Tuesday, July 12, 2011

kelvington special

our friends call these the kelvington special. we love them ... super quick and easy. it just cheese and tomato on a bagel. here's how:

toast up buttered bagel under broiler (open face). once it's golden brown, place cheese on top - i always use havarti. put back under broiler until cheese is melted. take out of oven and top with sliced tomato, sprinkle of seasoned salt, and some pepper. they are really good. i promise.

anybody recognize these plates?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

mango quinoa salad

made it and totally loved it!!! just my two cents about it though: too many beans, i'll add less next time. too little mango, i put 3 in and wanted more! so good though.
we used to not like mangoes because we had never had the good kind of mangoes. we got the good kind in a bountiful basket a few times and they are like candy. totally good.  costco has them too.

good mango...
not so good mango...

anyway, here's the recipe:

Mango Quinoa Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa* at room temperature, or chilled
1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 handful chopped cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl.  Add mango, red pepper, green onion, black beans, and cilantro.  In a small bowl combine vinegar, olive oil, and lime juice.  Whisk until smooth and pour on top of salad.  Toss to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.  Chill for at least one hour before serving.

NOTE (8/4/11): i take back my snobby mango comments. we made this at mom's house and used the other kind of mangos. they were totally good (but not AS good) and had way more "meat" on them. maybe i just didn't like them at all before ... 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

THE best pork tenderloin you will ever have.

we made this for 4th of july. it was soooo delish. (i marinated mine <8hrs)

we had grilled veggies with it (red pepper, zuchinni, and asparagus) --- my current favorite way to eat veggies. i grill them like in mary's post below. andy even loves veggies when they are grilled.

Citrus and Soy-Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

*Serves 6
2-3 pounds pork tenderloin
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
Combine all the ingredients except the pork and mix well. Pour the marinade into a ziploc bag or baking dish and add the pork tenderloin, making sure the marinade completely covers the pork. Marinade for 8-10 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill (charcoal or gas). Grill the pork tenderloin about 3-4 minutes on each of its four sides (the exact time will depend on the temperature of your grill) or the internal temperature is about 150 to 155 degrees. Remove from the grill, tent with foil, and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.