Category Archives: pork

Tex-Mex Pork Chops

Tonight for dinner we made Tex-Mex Pork Chops.

I am always a little hesitant before making the pork, because it’s really touch and go on whether or not I’ll like it. I’m always that way with pork… but I continue to find recipes that feature the meat as the main ingredient.

Will I ever learn?

In this dish, the pork was sauteed in some EVOO and I sprinkled them with salt and pepper before putting them in the pan. After about 3 minutes on each side, I added them to the salsa mixture and simmered it all for about 10 minutes.

The result was tender pork, spicy salsa and a touch of cheddar cheese on the plate for some added texture.

I paired this with a HUGE salad because I was kind of bad with my carbs today.

I tried to make up by having a leafy salad with a lot of veggies and then opted for water over diet Coke.

I definitely recommend this! It’s fast, easy and healthy… what’s not to love!?

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

(This is a terrible picture.)

The hubs and I didn’t eat until about 7 pm, so all I could allot for in terms of time was to take a quick picture with my phone before I shoved the food in my mouth.

The pork chops were so tender and moist, I loved them. We marinated them for about, oh, 2 days…?.. so they were pretty mustard-y. But I thought they were good regardless.

I also had some steamed broccoli with pepper and garlic lemon seasoning. And grapes – my new favorite dessert. Yum!

WEIGHT WATCHERS HONEY MUSTARD PORK CHOPS
4 tsp honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 (5-ounce) bone-in pork chops, about 1 inch thick

1. To make marinade , stir together all ingredients  except pork in a bowl.

2. Transfer marinade to a gallon ziploc bag; add pork. Squeeze out air and seal bag. Toss to coat the meat. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours or overnight.

3. Spray boiler rack with nonstick spray. Preheat boiler.

4. Remove chops from bag; discard marinade. Place chops on prepared broiler rack and broil 5 inches from heat until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.

Pulled Pork, Sliders and Double Chip Cookies… Oh my!

I’ve been cooking up a storm here lately! And I love it!

The hubs and I had my brother, sister-in-law and their 2 kids (read: Easter Baskets) and my younger sister over for lunch on Sunday. My sister-in-law dyed my hair, and I cooked them lunch! I didn’t take any pictures… but I made pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans for us old folk, and she made homemade KFC slaw. That was some seriously yummy stuff. For the kids I had mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, Cheese-its and Capri suns. It was a beautiful day.

I also bought some new summery plastic plates for the occasion. Aren’t they pretty?

And see the $20 bag of jelly beans in the corner? That’s for the Corn on the Cob Cupcakes I’m making this weekend.

I sneak a couple now and then because I bought banana, coconut and pineapple flavored beans. Holy cow.

Tonight, the hubs was going to play softball with some friends. To this, I laugh. See below.

I can’t find a screenshot of the temperature at 6 pm when we got home, but just believe me when I say it was 99 degrees with a heat index of 112.

Right now, it’s 11:30 pm and it’s 91 degrees outside.

So I made Ham & Cheese Sliders and we stayed INside, IN the A/C and watched the Home Run Derby.

Ah, the joys of being married.

Mmmm, Hawaiian rolls. They remind me of communion at church. I haven’t been to church in years.

Right before I stuck them in the oven.

The glaze on top was perfect. I loved these little guys.

THEN! Since I felt bad he had to miss softball with his friends (even though our friends Roadie and Carrie came over to watch the HR Derby and we love them), I decided to make cookies. I had leftover white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips from another recipe, so I threw them in together and made a delicious double chip cookie. My sister got me a silicone baking sheet for my birthday and I **FOR ONCE** didn’t burn the bottoms of the cookies! YAY ME!

Best part of the meal if you ask me! :)

Oops, I did it again…

So… you wanna know what I did?

I did something horrible…

…no, something terrible.

I should be ashamed…

…but turns out I’m not.

Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Sandwiches

It’s a disease. I’m obsessed.

I love pulled pork sandwiches. I love them.

No, really.

I LOVE THEM.

And I made pasta salad and it turns out I was sooo in the mood for pasta salad and didn’t even know it. I almost ate the whole bowl.

Pasta, heaps of light Italian dressing and fresh veggies. Sounds like my kind of salad.

Pay no attention to my chipped bowl.

It had a disastrous fall when I slipped and slammed it in the corner of my counter.

Sure, that explains one of them.

But why two?

I’m just really, really, REALLY clumsy.

Slow Cooked BBQ Pork with Mango Slaw

Slow Cooked BBQ Pork w/Mango Slaw

This recipe probably has been my 4th variation of pulled pork since I got my slow cooker in June 2010.

That is insane, right?

Well I happen to be a great big fan of pulled pork sandwiches, so I am pretty pleased with myself.

