I have a few new readers who are also doing P90X, and I’m not sure about them but I am struggling to cook yummy things on the diet.  Mr. Thompson and I are doing the portion control option which gives us a list of options for each of the food groups (protein, carbs, vegetables, fruits, snacks, condiments, fats, and dairy) and tells us how many of each we’re allowed to have each day.  So during this phase, I eat 5 proteins, 1 carb, 2 veggies, 1 fruit, 1 snack, 1 condiment, 0 fats, and 2 dairies.  This is actually a lot of food.  The veggie portions in particular are much more than we usually eat (Mr. Thompson has 4!).  Anyway…I have been getting creative.  Typically it turns out just okay, but occasionally it’s great.  So I thought that I’d share the great ones as they come along!

Pork and Mushroom yumminess (clever name, huh?)

  • Pork loin
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • KC Masterpiece Steakhouse Marinade
  • 2 zucchini, cut
  1. Cube pork into 1 inch pieces (make sure that you’re using pork loin) – you’ll have to guess at the portions until the meat is cooked because the weight changes
  2. Spray pan with olive oil spray and add pork.  As pork cooks, add 3 tbsp of marinade.  Cook, stirring occasionally over medium-high heat until pork is thoroughly cooked, adding water as needed.
  3. As soon as meat is cooked, add mushrooms, zucchini, and an additional 1 tbsp of marinade.  Cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Simmer until vegetables are soft.  Watch carefully to be sure that the liquid doesn’t cook out-add water if needed.

We have also made this without the zucchini and with chicken instead of pork.  So…portions.  I use a food scale to get ours exactly right.  In order to do so, I have to separate the meat from the veggies and then stir them back together on our plates. 

3 oz of pork=1 protein

1 cup of veggies=1 veg

If you eat approximately half of the prepared food, it’s 1 condiment (2 tbsp=1 condiment)

Normally we don’t make it all the way to dinner without eating our carb, but if you do, this is good over whole grain rice!