one serving.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

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CrockPot Puerto Rican Shredded Pork #EatClean

Normally when you think of CrockPot Recipes you do not think of healthy, Eat Clean meals.  Most CrockPot recipes call for some variation of cream-of-something soup or premixed dressing seasoning packets.  So I was excited to find a recipe that I could tweak in this months Family Circle Magazine – Puerto Rican Shredded Pork!

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Do Cauliflower Breadsticks Taste Good? #EatClean

So last week a post went viral on Facebook about “Cauliflower Breadsticks” being a healthy alternative to normal breadsticks (which I think may have originated here.)  Though I am not a huge bread eater, I do love garlic bread smothered in mozzarella, so I was excited to see an alternative that I could feel less guilty about.  But the question was… how do they taste!?  So, being the good little blogger that I am, I decided to test them out and share my thoughts.

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