All the cooking I have been doing since lockdown and allowed me to gain a few unwanted pounds. So, I need to eat differently for awhile. I must eliminate my beloved homemade breads, stop using so much olive oil, reduce all fats and increase vegetables and fruit. In general, it is time for me to be more mindful of the calories I am eating.

Pork loin and tenderloin is a safe bet as it is very low in fat. These recipes are healthy, low in fat and will help me enjoy my food while still dieting.

Best of all, these recipes taste great! Savory. Warm. Filling.

Boneless Pork Chops

Combine 4-4 oz pork chops in a mix of the juice of 1 lime, ½ t. Salt, 1 t. Olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 t. Dried oregano, 1 t. Cumin, ¼ t. Pepper. Marinate for an hour or two.

Grill pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Serve with Marinated Red Onions

Mix ½ finely sliced red onions with the juice of 1-2 lines, ¼ C minced cilantro and a pinch of salt. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Accompany with Roasted Vegetables

Spread 2 large cut up carrots, a similar amount of butternut squash, quartered onions and 8 halved small potatoes on a sheet pan. Spray with Pam. Add ½ t. Cinnamon, ½ t. Cumin, salt, black pepper, 1 T. Thyme, a few grates of orange zest.

Bake in a 350 oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking.

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