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Some people would think that life homeschooling would be so much easier than a parent that works outside the home and sends their kids to a school outside the home. The truth is, it’s not. Homeschooling life with a work from home parent has it’s own unique set of challenges. Primarily, for me, I keep our girls so active that we are barely home. Between co-op classes, playdate meet-ups, sports practice and more, we are always on the go.
So we need quick meal solutions, too.
While I want quick meals, I also want wholesome meals. I want the meals that I create for my kids to be real ingredients and keep their bellies filled. One thing I’ve found is that while they will eat a bowl of cereal any night for dinner that I can’t get a meal, they aren’t satisfied. They don’t sleep as well that night. They wake up cranky and extra hungry. It’s just not a good thing for anyone in our family.
Getting those wholesome meals on the table doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming.
It’s really true, I promise. That was one of my biggest complaints when I was learning how to cook. Everything that tasted really good seemed to take forever and a day to make. While some really great meals do take awhile to cook, it doesn’t mean all of them have too. There’s still plenty of meals that I have up my sleeve that only take an hour or less. This particular meal is about 30 minutes.
Creamy Cajun Pork Pasta
This creamy cajun pork pasta recipe is just what the cook ordered for a quick but wholesome meal for the whole family. It’s rich, yet simple and packed full of flavor. Our girls gobbled it up and even asked for more.
We used Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin. It’s naturally tender and juicy, yet has no added steroids, hormones or artificial ingredients. When you start by cutting the pork into medallions, it’s the perfect everyday meal solution.
- 1 Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin
- 1 box fettuccine
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning, divided
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- pink salt
- black pepper, freshly cracked
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- Green onions, diced finely
- Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Open your package of Smithfield All Natural Pork tenderloin.
- Separate the two pieces.
- Cut one piece of tenderloin into 1 inch medallions.
- Do the same with 1/4 of the second tenderloin piece.
- Tip: With the remaining 3/4 of the second piece of tenderloin, add to a crockpot with our BBQ sauce and cook on high for 4 hours. Shred for BBQ Pulled Pork for a second meal the next day.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread seasoning mixture evenly onto both sides of the pork medallions.
- Add pasta to boiling water.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add medallions to pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Pork should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Remove medallions to a plate.
- In the same skillet add the butter and heavy cream.
- Using a wooden spoon, scrap the bottom of the pan to get the leftover pork pieces up.
- Once butter is melted, add in the parmesan cheese and remaining cajun seasoning.
- Turn heat to low, stirring often.
- Once pasta is cooked al dente, drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
- Add drained pasta and reserved water to the sauce.
- Combine well.
- Add the pork back to the dish and heat thoroughly.
- Remove from heat.
- Top with diced tomatoes and green onions.
- Serve immediately.
You can find Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin at Wal-mart.
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