It’s been a really long time since I highlighted any food choices here and while I’m sort of lukewarm on the idea–I don’t make anything earth-shattering and usually find inspiration from my favorite food blogs–one of my resolutions involves weight loss, so I’ve been making a more concerted effort to cook simple, delicious meals that are easy on-the-go.
Nik has been out of town the past few days, so with a business trip planned to the Cape today, my sister stayed over last night to keep me company. She had some work to finish up once we arrived home, so while she worked at the island in my kitchen, I threw dinner together, along with lunch and some snacks for the rest of the week. It ended up being quick and easy and helped me get through the last of some fridge stock that I couldn’t bare to toss.
First, I peeled and chopped six small apples (a combo of tart green ones and sweet little reds) and threw them into a steam basket on the stove for 15 minutes to mush up. After that, they went right into the food processor with a heavy shake of ground cinnamon and my homemade applesauce was done. It could not be easier when it comes to homemade and it served as the perfect complement to a pork tenderloin for dinner. Plus, the leftovers will make a great snack at work this afternoon.
Once the apples were steaming, I salted and peppered the aforementioned tenderloin and popped it into a preheated oven at 425 for half an hour. My fridge also produced the bottom of a bag of brussels (my favorite) so I chopped them in half, lightly drizzled them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and added them to the oven alongside the pork loin for about 20 minutes.
Dinner was great (pork and applesauce are a weird childhood nostalgia meal for me) and once I got going I was on a roll. I had a couple of ripe avocados, as well, so I rinsed a can of garbanzo beans, shelled them–which is wicked annoying, but my personal preference–and mashed them with the ripened avocado. I added a big squeeze of lemon, some large grain salt, fresh cracked pepper, and chopped cilantro and on a sandwich, the salad will make a protein and fiber filled healthy lunch. I especially like that this “salad” (sort of like a tuna or chicken salad, I guess) is bright green, flavorful, and contains nothing but whole, healthy foods. Mine is a less-stuff variation on the smashed chickpea and avocado salad sandwich from two peas & their pod, so I’m happy to give credit where credit is most definitely due.
I have no intention of getting hot-and-heavy into food around these parts, in fact just a few days ago I was laughing with a friend about how and when protein pancakes and oatmeal became original blog content, but it doesn’t hurt to switch it up either.
What’s your go-to quick-and-easy meal for dinner? And, are there certain meals that make you nostalgic for childhood?