This one has been the most different of any other recipe I’ve tried because it didn’t require adding water or soda. The first one I tried was delicious and the root beer made the pork sweet…. and anything I can smother in Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce is good in my book!! The other one I tried from Pioneer Woman was also FANTASTIC, only we used a tenderloin and didn’t add the chipotle peppers, because frankly I’m a wimp. I also didn’t have an onion on hand. Please don’t ask why, because I don’t know how that happened. The Dr. Pepper and brown sugar made up for it, though. I wanted to bathe in it.

This one, though. Something about this recipe made my heart sing. I just mostly think it was the combination of the ketchup, brown sugar, and the mustard. The onions also added a good level of flavor, so I probably will REMEMBER TO HAVE ONIONS IN MY PANTRY if I ever want to make PW’s variation again.

The mango slaw was also pretty good. I put in that dang cilantro, but no matter how much I tell myself “this time you will like it,” I never do. Ever. The mango and lime combo was heavenly though. It actually made me want a Mango snocone. Right now.

It’s pretty bad when a delicious fresh fruit makes you crave a cup filled with shaved ice, TONS of sugar and mango-flavored syrup.

This is my life.

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops and Cinnamon Rice with Apples

I love spring. I love apples. I love grilling. Alright, the hubs grills… but I love eating it!

I don’t love pork.

I thought if I grilled it and smothered it in brown sugar and apples, I would like it.

Well, sure, it helped. But I still don’t particularly like pork.

The cinnamon rice with apples was really good. I loved the cinnamon and apple combo, cause really you can’t go wrong with that.

Red Beans and Rice

I was thoroughly impressed at how little amount of time this dinner took. I got home a full half an hour before the hubs did and I was basically moving at turtle speed towards the end to make sure it was still hot for him.

This was a complete winner for a couple reasons:

1) I love white rice. Everything about it. It even saves my sanity sometimes.*
2) Sausage is probably my favorite meat. Which is strange cause I hate the idea of how sausage is made, BUT if I don’t think about it, it doesn’t bother me.
3) The time. This is a perfect meal for those quick nights where dinner is either microwaving a hot dog or ordering fast food. Now I cam make this, with a side salad, and be good to go in less than 30 mins.

*- I hate Chinese food. Actually, I BLOODY DESPISE it….to be perfectly honest. But Dear Hubby loves it… so when we go to buffets, I ladle up a heaping mound of white rice, drench it in sweet and sour sauce and take 3-4 crab rangoons and then go cry in my plate that I could be eating fake Mexican food at Taco Bell right now instead of… ooh. Got off topic. But yes, this is why white rice is my saving grace.

This is definitely on my “make again” list!

I am super excited that we both liked it so much. That is hard to accomplish with us….¬† just ask him when’s the last time we ate at a Chinese buffet! ;)

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

I’ve said it before, but I will keep repeating myself until I feel completely satisfied.

I LOVE MY SLOW COOKER

Seriously, I just love it. I mean there are other appliances that have my love and adoration, but my slow cooker is just the cutest little guy ever.

Today, it cooked me a delicious spicy pork loin that I then tore to smithereens. From that, I made uber yummy pulled pork tacos.

What a friend.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

I posted the source in case you wanted to make it yourself, which I highly recommend doing. The only thing I altered was I whipped up some white rice to go with it, and a can of pinto beans.

This recipe will be GREAT when I am craving Qdoba and don’t want to go drop my paycheck on dinner. I mean seriously. I definitely miss when my hubs worked there and I got free Qdoba every day. My waistline is probably really happy that’s over. But now I have makeshift Qdoba, so my pants better watch out.

But for it to be true knockoff Qdoba, I have to find that queso recipe. Crap.

Pork Tenderloin with White Bean Salsa

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Awful, awful, awful picture. Man, I need a new camera. And/or a camera that isn’t attached to my phone. Whatever.

This was so good… and this is coming from a girl that never ever ate pork as a child. The bean salsa was a little too salsa-y, or maybe a little too cilantro-y. Either way, it was good but the salsa needs a little tweaking.

I also made red potatoes (with butter and chives), applesauce and flaky biscuits. The hubs said, “Wow, is this a grown up meal or something!” I do what I can.

Polish Sausage – my childhood favorite

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Well, I didn’t go off of the recipe that I had planned, because mid shopping I decided to just make my mom’s Polish sausage instead. It took me back to my childhood, that’s for sure! Sauerkraut has a distinct smell (my husband would call it “gross” but what does he know, really) and suddenly, I was transported back to being a kid and setting the table for my favorite dinner. We had Polish sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes, applesauce and green beans at LEAST once a week. Sometimes more because, as I discovered tonight, it is so easy and fast to prepare. Joey didn’t partake in the sauerkraut, but he loved the sausage. This is definitely an after-work dinner when we are too a) tired, b) lazy and c) starving to cook anything more involved.

This was for you, Mom!