Garlic Lime Marinated Pork Chops

>> Friday, September 17, 2010


Last night's dinner recipe is ANOTHER fabulous dinner courtesy of  Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes.  Again, I am not following the WW PLAN, however she has healthy  meal selections, perfect to make on a busy weeknight. This can also be thrown on the grill and you can use a pork tenderloin for the same recipe. 

Garlic Lime Marinated Pork Chops

The lime zest gives these chops an extra zing. Adjust the seasoning to your liking. Make these in the broiler or on the grill. Serve this with cilantro lime rice on the side.
Servings: 4 • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes  Points: 6 ww points

  • 4 (6 oz) lean boneless pork chops
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • lime zest
  • salt and fresh pepper
Trim any fat off pork. In a large bowl season pork with garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Squeeze lime juice and some zest from the lime and let it marinade at least 20 minutes.

Line broiler pan with foil for easy clean up. Place pork chops on the broiler pan and broil about 4-5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.


Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

>> Thursday, September 16, 2010

Remember yesterday I said that we were trying to eat lighter and healthier? Last night's dinner recipe is courtesy of  Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes.  Although I am not following the WW PLAN, this is a healthy choice meal and is a complete meal in one pan, perfect to make on a busy weeknight. Prep time is quick, throw it in the oven and it's ready in 35-40 minutes. For easy clean up you can make this in disposable tins.

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5  Size: 2 thighs plus vegetables  Points: 8 ww pts
Calories: 347.1 • Fat: 17.0g  Protein: 31.1 g  Carb: 19.2 g  Fiber: 5.8 g 

  • 10 (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in half
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced in half long way
  • 2 red onions, chopped in large chunks
  • 1 package sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp oregano or thyme
  • 4 leaves fresh sage, chopped
Preheat oven to 425°. Wash and dry the chicken well with a paper towel. Combine all the ingredients together and using your hands and arrange in a very large roasting pan. The vegetables should not touch chicken or it will steam. All ingredients should bespread out in a single layer, if necessary use two baking dishes or disposable tins to achieve this. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. 

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Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

>> Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I am attempting to loose weight and eat healthier. My choices as of late have not been great. A lover of fish, lemon and dill, I chose this dish for last nights dinner because it makes the fish full of flavor without all the fat. I always use tilapia, however my husband will either eat halibut or mahi mahi. We enjoy this dish because it is light, healthy and, if not overcooked, your fish will be tender and flakey. Having raised my kids on fish, they also love it. Start them young!

Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

  • 3 fillets of tilapia
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Combine the above ingredients in a large zip lock bag making sure to mix them thoroughly. Marinate for 2-4 hours. Only add the zest for marinating...don't add lemon juice until you are cooking the meal because the acid in the lemon will start to cook the fish.
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2-3 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Additional fresh dill for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add the lemon juice to the fish in the bag. Combine ingredients well then pour into baking dish; season the fish well with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper then add bits of butter to the top of the fillets. Cover with a lid or tinfoil and cook for 10-12 minutes per 1 inch thickness. Garnish with chopped fresh dill, lemon zest & lemon slices. Enjoy. 


Knock Out The Fat With A George Foreman Healthy Cooking Grill!

>> Thursday, September 9, 2010

Who doesn't know George?  George Foreman has over 100 million grills sold worldwide.  I'd be surprised if anyone doesn't own a "George". That is how I affectionately speak of my grill. "My George". I absolutely love "my George". I am actually on my third. Not because there are any issues, either. I remember the first one I purchased was the original and I didn't want to spend too much. I bought it because I heard how quick and easy it was to cook with and that the fat drained off. Then I purchased the Power Grill: Grill & Griddle and passed the old one along to one of my friends. Now, I am the very proud owner of the new Evolve Grill. I am the lucky recipient of an  Evolve Grill from George Foreman Healthy Cooking to review!  Can you imagine how exciting for me? I have always loved each one of my George Foreman grills. 

This is the grill that lets you have an entire kitchen of versatility in just one compact appliance! The Evolve™ Grill • Bake • Muffin starts with 4 plates – 2 grill plates, 1 deep-dish bake pan and 1 cupcake & muffin pan insert – then lets you build your collection with up to 7 additional plates available. It’s the perfect grill for anyone looking to expand their healthy cooking menu without cluttering counters with a lot of extra appliances. For my review, I was given the traditional plate, a cross-hatch grill plate, a deep dish bake pan and a slider plate. 

You cannot get any easier than this grill!  There is a digital timer and temperature control, enabling you to cook at the temperature YOU want to cook at.  An additional feature my others did not come with, depending upon the insert being used, you can make the surface flat or sloped. Because we have had other grills by George and have cooked many of the standard items in the past, we conducted our initiation of our grill by cooking sliders. They were delish. 

I love that George Foreman Healthy Cooking grills cook your meat item on both sides at the same time, allowing not only for even cooking, but cooking time is cut way down. As I have said here many times, we work full time and have a 2 hour commute (total) a day. When we get home, we do not want to cook anything that keeps us in the kitchen all night. "My George" allows us to complete our dinner cooking a record time. And, in case your are thinking it always has to be hamburgers, you couldn't be more wrong! We have cooked all varieties of meats and have also cooked fish on ours!

