I’ve got a twofer for you this week. First night is an easy enchilada flavored pork tenderloin, with Black Cuban Beans, and rice. Using left over pork tenderloin the second dinner is a pulled pork sandwich with salad. The following step by step recipes will provide two low carb, low fat, family dinners with very little effort. The only way to get an easier dinner would be by means of delivery; and that would mean lots of $, lots of salt, lots of carb, and lots of fat. That is just way to0 many bads.
Each Recipe Serves 4
First Dinner: Pork Tenderloin with Enchilada Sauce, Rice, and Beans.
Serves 4 – preparation time 10 minutes – cooking time 45 minutes.
2 1/2 lb. Pork Tenderloin (left overs will be used for second recipe)
1/3 Cup Enchilada Sauce
1 tsp Olive Oil
Ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 Cup Botan Rice
2 Cup Water
1 Can Cuban Style Black Beans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat the Pork Tenderloin with the Enchilada sauce.
Sprinkle with black pepper.
Place Olive oil in oven proof pan, add pork and place in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. (when cooked internal temperature should read 155 to 160 degrees F).
Rinse and drain water from rice.
Place rice in pot, add 2 cups water, bring to boil, reduce heat to low simmer, cover and cook for 14 minutes. Turn heat off and let stand with cover on.
Heat Cuban Style Black Beans.
Let pork set up for few minutes while beans heat up. Then carve 1/2 the pork tenderloin into nice thin servings, reserving 1/2 the pork tenderloin for second recipe.
Plate the rice, beans, and then pork. Drizzle a little Enchilada sauce on the pork and serve a great family dinner.
Second Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Salad.
Serves 4- preparation time 10 minutes- cooking time 5 minutes.
1 1/4 lb. left over pork tenderloin
1/4 C BBQ sauce
1/4 C water
4 Thin Bread Buns
Small head lettuce – washed and ripped into small pieces
Roasted Red Pepper slices (bottled)
2 Carrots – diced
8 Chili Peppers
1 1/2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Chop / shred the remaining 1 1/4 lb of pork tenderloin. Mix the BBQ sauce into the shredded pork tenderloin. Place in fry pan.
Add 1/4 cup water
Heat pork tenderloin until warm.
Plate lettuce, red pepper slices, carrots, and chili peppers, drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar.
Toast Thin Bread Buns
Add meat to buns and plate.
And just like that you are serving a quick and easy pulled pork sandwich dinner.
So there I was, light jacket and hat, power walking along the cliffs in PV listening to music, when all of a sudden a huge SUV full of kids blows past me yelling FU at me loud enough to be heard over the great i tunes music in my ears. I figured it was just some youthful raging hormones and didn’t give it a second thought. The night was too lovely and I was making great progress in my mind on a story line.
A few nights later I dropped my son at practice in PV and as usual started my power walk to kill time and work on plots. Darn if a car full of kids didn’t blow past me again yelling FU at me.
This was beginning to seem less random and more intentionally directed at little old me. So I began to think what could I be doing to annoy the youth of PV? They were too young to be critics, so I ruled out the possibility they had read any of my work. I was minding my own business merly briskly walking down the street. It was early evening, so not likely booze was involved. I just didn’t get it. Why were they seemingly so angry at me?
Practice done, I picked up the boy and headed home. Once home I threw my jacket on a chair and a light in my mind blinked on. I stared at the problem. The back of my light beach style jacket read what apparently were the rage inciting words, “Redondo Beach”.
Huh, who knew.
Knowledge is power. I already knew that in certain areas of LA one does not wear red, and in other areas one does not wear blue, unless one wants to incur severe wrath. OK now there is another article of clothing that must be left at home when in certain areas of LA er PV.
Thank goodness She Who Must Be Obeyed recently surprised me with a nice new light jacket that has absolutely no lettering, no red and no blue. That should fill the bill wherever I dare to venture forth.
Would be nice though if everyone would just take a deep breath and chill.
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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