Dan Dan Zucchini Noodles - a healthy twist on the classic! Zucchini noodles, pork, and a delicious spicy sauce!

Okay guys, I’m on a diet.

Just kidding. ha! We all know that never works out well.

But I am trying to make healthier choices these days. Because, bikini season.

Although I had a Big Mac on Sunday so…

Anyway.

I’m back to my breakfast salads and sweet potato noodles and lots and lots of turkey bacon. And I’m even giving zucchini noodles another try.

I have never liked them (I don’t really love zucchini to begin with) but I’ve found that if I put a spicy sauce on them, I love them. And they have basically no calories so, I’ll definitely take that.

Dan Dan Zucchini Noodles - a healthy twist on the classic! Zucchini noodles, pork, and a delicious spicy sauce!

This Dan Dan Zucchini Noodles recipe is like the classic Sichuan noodles that I order every Friday night, except with zucchini instead of regular noodles. So it’s pork, ginger, garlic, and zucchini noodles all tossed with a spicy tahini (sesame paste) sauce. And then it’s served with chopped roasted peanuts on top for the perfect crunch.

I’m obsessed. I had it 4 times last week.

It takes no time at all to prepare, literally 15 minutes or so. You don’t want to overcook the zucchini or it gets mushy and gross so seriously, just toss it all together and cook for 1 minute.

(This is the spiralizer I use. I’ve had it for well over a year and use it almost daily. LOVE IT.)

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TGIF!

Weekend plans? I’m in the mood to do something Christmas-y but there’s not a whole lot to do in this tiny city so maybe a trip down to Austin is in my future?

I do know that I am in no mood to cook tonight and if you are feeling the same way, I’ve got a great solution. Quick, easy, and so delicious! I always forget how much I love pork chops until I make them. I don’t really want to admit this, but I may have made these while my husband was at work and then I may have hid the leftovers in the back of the fridge so I had them all to myself.

Oops.

I’m still loving the Smithfield All Natural Pork, especially these bone in chops! They are so thick and cook up perfectly and they are just delicious.

On top of that, I love that Smithfield never adds steroids, hormones, or artificial ingredients to their products. They proudly raise all their animals in the US and meet the USDA Process Verified standard.

They also provide local jobs to community members, support both local and national causes, and partner with regional farm families all over the country.

These chops are so delicious. You already know pork and apple go great together and you definitely know that bacon goes with everything – so I’m sure you understand how fantastic these were.

It’s all cooked in one skillet – first the bacon, then the chops in the bacon fat, and the the glaze. Let it bubble until it’s nice and thick and then serve it all over rice (my number 1 choice but we’re out! How do you run out of rice?!), mashed potatoes, or quinoa.

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Can you tell what my favorite combo is right now?

I’m obsessed with apple cranberry everything. By the weekend, I’ll probably be dipping apple slices into cranberry sauce and calling it dinner. That’s how obsessed I am.

I went to make my usual pork with apples and bacon last week and realized I could do apple and cranberry instead and practically cried. Happy tears, of course!

I used a Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin for this recipe. These are my absolute favorite tenderloin (and pork brand in general!) because they are all natural, they don’t add steroids or hormones to their products, and they never add artificial ingredients.

I love that Smithfield is committed to producing quality pork with animals raised in the US and that the company itself partners and supports local farms all over the country.

I also love that I can get them at my local Walmart. Quality pork at a reasonable price? Sign me up!

 

This Crockpot Apple Cranberry Pork Tenderloin is scrumptious! Pork tenderloins just work so perfectly in the crockpot. They practically fall apart and I won’t like, I only sliced it for the photos. I shredded all of it as soon as I was done because I love it that way.

And then I covered it in sauce, of course. The sauce, you guys! So the pork cooks on top of apples and onions and then it’s covered in cranberry sauce. So just imagine how tasty that sauce is! I thickened it up with some cornstarch and it was perfect!

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Happy Wednesday! 

I’m pretty excited because I have a giveaway today! I’ve been trying to give away a cookbook every month – like, you know, a cookbook that came out that month. It was going to be my thing this year. But then the book I bought for March was kind of a dud. I still haven’t made anything from it.

And then I ordered the Whole 30 cookbook for April and just got distracted with the move and then being so sick. That one’s awesome though. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to eat healthier. 

Now I’m back on track and I have a really great book this month!

It’s Pure Pork Awesomeness by Kevin Gillespie and it really is all pork and all awesomeness. 

I pre-ordered this one months ago because I loooove Kevin Gillespie. He’s probably my favorite Top Chef contestant of all time – mostly because everything he does involves pork!

There are so many delicious looking recipes in this book. I made Tacos al Pastor for Taco Tuesday last week and they were so delicious. My kids don’t like tacos (clearly there was a mix up in the hospital – 3 times) but they wolfed those down. 

And then last night I made these Cuban Sandwiches. I’ve never actually had a Cuban Sandwich but between his cilantro mayo and the slow-cooked pork, I was sold. 

These were probably the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Ever. In my entire life.

I already mentioned the mayo and the pork – there’s also two kinds of cheese, pickles, ham, and rich, delicious bread. 

I’m pretty sad that we have no leftovers. 

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous and if you’re a mother (to a human, dog, cat, ferret, whatever), I hope your Mother’s Day was amazing and filled with yummy food.

Mine was great – we tried another Mexican restaurant because we still haven’t found one we love here and then since it was my day, I forced all the boys to go to Petsmart with me to play with all the homeless cats. 

I have to tell you about what happened to me on Saturday though! 

I took a couple of the kids with me to check out the mall and then we went grocery shopping. Okay so $300 worth of groceries later, I try to go home. 

And the guy at the gate – who I literally see everyday of my life and have Jeep conversations with everyday of my life – says, “I’m sorry ma’am, I can’t let you on post since you don’t have a decal.”

I was all, “I have temp tags. I live here. You know me.”

And then he just stared at me. 

Eventually, one of the guys explained that the terror alert was raised and that even though I had my lease in the car showing that I live ON POST, he couldn’t let me through.

So me and the two kids and the car full of groceries and a lawn chair had to go to the visitor’s center and wait in line for two hours to get a temporary visitor’s pass. And then the jerk that did my pass only gave me a 3 day pass WITH THE WRONG TAG NUMBER ON IT. Which means I’m officially not going anywhere until we can get a real tag.

And who knows when that will.

Let me tell you, don’t ever buy a car right before you move out of state. We had a Colorado temp tag, now we have a Texas temp tag, and we still can’t get ahold of the person that needs to fax whatever document we need over to our new county.

#headdesk

Anyway, we did eventually made it home and salvaged what we could of the groceries. And then I had a monster glass of wine while my husband grilled this delicious meal for us. Pork chops on the grill are my favorite! 

These are really quickly marinated (the pineapple and scallions are marinated too!) and then they grill up in about 10 minutes! 

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