With a large variety of meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack times in between, the George Foreman Evolve™ Grill paves a time-saving and healthy path to eating right without sacrificing good taste. What makes this grill different is the option to add plates and customize the grill based on individual preferences. Now it’s easier than ever to create healthy, delicious meals with one versatile appliance. Additional inserts are available.
  • Cross-hatch grill plates (2) – Perfect for grilling chicken breasts, fresh fish and more.
  • Mini-Burger plate – Serve up low-fat turkey sliders in minutes.
  • Griddle plate – Cook up breakfast, lunch or dinner without adding extra oil or butter for healthier meals.
  • Cupcake/muffin plate – Whipping up six muffins or cupcakes is a snap with this easy-to-use plate.
  • Panini plates (2) – No need to butter bread when making panini in the George Foreman Evolve™ Grill.
  • Deep-dish baking plate – From lasagna to veggie-packed casseroles, the deep-dish bake pan provides another versatile usage for the George Foreman Evolve™ Grill.
  • Omelet plates (2) – Flipping omelets used to require lots of butter or oil to prevent sticking, however, with the George Tough™ nonstick coating, making omelets is simpler and healthier than ever.
  • Waffle plate –The waffle plates makes preparing golden, delicious waffles on the grill easy and convenient.


  • 4-plate starter set includes 2 grill plates, 1 deep-dish bake pan and 1 cupcake & muffin pan insert
  • Patented sloped design lets fat and unwanted grease drain away as you cook
  • Adjustable angle hanges the cooking surface from flat for even cooking to our patented slope for healthier grilling
  • George Tough™ nonstick coating allows you to cook oil-free, plus minimizes cleanup
  • Digital time & temperature control lets you easily set and monitor cooking for precise results on a variety of foods
  • Extra-high floating hinge adjusts automatically to the thickness of food to perfectly press thick cuts of meat and stuffed Panini
  • Embedded heating elements provide even heat from the center to the sides of the plate and faster temperature recovery
  • Custom drip tray catches fat and grease as you cook, then empties easily for fast cleanup
  • Custom spatula offers easy serving without scratching the nonstick surface
  • Dishwasher-safe removable plates & accessories make cleanup a breeze

Evolve™ Grill

The Evolve grill cooks EXTREMELY FAST! For our George Foreman Evolve Grill initiation, for the first time we cooked slider hamburgers (While there is a slider pan, our store sells sliders pre-made and I had grabbed them without thinking about making my own). We made 18 hamburgers cooked in less than 10 minutes! They were not only completely cooked through, it took the fat off the meat. I have always loved George Foreman grills because we can cook our meals quickly, a plus when you work full time and have an hour commute home. I do not want to be stuck in the kitchen.

The grilling plates come off easily. All you do is pull each handle on each side, when they have cooled. They clean up quite easily. I did scrub because of the lines but I had both clean in less than 5 minutes. 

Excited to try out the deep baking dish plate that I received, I mixed up a chocolate cake. I poured half the batter in the George Foreman Evolve Grill and set at 350 degrees for only 20 minutes. I always test my cakes, but this cooked so fast that I could not believe it was done! It was! Amazing! We made the other half of the batter for a layer cake. 

I’m thrilled with the George Foreman Evolve Grill. With all the advantages, this appliance is a keeper!

Buy This Grill!
You can purchase this grill by visiting the George Foreman website at


Menu Plan Monday

>> Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday: Pork Roast with a garlic herb wine marinade

Tuesday: Homemade lasagna from a freezer cooking on Sunday

Wednesday: Tilapia

Thursday: Pork Chops

Friday: Tacos

Note: I had a successful freezer cooking day on Sunday. I made and froze:

4 Party sized lasagna {great for unexpected company}
4 Party sized Penne noodles with homemade sauce topped with Provolone {also great for unexpected company}
5 packages seasoned ground beef


Mrs. Field's New Referral Program

>> Friday, August 27, 2010

Mrs. Field's has a new  referral program.
  Refer email addresses and you could get FREE cookies.
  Check it out here for all the details!  
If you decide to sign up, please send me your email first and I will send you a referral! 
Thank you!!!



Welcome to our new blog!
This blog will be collaboration between my husband and me. We both really enjoy cooking & baking whenever possible and try to always cook from scratch (with work, a 2 hour a day commute and a family, I do sometimes cheat!). I look forward to posting my hits and misses and I hope you will interact with us! Which bring me to my first question posed to my new friends…

As we will be doing a freezer cooking day this weekend, I would love to know YOUR favorite tried and true freezer recipes! Hope to hear from you!!!


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About Me

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

About me:

I am a married, a mom, nd work full time.We are very close. I saw a family motto on someone else’s blog (I wish I could give credit, but I cannot remember who’s blog) that best describes my feelings on my home and family:

No empty chairs.
Little Man:

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He is the light of my life! I am probably like most of you, where I want “things” but have no “extra” money. Our circumstances may just be different. My husband and I both work for a Fortune 500 company that has also been listed on Fortune’s Best Places to Work, repeatedly. Due to the economic crisis, those who didn’t lose their jobs in layoffs were forced to take pay cuts, lose merit increases, stop of profit sharing, and no bonuses.

We were forced to change the way we lived in order to pay for basic necessities.


A friend came into work and said she saw a program on TV where someone went shopping and got her groceries close to free. Well, that’s all I need to hear and I researched. We started couponing to make our dollar stretch. We learned quickly that we can save a lot and sometimes get everything almost free! It helps us out and helps my kids out.

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I want to challenge you like I do myself. When you go to a store, look at how something is made. Think to yourself, is this something I can copy? This way of thinking can be applied to a lot of items. Clothing, furniture, crafts, etc.



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