Cooking For One: Rosemary Pork Tenderloin


Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This is a super easy meat that will impress anyone. I like to serve it with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus.

Ingredients:

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1 small pork tenderloin

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1/2 cup apricot preserves

1/2 cup spicy brown mustard

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. In a small bowl mix the apricot preserves with the spicy brown mustard.

sauce

2. Place pork tenderloin in baking dish and cover with salt and pepper all over. Then sprinkle with rosemary.

pork

3. Pour mixture over top of pork and bake covered on 350 degrees for 20 minutes.Uncover pork and baste and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Ovens and sizes of tenderloins vary so just make sure it cooks until no pink inside.

ready for oven

 

Cooking For One: Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
This is a super easy meat that will impress anyone. 1 small pork tenderloin 1 sprig of fresh rosemary ½ cup apricot preserves ½ cup spicy brown mustard salt and pepper
Ingredients
  • 1 small pork tenderloin
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup apricot preserves
  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix the apricot preserves with the spicy brown mustard.
  2. Place pork tenderloin in baking dish and cover with salt and pepper all over. Then sprinkle with rosemary.
  3. Pour mixture over top of pork and bake covered on 350 degrees for 20 minutes.Uncover pork and baste and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Ovens and sizes of tenderloins vary so just make sure it cooks until no pink inside.

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No Bake Easy 4th of July Pretzel Recipe!

I wanted to find something fun that was easy to make, had a few ingredients, and brought a new twist your guests will love at your next 4th of July picnic. Forget the pasta salad or chips and dip, you’ll be the one bringing the festive dessert (and who doesn’t like dessert)?! It’s also a no-bake recipe, so just melt the chocolate, refrigerate and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1) One Ghirardelli White Chocolate bar

2) Handful of pretzels

3) Red, white and blue sprinkles

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1)      Melt the chocolate in bowl at 50% for one minute in microwave, stir, then only heat up for another 30 seconds at half power and stir. You want to be sure not to overheat the chocolate!

2)      Dip each pretzel in the white chocolate, then dip in sprinkles.

3)     Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or wax paper. When you have a tray full of pretzels, place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until chocolate has hardened.

Serve!

Fourth of July inspiration/original recipe: click here.

No Bake Easy 4th of July Pretzel Recipe!
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • One Ghirardelli White Chocolate bar
  • Handful of pretzels
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in bowl at 50% for one minute in microwave, stir, then only heat up for another 30 seconds at half power and stir. You want to be sure not to overheat the chocolate!
  2. Dip each pretzel in the white chocolate, then dip in sprinkles.
  3. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or wax paper. When you have a tray full of pretzels, place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until chocolate has hardened.

 

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Spring Salmon Salad Recipe (And A Whole Foods Gift Card Give Away)

There is something light and airy about springtime – you just feel a little energized, and perhaps you are Spring cleaning…out the old and in with the new. Time to re-decorate, liven up the wardrobe and freshen up the house for the summer months ahead.  Firing up the grill and lighting some tiki torches on a chilly Spring night might make for a perfect evening. I found this recipe on the Whole Foods site, and if you’re anything like me, this is definitely the time for fresh seafood and light, healthy meals.

If you have the fresh vegetable garden ready to go, this is the perfect meal for you!  If not, Whole Foods has a wide selection of some of the freshest ingredients in town – and it makes for one amazing salad. I grilled fresh Sockeye salmon that is FRESH from Whole Foods (not frozen). I’ve learned recently that some of the farm-raised seafood has high PCB levels and injected artificial colors. Here is a little bit more about why.

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Here is what you’ll need to make the perfect summer salad (and if you like olives, click on the link for additional ingredients):

  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 filet of salmon, about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 4 cups washed baby salad greens
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Method:

In a container for marinating, zest orange and lemon. Slice orange and lemon in half and squeeze out all juice. Remove any seeds. Add juice to zest. Place salmon fillet in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine shallots, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Blend for just a few seconds. Add olives (if desired) and bell peppers. Pulse until finely diced.

Heat the grill to medium-hot. Grill for about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Turning is not necessary. Salmon is done when it turns a light pink color throughout.

In a large serving bowl, toss salad greens with cucumbers and tomatoes. Add diced vegetables from the food processor. Slice salmon fillet into small strips and decoratively lay on top of salad.

Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Super easy and basic salmon recipe – Surefire Salmon

And how about this one for entertaining? Honey Lime Slamon Kabobs

What’s even better is that Whole Foods in Virginia Beach (Hilltop area) is giving away another $25 gift certificate to one lucky Frugal Chick fan!

Wanna win it for yourself?  To enter the drawing (you can have up to 4 separate entries):

1.  Leave a comment telling me what you like about “A Frugal Chick”.

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Cooking For One: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

BBQ Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1  uncooked chicken breast diced
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 8oz chredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Sprinkle stone or pizza pan with corn meal if you have it. If you do not, just spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Roll out dough to desired shape and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. (we have a round and square stone so we typically make one of each for dinner)

4. While pizza dough is in the oven, saute garlic and onions together. Once they start to cook add chicken. Flavor with salt and pepper.

5. Once chicken is cooked and dough is half baked, spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce onto pizza. Then layer a little bit of cheese. Followed by the chicken and onion mixture. Top it off with the remaining cheese.

