Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes

This meal of Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes tastes delicious. It is low in calories, yet very filling. Now, doesn’t that sound appealing? When you’re looking for an easy dinner, try this recipe! A few basic ingredients and you have a complete meal in one dish! Use an aged Balsamic Vinegar which you can find at an Olive Oil store or check with Love That Olive.

 

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Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. (about 10) small new red potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into 1" pieces (use 1 1/4 lb. pork tenderloin)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2-3 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan combine potatoes and enough water to cover. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until fork tender (approx. 10-12 minutes) Drain
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick pan, heat oil, add pork, and Italian seasoning. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until pork is lightly browned )6-10 min.)
  3. Toss together potatoes, pork, tomatoes, basil, and vinegar.
  4. Season with salt & pepper
  5. Add additional balsamic vinegar, if desired.
  6. Serve with a green vegetable to add more color!
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If you can chop, you can make this!  Cut pork up into 1 ” pieces, chop and seed the tomatoes, and chop the basil into small pieces. Not hard, right?

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Add a green vegetable and you have a complete meal! I love flavorful and colorful food.  This recipe certainly fits that description. I, also, love easy!

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This recipe is also delicious with chicken or beef. Don’t just limit to pork!

Enjoy this tasty recipe! It’s great eating with quick preparation!

Phyllis

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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Switch up breakfast a bit with a Mexican menu. A lot of the fast-food restaurants now have breakfast burritos on the menu. You can do it even better with this tasty Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe. Your family will love it.

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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. ground beef
  • 1 med. red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium spinach or plain flour tortillas. (10 in.)
  • Salsa
  • Ingredients for Lime-Cilantro Cream
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onions, and red pepper. Add chili powder and cumin. Break into small crumbles.
  2. (At this point, you can freeze this for future burritos)
  3. Combine eggs, water and 1 tbsp. cilantro in med. bowl.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray.
  5. Pour eggs into skilled and scramble them, stirring occasionally. Season with salt.
  6. Add to beef mixture, add cheese and cook 1 minute to heat through.
  7. Spoon beef mixture across center of each tortilla, leaving a 1 inch border on right and left sides Fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Turn over and cut in half diagonally. Serve with Lime Cilantro Cream and salsa, as desired.
  8. Serves 4
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This Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe is so easy to freeze the meat mixture for future use or refrigerate the beef, onion, bell pepper for the next morning ready to add the eggs.

Then, all you need to do in the morning is warm the beef mixture up, scramble the eggs, and mix together. It makes breakfast quick and easy.

During the summer around our area, many people head north to a the lake for the weekend. What an easy and yummy breakfast for family and guests at the cabin.

Step 1  Browning the beef, onion, and bell pepper mixture.

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Step 2

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Step 3

Combine scrambled eggs with beef mixture and add cheese.

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Step 4

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Step 5

Fold it like a burrito or roll it long like a taco!  Either way, it’s a wonderful start to the day. Use ground turkey in place of beef for fewer calories!

Step 6

Serve and eat! Serve with salsa and sour cream.

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I’m all for doing things the night before to make mornings easy. This recipe is perfect to do ahead. You don’t need to get up early to fix this hearty breakfast!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon is so good in the summer, but this Watermelon Salad even makes it better and sweeter! It’s a bit unusual, but absolutely delicious!

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This Watermelon Salad is a summer winner! When you want something different, delicious and quick to make, this is IT! It’s wonderful to take to a potluck or a picnic! The Strawberry Balsamic vinegar actually makes the watermelon taste like candy!

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

  • Watermelon - 2 cups or more
  • Cucumber - diced 1/4 cup
  • Red Onion-diced 1/8 cup
  • Cilantro - diced 2 Tbsp.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Run fork down the outside of the cucumber to make the green part look pretty. Slice and cut sliced into sixths.
  3. Dice red onion and add
  4. Drizzle Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar all over the mixture. Stir to cover all of it. Don't skimp!
  5. Sprinkle Cilantro over the top.(if desired) or substitute parsley.
  6. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Serves 6
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Make your cucumber look fancy, by running the tines of the fork down the side of the cucumber. Then, cut slices and divide into sixths. The green and red look so colorful together mixed in this salad.

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Still in doubt? Well, make a small amount to try and you’ll be amazed how good it is! People can’t figure out what is in it!

Purchase the Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar from an olive oil store.

Check out lovethatolive if you don’t have a source for the strawberry balsamic near you. (You won’t find it in the grocery store.) I use this strawberry balsamic as a salad dressing, too. There are so many ways to use it besides this Watermelon Salad. The bottle will not go to waste, I promise. It might just be your new favorite dressing!

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Did I entice you to try it? Hope so!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 3

Part 3 of the Spring Decor Idea House 2017 is late due to the fact that I sold my house and moved in between Part 2 and Part 3! Moving is not fun, but when I get into my new place, it will be fun to arrange things in new and different ways. There are several ideas in this post that I would like to use in my new place.

I hope you enjoy all the inspiration in this Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 3!

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The first room for ideas is a “Botanical” Room. The first thing you notice is a rabbit cage turned into a one-of-a-kind coffee table by just adding wheels! On the wall behind the couch is a salvaged iron gate decorated with air-plants creating wall art. On the adjoining wall, permanent fern stems secured in a glass frame form a botanical grouping.

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In the corner, an old folding ladder serves as a plant stand.

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The next two rooms are bedrooms.  The top two pictures show botanical prints above the bed that simply secured with book binder clips. These are easy to change out and don’t require frames.

Vintage ladders leading against the wall, serve as nightstands.

The two bottom pictures show the master bedroom with salvaged door panels and curtains forming a backdrop for the bed. The nightstand uses a vintage sewing machine base with an added limestone top. The arrangement above the dresser, repeats the warm tones of the room.

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In the upstairs bathroom, three hanging metal cages, embellished with candles and artificial greener, perk up the corner.  Remember the rule of 3 in decorating? Check out the post!

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Walking into the bathroom, you notice an unusual toilet paper holder.  Try this using a small vintage tray, two hooks, wooden dowel, and two small drawer pulls. I’ll bet you’ll get a lot of comments on this piece!

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Another room is a nursery filled with more ideas. As you walk in,  you’ll notice the light has strips of scrap fabric tied to a metal ring creating a DIY chandelier.

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Vintage furniture becomes a changing table by adding a decorative frame for the changing pad. The drawers hold necessary items for changing the baby.

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What a cute idea for a wreath in the nursery! It’s made from disposable diapers and wide ribbon. You might want to remember this idea for a shower gift, too!

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The hutch, in the nursery, holds toys, diapers, books, and other items for the baby!

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The last room is the living room and sunroom combination. First,  you’ll notice a salvaged garage door becoming the base for the wall art display behind the couch. Three metal funnels,  filled with permanent greens, hang from piping. The three metal reliefs of farm animals balance the arrangement.

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Notice the table between the chairs. Another vintage sewing machine base becomes a table by adding a glass top.

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Looking at a full view of the living room, you can see the fireplace filled with items of interest to add to the Spring feeling of the room.

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Finally, in the sunroom, notice the table setting and the vintage watering can arrangement.

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One more idea…..On a small wall, they added a wooden ledge to a vintage corbel. On top is a metal tray with votives. A picture above it gives balance.

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Do you see that these decor ideas are not limited to one season? What did you find interesting?

I have a vintage corbel, too! Now, to find the right spot to recreate this last idea!

You might want to save some of these ideas for future reference.

Thanks for your patience with this post! Happy decorating!

If you missed Spring Decor Ideas 2017 Part 1 or Part 2. Just click on the links!

Phyllis

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