Recipe Redo: Roasted Pork with Caramelized Apples

Hey guys. Sorry to my email subscribers who randomly got notified of this post last night. I was having some issues with scheduling my post, and I accidentally posted to real time instead of pre-scheduling for 7:00am this morning.

Anyways! Something I’ve been wanting to do on the blog for a while is to go back and recreate some of my recipes that I posted during my early years. I remember I used to post almost every single meal that Tim and I cooked together, even if the meal wasn’t even necessarily that blog-worthy. I just wanted to build up my recipe page as fast as possible. For any newbie bloggers out there, please avoid my rookie mistake. Just like I recommend with a fitness strategy, try to go for quality of recipes (or even blog posts in general) over quantity.

I also want to redo some of my earlier recipes because my own food choices have changed since I started blogging three years ago. Back then, I was just starting to get into clean eating. I had never heard of coconut or almond flour, I had no idea what the implications of eating organic versus non-organic were, and it was a gamble on how to pronounce the word quinoa. Blogging actually helped me change a LOT of my eating habits, if you can believe that.

That being said, today I’m here with my first recipe redo. I want you guys to check out my original post for these apple topped pork chops. Note that we prepared them with butter and brown sugar. There’s nothing WRONG with cooking with those ingredients, but now I know how to get a little more creative when healthifying. So here you go. The new and improved version!

Roasted Pork with Caramelized Apples

Recipe Redo: Roasted Pork with Caramelized Apples

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds of pork roast
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 3 extra tbsp
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp pecans (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place the pork roast on a plate, and brush with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the other 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and brown the pork roast on all sides, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  4. Once done, remove the roast from heat, and set aside. Leave all the drippings in the pan. Add the 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut sugar.
  5. Cook, stirring about two minutes, and then add the sliced apples to the pan. Mix until all of the apples are coated with the liquid, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  6. Remove skillet from heat, add the pork roast back to the dish. Re-arrange the sliced apples so that the pork is covered, and spoon the liquid on top.
  7. Put the skillet with the entire pork and apple mixture in the oven, and cook for 45-55 minutes or until the pork’s internal temperature is around 160 degrees F. While the pork is roasting, spoon the liquid back on top of the pork about every 10-15 minutes.
  8. Once cooked through, sprinkle with the pecans if using them, and enjoy!

Roasted Pork with Caramelized Apples

Now let me just say that I couldn’t really tell the difference between these caramelized apples and the old version. Also, there’s just something about combining the flavors of pork and apples, don’t you think? The flavors really complement each other. The freshness of the apples highlights the heavier choice of meat, and it all comes together for a perfect fall meal. This dish is a great way to use up apples from apple picking!

If you are using pork chops instead of the pork roast, you can follow the same recipe, just note that the amount of time you cook for will actually decrease. My recommendation is to just keep an eye on your thermometer. You will still want to cook to the 160 degree point.

Roasted Pork with Caramelized Apples

Hope you guys like this. I’m going to replace the original post with this link on my recipes page, but I won’t delete it completely. I don’t want to compromise the integrity of my posts over the years.

–Let’s chat–
Are you guys making anything fun with apples you picked while apple picking? How have your eating habits changed for the better over the past couple of years? Bloggers, has blogging helped you become healthier or more knowledgeable about things you were unfamiliar with before?

For other pork recipes on F&F, check out a crock pot version of pork and apples or this maple peach glazed pork tenderloin.

BostInno #BosFIT Event: Ticket Giveaway

Hi guys!

While I will be partying for my friend Erica’s wedding in NYC next weekend, a bunch of fitness minded people like myself will be attending an awesome event in Boston on Saturday morning.

bosfit event

BosFIT is a fitness forum hosted by BostInno on Saturday 9/27 from 9:00am-12:30pm at The Club by George Foreman III. Attendees will be able to try out a number of 30-minute classes from hot local studios, get exclusive first-hand access to trainers and nutritionists in “Ask-A-Trainer” and “Ask-A-Nutritionist” open forums, listen to panel discussions with industry thought leaders, snag giveaways and promotions in a mini expo featuring the best health and wellness brands in the Hub, and walk away with a gift bag stuffed to the brim with promotions from the city’s hottest gyms.

You guys, this is going to be awesome! Some of my gym friends have been going to the Bags & Beats and Bags & Bootcamp classes at George Foreman, and they’ve had nothing to share but rave reviews. I know Barry’s Bootcamp and BollyX will be options for classes to try on Saturday as well. Check out the full schedule of classes and descriptions of some of the other companies participating here. You can also check out the event page and/or buy tickets on Eventbrite.

I’m super jealous to miss out on this, but I’ll make up for it by getting low and busting out super sweet dance moves in my bridesmaid dress. Since I cannot use the two tickets I was offered to attend the event, BostInno is letting me give them away to one lucky F&F winner.

To enter to win 2 free tickets to the #BosFIT event:

Just leave a comment on this post telling me something fitness related you plan on doing this week. You can win an extra entry into the giveaway by sharing on social media (just leave a second comment letting me know you did).

