What’s for dinner? Pork roast and all the fixin’s.

It was a cold, rainy day today and I thought a roast dinner would help warm us up.

Unfortunately, the roast beef at the local grocery store were practically a million dollars, so I settled on pork.

Here’s what I made:

Pork roast with all the fixin's

PART 1

Pork Roast with Onion Caraway Gravy

Courtesy of Canadian Living

Ingredients:

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 pork loin centre roast boneless, (3-1/2 lb/1.75 kg)

2 tsp (10 mL) caraway seeds, crushed

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

1-3/4 cups (425 mL) hot sodium-reduced chicken stock

3/4 cup (175 mL) white wine or sodium-reduced chicken stock

2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour

 

Directions:

In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Transfer to small roasting pan.Sprinkle pork with caraway seeds, salt and pepper; place on onion. Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven for 1-1/4 hours.Add hot stock and wine to pan. Roast until meat thermometer registers 160°F (71°C), about 1-1/4 hours. Transfer pork to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.Place roasting pan over medium-high heat and bring pan juices to boil. In glass measure, whisk 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the hot juices with flour; whisk back into pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve with pork.

  • PART 2
  • Roasted Beets
  • Adapted from foodnetwork.com
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 beets
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1-1/2 tsp thyme
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Remove the tops and the roots of the beets and peel each one with a vegetable peeler. Cut the beets in 1-1/2-inch chunks. (Small beets can be halved, medium ones cut in quarters, and large beets cut in eighths.)Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula, until the beets are tender.
  • I mashed up some potatoes with herb and garlic light cream cheese with a bit of milk and steamed up a mountain of spinach to serve along side. Thumbs up all around!

 

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What’s for dinner? Pizza made from the heart!

It’s the end of the week…

I thought I’d make it easy for myself by having pizza for dinner. We had a bunch of produce in the fridge that I wanted to use up before it turned ugly.

Note to self: When making pizza from scratch, remember to…

*Prepare dough and fixin’s during afternoon nap and before school pick up.*

‘Cause when Mommy’s hands are occupied kneading dough for eight minutes, this is again one of those opportune times for the kiddos to get at each other.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I lovingly made heart shaped pizzas.
Here’s the recipe:

Heart-shaped pizza

Pizza Dough
Courtesy of Canadian Living

Ingredients:

3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL) quick-rising instant dry yeast
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) warm (120 F/50 C) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
*add 1tbsp of Italian seasoning if you’d like

Instructions:

In bowl, combine 2-3/4 cups (675 mL) of the flour, yeast, salt and seasonings, if using. With wooden spoon, gradually stir in water and oil until ragged dough forms, using hands if necessary.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding up to 1/4 cup (50 mL) more flour, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, if necessary.

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

(Make-ahead: Refrigerate unrisen dough and let rise for 24 hours. Or freeze in plastic bag for up to 1 month; let thaw and rise in refrigerator overnight.)

Once risen, turn out onto lightly greased pizza sheet and press out into a 14″ round.
* I tore the dough in half so the kiddos could top their own pizzas and formed them into heart shapes in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Top the pizzas with desired toppings of your choice, such as pizza sauce, meats, olives, peppers, spinach, basil, Boursin cheese, mushrooms, pineapple, etc., then smother in shredded cheese.

 

Pizza toppings

Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

I made two batches of the dough so that the kids had their own pizzas and Mommy and Daddy had one to share. Best of all, there were leftovers for lunch the next day! 😄