Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oven Roasted Pork Loin with Cheesy Risotto

Balancing working with taking care of the house and being a new mom has been extremely challenging.  I love my job, I love keeping house, and I love my daughter, but sometimes I feel stretched pretty thin.  One thing that always brings me back is cooking.  At Aldi yesterday, there was a huge meat sale! I stocked up on chicken, beef, and pork.
 
I decided to actually cook a meal last night for dinner.  Something I haven't been able to do for a while.  We've had a lot of "easy freezer food" or take out. I missed cooking.  I decided to try out the pork loin.  I have never made one before, but it didn't seem too difficult.
 
I seasoned the meat with seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
Then I browned it on the stove to seal in the juices and give it some color.
I baked the loin at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  It came out perfect and juicy and delicious!
 

 
 
For a side dish, I made a very simple cheese risotto (adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe).
 I brought 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and added my rice. Let it simmer until it startes to look creamy and bubbly.  I seasoned it with garlic and onion powder.  Add 1 tbs butter, a splash of milk, and a big handful of shredded parmesan cheese.Cook until the liquid is absorbed, and the rice will be cheesy and creamy.
 

After I finished cooking it, I fixed a plate for my husband to eat while I played with Parker.  It was getting close to her bed time, and she was starting to get a little fussy.  After he ate, we gave her her bath, which we always do as part of her bedtime routine.  I figured I'd just eat afterwards... 

I filled her bathtub and put her in it. She splashed and played... and pooped.  
I drained the water, washed out the tub, refilled the tub, and put her back in. She splashed and played... and pooped.
I drained the water, washed out the tub, and gave up. We cleaned her up with baby wipes and called it good enough.

I finally got to eat this for lunch today =)

9 comments:

  1. Looks yummy. If you're interested, I'd love for you to link it up to my Tutorial Tuesday Blog Hop.

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I linked up and added your party to my blog party page =)

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    2. My pleasure and thank you! Pinning this to my Tutorial Tuesday board on Pinterest.

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  2. The diet I'm on suggests eating pork, but I don't have a lot of recipes that don't require frying or smothering it in some kind of fattening sauce. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  3. Looking good!
    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Two Girls and a Party
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks for the invite! Just linked up and added your blog to my list of parties on my blog party page!

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  4. This looks really good!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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  5. Looks so yummy! Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com great to have you!Hope to see you again this week! Hope you & baby are doing well. xo Theresa

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