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Daily Archives: 08/30/2016

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Last night I was planning on blogging, but I chose not to because my brain went totally blank. So I decided to write this morning after my walk as I love walking in the mornings for exercise. It’s very relaxing, fun and it helps me to brainstorm with what I want to say for new blog posts. Today I walked two miles, and it took me about an hour. I felt so good afterward lol. 

Now onto the cooking section

I am an enormous fan of sauces/glazes. Whenever I find a recipe that includes a sauce I instantly know that I have to prepare the dish. This Baked pork chops and apple recipe is no different because it to includes a flavorful glaze.

Do you like to workout? If you said yes, do you prefer inside or outside? Are you a sauce fan?

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

Two apples, peeled and sliced
Four boneless pork chops
salt and pepper
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg or ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.

Layer apples in the bottom of the previously prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Trim fat from pork chops. Layer on top of apple slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a small pot over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring continually. Pour sauce over the pork chops and apples. Bake uncovered for thirty-five – forty minutes.

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Describing cooking in 1 word is difficult

For me cooking is therapeutic, relaxing, fun and much more! I love it how I can walk into the kitchen, start preparing dinner and automatically go into an entirely different world lol. It too has been an incredible learning experience. Here’s what I have learned so far and still currently improving on; being extra patient with myself when I make mistakes, try not to get discouraged when things don’t go my way, experimenting and substituting with certain ingredients that go with the appropriate recipe(s).

Here are a few examples of my experience with substituting, last week when I was cooking sloppy joes, I saw we had no tomato sauce and did a web search to see what could replace it and quickly learned that I could use tomato paste and add one cup of water. Last night when I was cooking pork chops, I discovered that we had no nutmeg and looked on google for a substitute and read that it can be replaced with ginger.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love foil packed dinners. They are so easy to prepare, clean-up is a breeze and last but definitely not least they are so very GOOD! 

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
24 oz broccoli florets
*16 oz baby potatoes, halved
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Arrange broccoli and potatoes into four equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.

Fold up all four sides of each foil packet. Spoon the garlic mixture over the broccoli and potatoes. Fold the sides of the foil over the vegetables, covering completely and sealing the packets closed. Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking dish. Put it into the oven and bake until tender, approximately thirty-forty five minutes.*Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

*24 ounces broccoli florets is equal to about 5 cups.

*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potatoes.

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