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The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Friday, June 25, 2010

PORK SLOPPY JOES (from Robin Miller Quick Fix Meals)

THIS RECIPE IS MEANT TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THREE OTHER MEALS (please see BALSAMIC ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN in the "Entrees" section).

SERVES 6

I must admit, I'm known for my Sloppy Joes. It's almost expected that I bring a batch to any gathering of friends (except maybe a beach party). I typically use ground turkey breast but I've been known to use leftover pork and other shredded meats to make Joes in minutes. If you're already out of pork for the week, simply brown a batch (about one pound) of ground turkey or chicken breast or lean ground beef. When you're ready to serve, break out the big rolls and even bigger napkins-this is one delightfully messy crowd pleaser.
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4 1/2 cups shredded leftover pork (see BALSAMIC ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN)
Two 14-ounce cans petite-cut diced tomatoes
3/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
6 kaiser rolls 

In a large saucepan, combine the pork, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, liquid smoke, basil, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Set the pan over medium heat, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the corn and simmer 5 minutes to heat through. Spoon the mixture onto rolls and serve hot.

Total Time: 22 minutes
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
ACTIVE COOKING TIME: 2 MINUTES
WALK-AWAY TIME: 10 MINUTES

GOOD HEALTH note:
To add vitamin C (and some terrific green color), add one seeded and diced green bell pepper when you
add the corn.

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