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday! Good luck!

F&F Friday Favorites ~ 09.19.14

Hey guys. It’s definitely been a weird week.

The ups: Booking our wedding venue, having all kick ass workouts this week, and seeing my girlfriends on Wednesday night for dinner and drinks.

The downs: Tim being away for work all week and then getting into a car accident when he got home yesterday. He’s okay, and so was everyone else involved, but it’s going to be a stressful couple of weeks with only one car and needing to shop for a new one. It’s not like we’re swimming in extra money after the ring purchase and putting our down payment on the wedding venue either. Eeek. We will get through it! I’m just glad Tim wasn’t hurt. It could have been a lot worse.

If you haven’t been keeping up with F&F, here’s what you’ve missed:

Time to get into my favorite links from the week. Enjoy!

Friday Favorites

Fitness

Foodie

Recipes

Blogging and Social Media

Self Image and Inspiration

–Let’s chat–
What were your ups and downs from the week? What’s up for the weekend? Do you have any link love to share?

Today I’m attending a conference in Newton hosted by the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and I’m hoping to leave with a few nuggets. I’ve felt pretty discouraged with the wellness program at work lately, so I’m looking forward to networking with others and getting some tips on how to increase program participation. Tomorrow morning, I’m meeting my gym friend Liz for a free fitness class in the morning, and Sunday Tim and I are meeting with the priest for our wedding, but that’s about all I have planned. We’ll see where the rest of the weekend takes us!

Fitness & Feta at Athleta

See what I did there? ;)

I have been obsessed with Athleta lately. I’m actually not sure how I didn’t discover it sooner! Before the summer, I was talking to a friend about needing new bathing suits, and she recommended Athleta’s swim line to me. I ended up going on a shopping date with my friend Ashley and buying two new suits. Let me tell you, they are comfortable, cute, and most of all – flattering!

Beach DayNot only do I like their swimwear, but the rest of their apparel is awesome too. I want every single piece of workout attire on the shelf (gimme ALL THE CLOTHES), and their everyday wear is perfect for women who are always on the go. Me.

I was recently in the Legacy Place store purchasing some snazzy workout crops, and a funny thing happened. During checkout, the girl who was ringing me up looked at me and asked if I wrote for a fitness blog. I said yes, and turns out, she gave me a tour of Naked Pizza in Brighton YEARS ago. I couldn’t believe it. That was one of my very first blog experiences and giveaways. What a small world, huh? I’m surprised she recognized me! For the record, Naked Pizza no longer exists. It’s really too bad.

Anyways, the two of us started chatting about what I’m doing now, and long story long, she told me that they often will have local instructors teach in store classes or host private events. I’m sure you can guess where this is going…

Athleta[Source]

Birthday Bootcamp Blast!

On Thursday, October 2nd, I will be teaming up with Athleta in Legacy Place to teach an in-store bootcamp class! This Athleta location is turning one, so the event coincides with their week of birthday festivities. From 7-8pm, I will teach a FREE class consisting of both cardio drills and muscle conditioning exercises. It’s going to be a great way to get the most bang for your buck with no equipment while having fun with friends! The best part? After class, you can stay for healthy snacks, mingling, and shopping! Athleta will be offering a 25% discount <—-yesssss. All levels are welcome, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a pretty sweet prize.

So! This is the first time I’m doing something like this. Will you join me? Because space is limited, we did have to restrict signups to a max of 25 attendees. If you are interested, you must RSVP to Sarah_Colbath@stores.gap.com. She will be tracking all signups, and it’s first come first serve.

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever attended an in store fitness class before? Instructors, have you ever taught one? Do you have any advice for me?

Can’t wait to sweat, snack, and shop with you guys! Now what to teach…

Life Lately {August 2014}

August was yet another crazy month.

Life Lately

I had a total of two weekends with minimal plans at the beginning of the month, so I tried to soak up as much spontaneity as I could. We kicked off that first weekend with an impromptu get together at our friend Sam’s parents’ house. Sam lives in DC and was home for the weekend, so his parents hosted a lot of friends and family. They own an organic farm in Wrentham, so it was thrilling to go to a dinner party and pile my plate like this:

Sam's Parents House

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to join my friends Liz and Alice at a btone class in Lexington.

btone fitness lexington

We took the Tone N Torch class, which was an awesome combination of cardio blasts and strength training exercises on the Megaformer machines. I used my free ClassPass trial to attend this class, but I’m sad to say that I am officially the worst ClassPass user in the entire world! This has nothing to do with ClassPass not being awesome (um, hello, it gives you access to so many AMAZING studios around the city), but for my crazy schedule this year, I really didn’t get a chance to put it to good use. Several of the studios are smack in the middle of the city, and it’s hard for me to commute into the city when I work outside of Boston. Unfortunately, this spring and summer I’ve had to choose the convenience of working out close to home over trying new fitness things in the city to maximize on time. ClassPass, I’m sorry that I can’t give you a fair review on F&F, but maybe you’ll let me try again someday!!

