Meals with 5 Ingredients or Less: Pork with Apples & Onions, Apricot Chicken with Squash & Brussels Sprouts

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Dinnertime is here, and you have no patience for fussy recipes -- understood! These dishes are the perfect solution, each with only five ingredients or less. (Basic seasonings don't count.)

Hungry Girl's Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions
Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions

1/4th of recipe (about 3.25 oz. cooked pork with 3/4 cup apples and onions): 237 calories, 4g total fat, (1g sat fat), 210mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 15g sugars, 25g protein -- Freestyle SmartPoints® value 2* 

When you serve up a juicy pork roast, people automatically assume you worked really hard on the meal. Don't shatter their illusions... This recipe is TOO easy.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Rest: 10 minutes

One 1-lb. raw pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
3 cups chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)
3 cups chopped onions (about 2 medium onions)
Seasonings: ground sage, garlic powder, salt, black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Bring a large oven-safe skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to high heat on the stove. Season pork with 1/4 tsp. each sage, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes, rotating occasionally to evenly sear.

Add apples and onions to the skillet, alongside the pork. Place skillet in the oven, and bake for 8 minutes.

Flip pork, and stir apples and onions. Bake until pork center reaches 145 degrees and apples and onions have softened, 8 - 10 minutes.

Remove skillet from the oven, and cover to keep warm. Let pork rest for 10 minutes.

Slice pork, and serve with apples and onions.


HG Tip: If you're not sure if the skillet handle is oven-safe, wrap it in aluminum foil first.  


Hungry Girl's Apricot-Glazed Chicken with Squash & Brussels Sprouts Apricot Chicken with
Squash & Brussels Sprouts
1/4th of recipe (1 chicken cutlet with about 1 cup veggies): 275 calories, 3.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 796mg sodium, 33g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 30.5g protein -- Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 7*

Here's another sweet 'n savory dish! (We can't get enough.) Apricot and chicken go sooooo well together...

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

4 cups butternut squash cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 medium squash)
4 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
Four 4-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1/3 cup low-sugar apricot preserves (like the kind by Smucker's)
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
Seasonings: salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Evenly lay cubed squash and halved Brussels sprouts on the baking sheet. Lightly spray with nonstick spray, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes.

Flip veggies. Bake until softened and slightly browned, 15 - 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a grill pan (or large skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Season chicken with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side, working in batches if needed. Plate chicken, and cover to keep warm.

To make the glaze, in a small nonstick pot, combine preserves, soy sauce, and 1/8 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Whisk until uniform. Set heat to medium low. Cook and stir until hot, about 2 minutes. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.)

Drizzle grilled chicken with glaze, and enjoy with roasted veggies.



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