Recipe from P90X – Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

Well, I’m on Day 23 and things have been going really well with the program. I can already see a change in the way my clothes fit and on the scale, which is always a good thing. 🙂

I wanted to share with you a great salad that I’ve had a few times. It’s colorful, refreshing and has great flavor for any meal. Move over Cheeseburger in Paradise!

Island Pork Tenderloin

16oz pork tenderloin, lean

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp chile powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsps olive oil

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 tbsp fresh garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tbsp Tobasco sauce

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder and cinnamon, then coat pork with the spice rub. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a 12-inch skillet over moderately high heat and brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes. Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tobasco and pat onto top of tenderloin. Place pork in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

1/2 orange, peeled and cut

1 cup spinach

1/2 red pepper, cut lengthwise into thin strips

1 tbsp golden raisins

1 cup Napa cabbage, shredded

6 oz. Island Pork Tenderloin

Peel and cut oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices and set aside. Toss spinach, cabbage, bell pepper and raisins in a large bowl. Mound salad mixture on a large plate. Arrange pork and orange slices on top and drizzle with dressing (I prefer a light balsamic vinaigrette), however, they do suggest a cumin vinaigrette which is a combination of fresh lime juice, orange juice, dijon mustard, cumin powder, salt, black pepper and olive oil. I thought that was a little overkill since there’s cumin on the pork, but it’s up to you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

(Per serving:  556 calories, 13 g fat, 39 g protein, 51 g carbohydrate, 111 mg cholesterol, 781 mg sodium)

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Recipe From P90X – Lemon Garlic Chicken

I just completed my first week on P90x and so far I feel great! I got up every morning and worked out to one of the DVD’s that the program came with. Plyometrics was by far the hardest and the one that made me hardly be able to walk for a few days. I don’t think my calves have ever hurt so bad before in my life and I’ve played competitive tennis since I was 5! Makes me feel like I was “bustin’ it” in my terms.

I must say it’s a good thing that I enjoy cooking because I was in the kitchen cooking my meals all the time and it became very time consuming. I wanted to share one of my favorite meals that I enjoyed this week. It’s tasty and very low in calories and fat. Let me know what you think of it! Enjoy!

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

-1/4 c. fresh lemon juice

-2 tbsp molasses

-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

-4 garlic cloves, chopped

-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp black pepper

-lemon wedges

-parsley sprigs

Combine first 4 ingredients in a nonreactive dish and add chicken. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning occasionally. Preheat over to 425 degrees. Remove chicken from dish, reserving marinade, and arrange in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Pour reserved marinade over chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, basting occasionally with marinade. Bake without basting for 20 minutes more or until chicken is done. Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with parsley, if desired.

Serves 3

(Per serving:  153 calories, 4 g fat, 21 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 86 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium)

P90X – My New Fitness Program

Today is the first day of a new fitness program that I’ve decided to do. It’s called P90X and it’s 90 days of designed meal plans, which I plan to share some of the recipes, and intense workouts ranging from weight training to yoga. My friend and current boss, Danny, did it and had some good results, so I thought, why not? What’s my motivation? Well, in 87 days, I’ll be heading to Mexico with some girlfriends to celebrate my 30th birthday, and I want to look and feel my best!

There are three phases to the program: Fat Shredder, Energy Booster and Endurance Maximizer. My first 30 days is the Fat Shredder phase which is a high-protein-based diet designed to help strengthen muscle while shedding fat from the body.

My first workout entailed working chest, back and abs, and let me tell ya… it kicked my butt. But, I’m looking forward to seeing results and what this program can do for me. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me luck!