Episode 39: Ryan Cooks
Mushroom Casserole, The BEST Baked Pork Tenderloin, & Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Carnitas
Brown rice, mushrooms, and creamy dairy are topped with parmesan cheese for this vegetarian casserole. Toasted almonds and fresh tarragon add a nice crunch and freshness at the finish.
Consider doubling the amount of mushrooms or adding in different varieties for more mushroom flavor.
We found this baked a little dry. Next time we’ll add a quarter cup of water to see if the rice stays soft.
Don’t skip the almonds (if you can). We loved the crunch they added to the casserole.
Ryan was on the hunt for a practical and tasty solution to dinner. Using his patented search method he came upon this gem of a recipe. A whole pork loin is rubbed with a pantry-friendly spice mix of cumin, garlic, Italian seasoning and paprika. A squeeze of lemon, a short time in a hot oven and you have dinner.
You can easily make either one or two pork loins with this recipe. Halve the seasonings if you’re cooking for a smaller crowd.
Turn this into a sheet pan dinner and start halved, seasoned squash on the pan first. After 20 minutes (for butternut squash, less for acorn or delicata), pull out the pan, place the pork on the sheet, and pop back in the oven.
Fragrant with orange, cumin, and garlic, pork carnitas are the star of your next burrito bowl or taco night. All the ingredients- pork shoulder, garlic, orange, onion- go in the pressure cooker at once. What comes out is shreddable pork in a lot less time, thanks to the Instant Pot.
Double the recipe at your own risk- we found the meat wasn’t as flavorful when we did do.
Make sure to salt the pork adequately. The flavor depends on it!
Carnitas freeze beautifully; nice to have for impromptu Taco Tuesday.
From the Smorgasbord:
Rants and Raves:
Brunch spreaders: Kate loves these for jam, cream cheese or for spreading then cutting a PB&J. Get a few and bundle with a loaf of good bread and local jam for a stellar present.
Magnet Grocery Lists: Betsy has taken a more analog approach to shopping lists. Just like her mom, she now has a pad of paper with a magnet that hangs on her fridge. As she or her kids notice or need a grocery item, it goes on the list. Then tear off on your way out the door. A great way to keep organized and involve kids in some household tasks.
Kashi Organic Promise Berry Fruitful Cereal: Ryan is always searching for a snack that is 1)healthy 2) isn’t a paltry serving size 3) actually tastes good. Kashi’s Berry Fruitful Cereal ticks all the boxes for him. (Note- we’re not sponsored by Kashi. Just love the cereal.)