6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes. My family likes the cheese to be a little bit more well done so we cook it longer, but it should be ready in 10 minutes.

Leftovers can either be packed for lunch the next day or put in a plastic freezer bag and frozen for another meal.

Cooking For One: BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1 uncooked chicken breast diced
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 1 8oz chredded cheese
  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle stone or pizza pan with corn meal if you have it. If you do not, just spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Roll out dough to desired shape and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. (we have a round and square stone so we typically make one of each for dinner)
  4. While pizza dough is in the oven, saute garlic and onions together. Once they start to cook add chicken. Flavor with salt and pepper.
  5. Once chicken is cooked and dough is half baked, spread ½ cup BBQ sauce onto pizza. Then layer a little bit of cheese. Followed by the chicken and onion mixture. Top it off with the remaining cheese.
  6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes. My family likes the cheese to be a little bit more well done so we cook it longer, but it should be ready in 10 minutes.

 

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Tyson’s Delicious and Quick Chicken Dinner #ChickenFryTime

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As educators it is a busy time of year for my husband and I. With the end of the school year fastly approaching our schedules are filled with concerts, award ceremonies, picnics, and graduations.  With a full calendar dinner can be a challenge.  Eating out gets expensive for a family of four so I have been searching for quick and delicious dinners that every one in my  family would eat (this is NOT always easy).  I am always looking for a quick chicken dinner since that is what my family prefers.

While shopping at Sam’s Club this week I spotted Tyson’s Chicken Fries (you can see my Sam’s Club trip here). The price was great for the quantity so I figured I would give them a try.

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They could not have been easier to fix- just place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven!  If I wanted to I could use these for a quick chicken snack or appetizer as well.

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The kids were happy with the chicken fries, french fries and green beans (it was a skinny food night!).  For a more grown up dinner I made the chicken fries into a wrap with lettuce, onions, cheese and ranch dressing for my husband and me.wrap final

 

It was a big success all the way around. Dinner was ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes and at the end of the meal all plates were empty!

Tyson’s Chicken Fries are just what a busy mom needs when her plate is full.  Especially at the end of the school year.

And in case this isn’t enough value to celebrate summer fun Tyson will be giving away free 6 Flag tickets to help with one family’s summer vacation. Check out their Facebook page to enter and win today!

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Cooking For One: Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This recipe for Shrimp Fajitas is simple and easy to do.  Plus the ingredients freeze well so you make this twice.

Ingredients:

1/2 onion sliced
1/2 bag frozen mixed peppers
1/2 lb easy peel shrimp
Fajita Seasoning (you can buy pre-made or make your own with the recipe below)

ingredients

Fajita Seasoning:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions:

1. In a saute pan, heat 1 tblspn oil and then add onion and frozen peppers.

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2. While vegetables are sauteing, mix the fajita seasoning together.

fajita seasoning

3. Peel shrimp.
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4. Once peppers and onions begin to get tender, add shrimp and sprinkle fajita seasoning on top.  Cook together for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.

Optional:

5. Serve hot in a tortilla shell with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.

You know you want all those extras too!

Cooking For One: Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • ½ onion sliced
  • ½ bag frozen mixed peppers
  • ½ lb easy peel shrimp
  • Fajita Seasoning (you can buy pre-made or make your own with the recipe below)
  • Fajita Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed chicken bouillon cube
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
Instructions
  1. In a saute pan, heat 1 tblspn oil and then add onion and frozen peppers.
  2. While vegetables are sauteing, mix the fajita seasoning together.
  3. Peel shrimp.
  4. Once peppers and onions begin to get tender, add shrimp and sprinkle fajita seasoning on top. Cook together for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.
  5. Optional:
  6. Serve hot in a tortilla shell with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Pineapple


Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

Even if you normally cook for one, there are times when you need a recipe that feeds more than one. Whether it be for a bbq or a potluck, baked pineapple is my go to recipe for such an occasion. It has been in my family for years and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Baked Pineapple

Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 large can crushed pineapple
2 tblspns flour
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
6 slices of bread cubed
1/2 stick butter melted

Directions:

1. In medium bowl mix pineapple, flour and sugar together.
2. Beat egg in separate bowl and then add to pineapple. Stir Well. (stirring well to incorporate the egg is very important)
3. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
4. Melt butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Pour melted butter over bread cubes.
5. Make sure all bread cubes have been coated with butter and then spread the bread cubes evenly over top of the pineapple mixture.
6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. You want to bake it until the bread topping gets brown and crispy.

This would be a yummy, easy treat to share with friends!

Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Pineapple
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
This would be a yummy, easy treat to share with friends!
Ingredients
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple
  • 2 tblspns flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 slices of bread cubed
  • ½ stick butter melted
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl mix pineapple, flour and sugar together.
  2. Beat egg in separate bowl and then add to pineapple. Stir Well. (stirring well to incorporate the egg is very important)
  3. Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  4. Melt butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Pour melted butter over bread cubes.
  5. Make sure all bread cubes have been coated with butter and then spread the bread cubes evenly over top of the pineapple mixture.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. You want to bake it until the bread topping gets brown and crispy.

 

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