Fit Friday - Pepper Roasted Pork and Lemon Mashed Potatoes

I know that when the new year hits, thousands of people make it a resolution to lose a certain amount of weight.  I am one of those.  My name is Cat, and I'm an addict.  (Group greets, "Hi, Cat.") But seriously, I know that it's a valid resolution and I respect those people that can complete that resolution.

I also know that Weight Watchers probably gets a ton of sign ups.  I've tried Weight Watchers, and one thing that I absolutely loved about their program is that you can eat real food.  You have to watch your portions, but you can eat.  And with their point system, it becomes simple to eat better.  So I thought a couple of recipes with Weight Watcher point values on them might be of interest on this Fit Friday.  This particular meal (if you include steamed carrots with a little salt and pepper) would give you a 10 point meal.  And it is incredibly full of flavor.  Does not taste like you are eating on a diet.

Peppered Pork Roast


1 (2 lb.) pork tenderloin roast, tied
1 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 Tbs. ground black pepper
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. With a small knife, make small incisions all over tenderloin and insert a slice of garlic into each incision.  Rub oil all over meat.  Mix together spices and rub mixture all over tenderloin.

3. Place tenderloin in 9x13 inch pan.  Roast for 10 minutes on 425 degrees.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees.  Roast for another 30 minutes or until juices run clear.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board and allow to sit for 15 minutes.  Cut into 20 slices and serve.

Serves 10, WW Points: 5

Lemon Mashed Potatoes


5 Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper


1. Put potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover potatoes by 1 inch.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Remove saucepan from heat and drain potatoes.

2. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash potatoes.  Add oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper.  Using a wooden spoon, mix until well blended.

Serves 6, WW Points: 4