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Looking for a healthy meal option guaranteed to impress even the most fussy eaters? If so then I have an answer for you and it can be made in about 30 minutes. It’s my recipe for glazed pork loin Asian Salad. 

What you will need: 

  • Pork loin (unflavored, fat trimmed)
  • Field green mix
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • 2 small oranges
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Hot sauce (Tapatio or Tabasco)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • White wine vinegar


Start out with a large cast iron pan on medium heat. If you don’t have cast iron use a non stick skillet. You need to mix the cumin, cinnamon, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper together and rub the pork loin to cover. Sear the pork loin on all sides to get a nice caramelized surface on the meat. 

Remove from heat and set aside. When cooled, mix the brown sugar, minced garlic and some hot sauce and cover the top of the pork loin on a cookie sheet. Place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. While cooking the pork, mince the cabbage, wash the field greens and julienne the carrots. In a bowl whisk the vinegar and some lime/lemon/orange juice with some of the olive oil until a nice vinaigrette is ready. Segment the other orange and add with the greens, cabbage and carrots.

Remove the pork from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and then cut on a bias. Toss dressing with the salad mixture and top with thin cut pork and enjoy. This recipe is low in fat and full of flavor. The sugar glaze on the pork ensures that everyone will love your meal!

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Over the holidays, Victor and I had a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park. From the snow covered roads (yes, there was someone to help us with our chains!) to the glory of Half Dome’s snow cap, nature’s display of scenery was breathtaking. Inspired by this beauty, here are a couple of fruit salad recipes for a natural winter fruit salad.

Even in winter, fruits can be fun and delicious. Here are two options for easy-to-make winter fruit salad. One recipe is from Martha Stewart and the other recipe is from Both fruit salad recipes call for ingredients that are easy to find and both salads take little time to make.

Winter Fruit Salad

1 Pink Papaya
1 Yellow Papaya
1 Pint of Fresh Strawberries
1 Lime Halved
Fresh Mint for Garnish

Remove the skin and seeds of the papayas and cut them in quarters or vary the look of the salad by cutting one papaya in 1-inch chunks and the other in 1-inch strips.

Wash the strawberries, remove the stems and cut in half.

Toss the fruit in your favorite serving bowl, squeeze the lime on top and garnish with mint.

Here is a second option for a winter fruit salad.

4 Seedless Oranges peeled
3 Pink Grapefruits peeled
1 Pineapple cored, skin removed and cut into quarter inch cubes
2 Star fruits cut to accent the shape of the fruit
Pomegranate Seeds

Remove the white pith from the oranges and grapefruits; quarter the fruit lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Toss with the pineapple, star fruit and pomegranate seeds in a bowl and serve.

As a side for your fruit salad recipes, serve them with plain or vanilla yogurt (Greek yogurt is a great option as well) or add some additional eatable natural beauty to your buffet by making “fruit cups” with a piece of bib lettuce or sometimes called Boston lettuce.

You can always hallow out a watermelon and create a basket to place the fruit in or take the fruit and create different shapes and sizes using a melon baller. And don’t forget about a Madeline, it also works great for creating textured sliced fruit!

Another fun way to display your winter fruit salad is in a bowl made of ice. You can also decorate your ice bowl by freezing flowers, or herbs such as rosemary, mint and basil or sliced citrus such as lemons and oranges in the ice as well.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the winter and try one of these fruit salad recipes for a winter fruit salad. Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Andrea Wyn is owner of A Wynning Event, a Los Angeles wedding and special event management company. She is a marketing & special event planner with over 15 years of experience and for the past ten years, she has been the event planner for the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R). She has taken her knowledge and special event experience and written an easy-to-read book called Budget Bash where you can find more ideas and helpful tips on event planning including menus, decor, budgets, timelines, florals and more.