Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

My mom HATES any kind of fruit pared with meat, so growing up, the thought always disgusted me as well.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be more intrigued by the combination and have set out to try some savory dishes that incorporate fruit as well.  I bookmarked this recipe awhile ago knowing the husband would probably love it, and I finally got around to making it, thanks to the dried cherries I had leftover from my planned Christmas baking that never happened. 

If I didn’t enjoy the meat/fruit combo before, I certainly do now!  This was phenomenal – quick, easy, and very tasty.  I had it on the table in about 15 minutes.  Absolute perfection.  The only change I made was using lean pork chops instead of the pork tenderloin because that’s what I had on hand.

Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

4 boneless pork chops, trimmed of all visible fat
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup dried tart cherries

Season the pork  chops with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over a medium-high heat and cook the meat until there is just a slight blush in the center about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a plate and tent with foil.

Add the remaining teaspoon of oil and the shallots to the pan and saute until they begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the cherries and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the sauce over the pork chops and serve.

Source:  Ellie Krieger via Food Network’s Website

Garlic Marinated Pork Chops – AKA “Robot Steak”

So, you’re wondering what in the world these pork chops have to do with “robot steak”, right?  Here’s the short story.  The toddler man was watching a Sesame Street episode that involved robots, and he spent the better part of the day I made these pretending he was a robot.  ALL.DAY.LONG.  It’s cute for about the first 10 minutes, then it gets mindnumbingly annoying.  But we never thought the day would come when robots were allowed in our home, so I roll with it.  Anyway, as I was putting these under the broiler, he exclaimed very excitedly, “Robot Joe is VERY excited for robot steak!”.  Hilarious.

Now, the reason all of this robot stuff is quite amusing is that he used to be TERRIFIED of robots.  Starting at about 18 months old, he would screech in terror every.single.time he saw a robot, especially the ones on Sesame Street.  We started recording all of the episodes and previewing them (on fast forward) after he would go to bed to make sure there were no robot episodes anywhere ever.  This lasted until about 4 months ago when he exclaimed that he now loved robots.  To the point that he has requested a robot party for his 4th birthday in June.  I’m still befuddled about this, but we’re planning a robot party for June.

By the way, these pork chops were insanely easy, and insanely good.  I like that combination.  A little bit of spicy, but still very kid friendly.  Don’t skimp on the salt either…I forgot to add it, and they would have been much, much better with it.

Garlic Marinated Pork Chops – AKA “Robot Steak”

4 (6 oz each) lean boneless pork chop
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 lime, juice of
lime zest
salt and fresh pepper

Trim any fat off pork. In a large bowl season pork with garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Squeeze lime juice and some zest from the lime and let it marinade at least 20 minutes.

Line broiler pan with foil for easy clean up. Place pork chops on the broiler pan and broil about 4-5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.

Source:  Skinnytaste

 

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken

 

I know I’ve mentioned this before many times, but right now, I’m in quick and simple mode when it comes to cooking dinner.  The boys monopolize just about every spare second of my day, so anything I can get on the table quickly while still tasting delicious is a winner in my book.  This recipe fits the bill.  It literally took me about 3 minutes to get everything ready and in the crockpot.  When the husband was done working at 6:00, we had a delicious and healthy dinner on the table with very little effort.  In need of a recipe with those criteria, check this one out!  Plus, the chicken and pineapple are smiling at you…it’s a happy dinner 🙂

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices, juice reserved
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice from one lemon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Place chicken in slow cooker sprayed with non-stick spray. Place pineapple slices over chicken. In a small bowl, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger and cornstarch and stir until combined. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Serve over rice.

Source:  So Tasty, So Yummy