Brown Sugar Soy Baked Pork Tenderloin


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I love pork tenderloins because it is so simple to prepare and is one of the leanest cuts of pork available! It’s known as the “chicken breast” of the pork world that stands up to bold delicious flavors and is overall versatile.  Here is the recipe for one of my favorite marinades!

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The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 Pork Tenderloins (Mine were 2. 5 lbs)
  • ½ Cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Sherry
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp dried Minced Onion
  • 2 tsp  minced Garlic

Directions:

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1. Mix everything in a gallon bag or bowl and marinate for 5 hours. (the longer the better!)

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

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3. Place the pork tenderloin in a 9×13 baking dish  (I line mine with aluminum foil for  an easier cleanup).

4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature is around 160°.

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5. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

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6. Serve with a side of rice, quinoa, and veggies! Enjoy!

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Haiyen’s Awesome Shish Kabobs!


ImageWhen the weather gets warm it makes me want to grill out! If you want a healthy, quick, and delicious meal allowing you to enjoy the outdoors these are perfect for you!  I absolutely love making these. Not only are they fun and on a stick, you can make your own just the way you want them! If you marinate these properly, they’re the most juicy and wonderful morsels you can possibly imagine. I came up with this awesome marinade one day, which came out delightful I must add, so I just wanted to share it with you all!

 Just a few extra tips to get the most out of your marinade! Just remember, the longer the better and it’s really important to soak your skewers.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs. of Chicken breast (or thighs) whichever you prefer
  • ½ Cup Soy Sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ Honey
  • ½ Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • ¼ cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • ¼ cup rice win vinegar
  • ½-1 lbs. baby Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 large Red bell pepper
  • 1 large Green bell pepper
  • 1 large Onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • About 10 Bamboo Skewers

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For the Marinade:

  • ½ Cup Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ Honey
  • ½ Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • ¼ cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • ¼ cup rice win vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions:

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1. Cut the chicken breast into 1 ½ inch cubes.

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2. Cut the portabella mushrooms into quarters large enough so you can thread them on the skewers.

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3. Put the chicken and mushrooms in a large bowl and pour marinade over it and cover.  Marinade for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. (Remember the longer the better!)

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4. Soak your skewers in water to prevent them from burning on the grill. (At least 30 minutes)

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5.  Cut your bell peppers and onions into chucks roughly the width of the chicken pieces.

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6. Now take the meat out of the fridge and start threading the meat and vegetables onto the bamboo skewers. (Be careful not to poke yourself!)

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7. Once all of the meat and veggies are gone, take the leftover marinade and put it in a small saucepan.  Heat the marinade until boiling and turn off the heat. (I like to use this sauce for basting!)

8. Prepare your grill for high direct heat.

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9. Place the kabobs on the grill for 8-10 minutes. Depending on how hot your grill is, turn the kabobs occasionally and baste with the sauce frequently.

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10. Take off the grill and serve with some rice!

Grilled Sweet Chilli Pork Chops


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Not only is this the easiest grilled pork chop recipe, it is also absolutely delicious. The best part about it is that you only need 2 ingredients and it requires no marinating!

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 cup of Sweet chilli sauce
  • THAT’S IT!

1. Fire up your grill.

2. Slather 1 Cup of sauce (more if you would like) and cover the pork chops

3. When the grill is ready, place pork chops on the grill and cover for 2-5 minutes and flip. (Grilling time will vary depending on thickness of the pork chop)

4. Take off grill and baste with more sauce to add more flavor.

5. Serve with a side of white rice and vegetables. ENJOY!

Spicy Asian Baked Tofu


When most people hear the word “Tofu” they automatically think of a white blob that’s bland and has a weird texture. But when prepared properly, tofu is delicious. It is very nutritious containing protein and calcium. The best thing about tofu that most individuals don’t know is that it exceeds the nutritional value of most meat dishes. Here is one of my favorite baked tofu recipes that you can eat with rice and a side of greens or with a salad.

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The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 16 oz Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp Siracha Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • A pinch of onion powder
  • A pinch of Sea salt
  • 2 tsp Crushed red peppers

1. Take tofu and dry off with paper towels. You want to get it as dry as possible so it absorbs the marinade.

2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

3. In a shallow dish, combine all the ingredients (besides the tofu).

4. Cut the tofu into 1 inch strips.

5. Spray a 9×13 baking sheet with nonstick spray.

6. Drench each piece of Tofu with the sauce and place onto baking sheet.

7. Bake 15 minutes, flip, baste with the remaining sauce, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. (Total baking time 30 minutes)

8. Serve and enjoy!

Honey Soy Sauce Baked Chicken Wings


I often find myself day dreaming at work about cooking. Call me weird but today I just could not stop thinking about these dang chicken wings! So, naturally, I decided to satisfy my cravings!  These savory chicken wings are o-so-good and super easy to make.  The ingredients are simple but the flavor is phenomenal. Not only can you use this sauce for this recipe, you can also use this recipe on chicken breast (yum).

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1  cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 cup honey, 2 Tbsp ketchup, oil, garlic and 2 Tbsp corn starch in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil and turn heat off. This will create a thicker sauce.
  3. Season chicken with black pepper. 
  4. Line a 9X13 baking dish with aluminum foil and place the chicken wings in the baking dish.
  5. Poor the sauce all over the chicken.
  6. Place aluminum foil tightly over chicken and bake for 60 minutes.
  7. Take the foil off and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy 🙂

Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken (Ga Kho)


This dish is one of my favorites because I love Caramelizing. Caramelization creates a delicious sauce that is sweet, salty, savory and thick enough to nicely coat whatever you’re cooking. A lot of individuals don’t use fish sauce because they’re afraid of the smell but once they get over the smell and try it, they’re hooked. It is a vital part of this dish and you will see how delicious the outcome will be. The first time I made this for my boyfriend, even I was scared that he would think it would smell weird but instead it became one of his favorite dishes! Hope you all enjoy!

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbs minced ginger
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tbs fish sauce (marinade)
  • 1 tbs brown sugar (marinade)
  • 1 thai chili thinly sliced or crushed red peppers (optional)
  • 2 green onions, sliced about 1/2 inch
  • 1 tsp black pepper (marinade)
  • roasted sesame
  • Green onions
  • 2 Tbs cooking oil
  1. First thing you need to do is cut the chicken into bit size pieces and marinade it with 2 Tbs of fish sauce and 1 Tbs brown sugar for 10-30 minutes.
  2. Using a medium sized bowl, make the sauce by combining 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup water, rice vinegar, fish sauce, ginger, onions, and garlic and mix until everything is incorporated. Set aside for later.
  3. Pour cooking oil onto a large pan and turn on high heat.
  4. Add the chicken and spread it out evenly.
  5. Allow the chicken to sear without touching it for a minute or so and then pour in about 1/4 of the sauce into the pan. The sauce will start to thicken and the chicken will brown after a few minutes. Check to see if it’s nicely caramelized, then turn the pieces of chicken over and pour in the rest of the sauce.
  6. Don’t be worried about the amount of liquid in the pan. The sauce will reduce into a nice thick consistency.
  7. Right before you turn off the heat toss in the chiles and green onions.
  8. Transfer chicken to serving platter topping it with roasted sesame and serve!

I usually serve my Ga Kho with a side of Jasmine rice and cucumbers to dip in the caramel sauce.