After my Saturday morning workout, I remember having a day to just LOUNGE, and then Tim and I had a date night in the city. We tried Merchant, and even though the food and drinks did not disappoint, the vibe was a bit slow and empty. I thought maybe it was just the night, but I went with my friends from home a couple of weeks later only to find the same thing. Meh.

Merchant

On Sunday, we headed back into the city to meet up with my friends Meghan and Erin because Meg was in town from DC! We grabbed brunch at Temazcal by the seaport, and then spent the rest of the day having a Sunday Funday at Harpoon Brewery. It was so great to catch up with these friends!

Harpoon Brewery TourHarpoon Brewery

The following week I had a really awesome Thursday night out with my old roommates. Slesh, Katrina, Bridget, and I met at Gather downtown for dinner and drinks. Highly recommend! I also asked the girls that night to be in my wedding, and you bet we caused a scene. More on that in another post, but that night was exactly what I needed.

Gather Boston

That weekend included two days of some much-needed beach and sun time along with dinner out with my friends from home at Papagayo.

Carson Beach

Then things picked right back up again! There was one weekend in August where I had a wedding, a bridal shower, and my dad’s 60th birthday party all in 24 hours.

Cristin and Andy’s wedding was so beautiful and BOSTON! Check out this view from our hotel room.

Cristin and Andy's Wedding

They got married in a church located in Cristin’s hometown, but the party was under a tent at the Hyatt Harborside. Cristin looked beautiful, and it was a fun night seeing friends I used to work with! We barely get to see each other anymore.

Cristin and Andy's Wedding

Cristin and Andy's Wedding

Cristin and Andy's Wedding

Cristin and Andy's Wedding

The next morning I woke up early to book it to my friend Patrice’s bridal shower. Unfortunately, since it was the same day as my dad’s 60th birthday party, I couldn’t make it to the luncheon part, but Patrice’s bridesmaids organized a fun little pre-shower paint party at the Paint Bar for her. I was happy to at least be able to make it to part of Patrice’s special day. We painted flowers, and the colors of the painting were chosen to match the colors for the wedding. I loved this idea so much.

Paint Bar for Patrice's Shower

After the shower I rushed home to prep a few things, then Tim and I made our way to my parents’ house for my dad’s birthday party. We had a lot of fun with family, ate and drank, danced and played games in the yard, and reminisced as my dad opened his gifts. I put together a memory book for him where each guest submitted a few of their favorite memories of my dad. I called it Sixty Plus Memories For Sixty Years of Chuck.

Dad's 60th Birthday

Dads 60th Birthday

Dads 60th BirthdayDads 60th Birthday

The following weekend brought me to New Jersey for my friend Erica’s bridal shower! On Friday night, Bridget, Erica, Kelly, and I stayed at Erica’s parents’ condo. We had a lovely meal, toasted champagne, and just caught up. The shower was held at Erica’s godmother’s beautiful home, and the weather held out for us! It was such a great day celebrating one of my best friends, and I plan to recap it more soon because I have so many awesome pictures from the day.

Erica's Bridal Shower

After the shower, Slesh and I stayed at her parents’ house in Connecticut to break up our ride home. It was another great night of just sitting back and chatting over wine. It’s funny how sometimes it takes traveling to NJ or CT to slow down, huh?

The end of August was spent in full wedding planning mode. I felt like all I did was research venues, call venues, and go to venues, but at least I had my birthday weekend to wrap up the month. I turned 29, and let me tell you that 29 is completely and utterly UNEXCITING. And I loved every second of it. It was the first year I didn’t care to celebrate much at all and wanted something really low key. Tim got me flowers and tickets to go see The Lion King in October, which I’m psyched about because I’ve never seen that show, and I’ve always wanted to go.

Birthday Weekend: 29

On Saturday, we spent the day with my parents first at a couple of venues but then at Duxbury beach for the afternoon. At night we had dinner and drinks at The Olde Salte House in Cohasset. On Sunday (my actual birthday), we headed up to Newburyport for a day trip with Slesh and Will. We got some more beach time in, and then grabbed a couple of drinks at The Black Cow on the waterfront. I loved it there, and I’m not sure how I hadn’t discovered it before!

29th Birthday in Newburyport29th Birthday in Newburyport

After our day trip, we headed home and Tim took me out to dinner at Dante. We were going to eat on their outdoor patio that overlooks the Charles, but it was pouring so we had to stay put inside. I was bummed, but we still had a great night out and enjoyed an awesome meal and a bottle of wine. After dinner, we continued our night at one of our favorite bars down the street, Mead Hall.

29th Birthday Dinner and Drinks

And that was my August!

–Let’s chat–
How did August treat you? Even though we’re well into September, what’s something great that already happened this month or what else are looking forward to?

I was happy to kick off my September with a week off from work and a long weekend getaway to Portland, one of our favorite places. We also had a free weekend last weekend and another one coming up this weekend. I’m excited that September has slowed down, but I cannot wait for Erica and Chris’s wedding festivities in NYC in less than two weeks! Eeek!