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Pork Tenderloin Tostadas with Avocado

Pork Tenderloin Tostadas with Avocado

by Pam on February 17, 2014

I had a busy day with my kids today and wanted to make something super quick and easy for dinner. I was in the mood for Mexican food and so was my daughter who can never get enough of it. I did a quick sauté of diced pork tenderloin then layered a crisp tortilla (that I baked) with sour cream, pork, lettuce, tomato, cotija cheese, and avocado. Nothing fancy but boy did it hit the spot. My husband, daughter, and I all loved this dish while my son said it was “okay but not his favorite”. Gotta love the honesty!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat both sides of the corn tortillas with olive oil cooking spray then place on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes then flip them over and cook for 2-3 minutes,or until crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Remove the silver skin from the pork tenderloin – click here for instructions[1].  Dice the meat into small bite sized pieces. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the diced pork then season with cumin, coriander, garlic powder, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.

Spread sour cream on the tostada shell then spoon the pork on top. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado then sprinkle the top with cotija cheese. Serve immediately with salsa and lime wedges on the side.



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Pork Tenderloin Tostadas with Avocado




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.



Ingredients:

Cooking spray
5 corn tortillas
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin, diced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Sour cream
Lettuce, shredded
Grape tomatoes, halved
Avocado, diced
Cotija cheese, shredded
Salsa
Lime wedges

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat both sides of the corn tortillas with olive oil cooking spray then place on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes then flip them over and cook for 2-3 minutes,or until crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Remove the silver skin from the pork tenderloin – click link up above for instructions. Dice the meat into small bite sized pieces. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the diced pork then season with cumin, coriander, garlic powder, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.

Spread sour cream on the tostada shell then spoon the pork on top. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado then sprinkle the top with cotija cheese. Serve immediately with salsa and lime wedges on the side.



References

  1. ^ click here for instructions (www.learninghowtocook.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

by Pam on December 10, 2012

I made a very simple tossed salad last night with romaine, grape tomatoes, avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese crumbles, and tortilla crisps on top. I didn’t want to use our regular vinaigrette[1] so I grabbed some cilantro and decided to make, instead of my usual Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette[2], a creamy cilantro dressing. It turned out very flavorful and delicious and we all, except for my son, loved it.  I used lower fat buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream but I am sure it would be tasty with the regular too. I recommend making it at least 30 minutes prior to serving so the flavors have time to mingle. I served this salad with the Black Bean Soup with Bacon[3] and they paired perfectly together.

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy.  Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps.  Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly.  Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Creamy Cilantro Dressing




Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 30 min. for flavors to mingle

Total Time: 40 min.



Ingredients:

1/2 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of olive oil mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed & chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps. Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ regular vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Black Bean Soup with Bacon (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Creamy Corn Soup with Queso Fresco and Cilantro

I love this soup, and this is the perfect time of year to make it with summer corn at it’s sweetest! The temperatures we were having last week were in the high nineties and soup was the last thing on my mind. But finally we are back in the eighties, and a bowl of soup is always comforting to me.

Inspired from a Colombian soup called Crema De Mazorca from the Andean region of Colombia, this soup is sweet and creamy, made with fresh summer corn. I didn’t use any cream, instead it’s simmered in low fat milk and thickened with a potato, once pureed it’s thick and velvety. Then I finished it with some crumbled queso fresco and fresh cilantro with gives it that sweet-savory finish that we love in my home!

If you can’t find queso fresco in your area, try another salty cheese like cotija, ricotta salata or a mild feta.

Sure, you could probably make this from frozen corn, but I don’t think it would taste nearly as good so for best results, make this with fresh corn while it’s in season. This is a great meatless soup, perfect for vegetarians and it also happens to be gluten free!

Creamy Corn Soup with Queso Fresco and Cilantro
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: about 1 1/4 cups  • Old Points: 5 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 257 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 36 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 14 g
Sodium: 474 mg  • Cholest: 22 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob (from 5-6 medium)
  • 1 (6 oz) russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 5 cups 1% milk
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 3 oz (6 tbsp) crumbled queso fresco (or cotija cheese)

Directions:

Heat a medium heavy pot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Add oil and sauté scallions and garlic for 1 minute. Add the corn, potatoes, milk, bouillon, and 1 tablespoon of cilantro in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for approximately 30 to 35 minutes or until the corn is tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and reserve 6 tablespoons of the corn kernels for topping. Add sour cream to the soup and purée in the blender in two batches, careful not to burn yourself; return to the pot.

Adjust salt and pepper, to taste and heat over low heat 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour into 6 bowls and garnish each bowl with 1 tablespoon each of corn kernels and cheese. Top with fresh cilantro.

Makes 7 1/2 cups.

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