Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 1

so the hubby has said that we need some "new meal" ideas so i decided to check out the internet and see what i could find...boy was it a SUCCESS! i found myself 16 weeks worth of dinner meals, can you believe that?! that's 112 different meals! anyways, i started with something that i had never cooked before and honestly was a little nervous but it turned out so good! i did not make the sweet potatoes, instead i made a chicken pasta, but still included it below =)

Pork Chops with Apples Ingredients:
4 bone-in pork loin chops (¾ inch thick and 7 ounces each)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 large green apple, cut into thin wedges
1 large red apple, cut into thin wedges
2 Tablespoons honey mustard
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil on each side.
2. Season with salt and pepper; remove and keep warm.
3. In the same skillet, sauté onions and apple wedges until crisp-tender.
4. Combine mustard and brown sugar; brush over chops.
5. Return to the skillet; cook for 4 minutes or until meat juices run clear.

Candied Sweet Potatoes Ingredients:
1 can (40 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
2 cups miniature marshmallows (optional topping)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the sweet potato pieces into a lightly buttered 2 quart baking dish.
2. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour evenly over the sweet potatoes.
3. Bake 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
4. If you are using the miniature marshmallows as topping, remove the casserole from oven and stir gently to coat potatoes in syrup; then top with the marshmallows.
5. Bake, uncovered, additional 7 to 10 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden brown.

this is the apples and onion mixture frying in the pan AFTER i browned the pork loin. if there isn't enough left over onion add just a little bit but the flavor from frying the meat really adds to the taste

after brushing on the mustard/brown sugar mix, fry the pork loin one more time

there ya go!!! absolutely delicious! 


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