Monday, December 10, 2012

Sweet Potato Enchilada/Lasagna

I made the original enchiladas from PaleOMG a few months ago. Since I didn't feel like buying ground beef this time, I decided to try shredded chicken.

Forgive the awkward picture but we ate it too fast to get anything better.

For the shredded chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Dehydrated garlic (fresh garlic would work too)
Chicken broth
Salt + pepper

Arrange the breasts in the crock pot and add garlic, S + P, and any other seasonings you want, depending on what you'll be using the chicken for. I knew I'd have leftover chicken to use for other dishes, so I didn't make the whole batch spicy, but you could add some green chiles/peppers/cumin here. Add chicken broth to cover chicken about halfway. Turn crock pot on high for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked and shreds easily with a fork. Remove chicken (carefully, it may start to fall apart), and shred in a large bowl.

From here, I continued with the original recipe, except instead of thinly slicing the sweet potatoes, I just shredded them and cooked them like hash browns, in a large skillet with coconut oil. Then I pressed about half of the pile of potatoes into a 8x8 pan and started baking that while I prepped everything else.

For the chicken, I added about half my shredded chicken to a skillet with the green chiles and spices, poured a little chicken broth over the whole thing and let that simmer and heat for a while.

I followed the original recipe for the sauce.

Now, layer half the chicken over the sweet potatoes, and keep layering until everything is in the pan. Pour the sauce over the top and bake for 15 minutes at 350.

Let it cool a little...then eat it all.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pork Tenderloin with Butternut Squash

Thank you Em, for recommending this to me. I've gotten so tired of my usual meat (chicken, ground beef), so this is a welcome change.

I had maybe (I don't remember, shocker) a 1.5-2 pound pork tenderloin, unseasoned...just hanging out in its own juices. I put the whole thing in a bowl and ground a bunch of Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper, Everyday Seasoning, and salt over all sides and rubbed it in. I put it on a foil-covered cookie sheet with a roughly chopped onion, sprinkled the whole thing with 21 Seasoning Salute, and put it in the oven at 425 for about 30 minutes.

I don't have a meat thermometer, so I just cut it open after about half an hour and checked for this point it was still just a teeny bit pinker than I wanted, so I put it under the broiler for a few minutes. I've never cooked pork tenderloin before, so I wasn't sure how much pink was okay, and how much would poison me, so I went for well-done.

I roasted some butternut squash at the same time (for probably only 20 minutes or less) and drizzled that with TJ's balsamic glaze. I don't have a picture because I ate it too fast, but you can imagine what it looked like. Bonus: I ate maybe 1/4 of it, so I have lots of leftovers.

Voila. New favorite thing.