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Incredibly moist baked italian ranch pork chops

This super easy pork chop recipe is marinated in ranch dressing, coated in a thick Italian bread crumb topping, and baked to crispy perfection and is bursting with delicious flavor that your family will love! My recommendation/suggestion is to serve with your favorite vegetables and salad. And don’t forget about the dessert.

Crispy, Baked Italian Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

Ranch Dressing

3 C. dry Italian Panko bread crumbs

1 package 0.6 oz dry Italian dressing mix

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

6 pork chops, bone in

Directions

1. Lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a shallow bowl, or plate, pour a layer of ranch dressing. In second bowl, combine bread crumbs, Italian dressing mix, Parmesan, and garlic powder.

2. One at a time, dip a pork chop in the ranch dressing, turning to evenly coating both sides. Next, put the pork chop into the bread crumb mixture, coating well on both sides. Place coated chops onto the prepared pan. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for forty-five minutes, or until the insides are no longer pink.

Source 4 Sons ’R’ Us

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Keto Friendly Chicken Casserole

This delicious Chicken Parmesan Casserole can be served with or without pasta. It’s super quick, healthy, and easy weeknight dinner for your whole family.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ingredients

1.5 lb. cooked chicken – diced

2 jars of marinara sauce

1 ¾ C. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ C. grated Parmesan cheese

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 C. Panko bread crumbs (if use finer bread crumbs, not flacked kind like Panco, I suggest you to use just ¾ cup or the top will be too sandy)

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoned salt-to taste

1 ½ –2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8 ½ x 8 ½ inch casserole with olive oil or cooking spray.

2. Place the chopped cooked chicken into the previously prepared baking dish and pour marinara sauce over the chicken, stir to combine. Spread shredded mozzarella cheese on top to cover the chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.

3. In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs and Italian seasoned salt. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir well. If it seems to dry and the crumbs are not evenly moistened add more olive oil and stir to combine. It depends on the texture of bread crumbs you us. Finer crumbs will seem to dry and need more oil, flacked crumbs like Panko need less oil.

4. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the cheese and bake for twenty-twenty five minutes until bread crumbs get nice golden color. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley before serving if desired. Serve with a salad or another green vegetable.

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Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Pot Roast

I made this roast for the first time, and I admit that I was slightly nervous about the outcome. But, after tossing the meat into the slow cooker and waiting for several hours. I took a bite of the meat, and I instantly fell in love with this recipe. It felt like my mouth was having a party.

Cook this incredibly easy melt in your mouth delicious pot roast. I promise you and your family will not be disappointed.

Slow Cooker Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Pot Roast

Ingredients

1 boneless beef chuck roast (Mine was about four pounds)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1 C. Water

1 C. Ketchup

1/4 C. Red wine or beef broth

1 envelope brown gravy mix

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. Garlic powder

3 Tbsp. Flour

1/4 C. Water

Directions

1. Cut the meat in half and place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Season with salt pepper. In a small bowl stir together the water, ketchup, wine or broth, gravy mix, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder; pour over the meat.

2. Cover and cook on low for nine-ten hours or until the meat is tender. Combine the flour and water until smooth. Stir into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for thirty minutes or until the gravy is thickened. Remove the meat from the slow cooker. Slice and serve with the gravy.

Source Taste of Home: Church Suppers

Olive Garden copycat Capellini Pomodoro

Capellini Pomodoro 

Ingredients

1/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or about 2 pounds fresh peeled and diced tomatoes)

1/4 Tsp. black pepper

1/4 Tsp. salt (to taste)

12 oz raw angel hair pasta (capellini)

2 C. chopped basil leaves (loosely packed)

1 C. Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet or in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until tender. Add tomatoes and pepper and heat through, stirring constantly, about two to three minutes. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, cook the angel hair pasta (capellini) in salted boiling water following the package directions. Drain well.

2. Transfer the hot, drained pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss the pasta gently with tomato mixture, the fresh chopped basil, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and offer the remaining Parmesan cheese at the table.

Source The Spruce Eats

Pork Chops wrapped in Bacon

If it’s wrapped in bacon it has to be delicious! Your family will certainly enjoy this recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

4-6 Boneless or bone-in Pork Chops

8 Slices of Bacon

4 Cloves of garlic, mince

2/3 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with non stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and the garlic. In another bowl,mix the cheeses. Set the cheeses aside.

3. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Then place the chops in the previously prepared pan, being careful to leave to room between the chops.

4. Distribute garlic/sugar mix evenly over the top of each pork chop. Lay slice of two bacon diagonally on top of each pork chop; tuck each ends of bacon under each chop.

5. Bake for thirty five-forty minutes or internal temperature is 160°. Top with cheeses and bake an additional five minutes to melt cheese.

Source Peachy Mee

Pork & Rice Casserole

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was wonderful! I enjoyed spending time with my family! To start the New Year off I decided to cook this Pork Chop & Rice Casserole. It was savory and delicious! I will undoubtedly make this one again!

Pork Chop & Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

2 C. rice, uncooked (I used minute rice, but any rice will work, just adjust cooking time a bit)

3 1/2 C. water

5 Tbsp. butter, cut into 1 tbsp. slices

1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix

4-5 pork chops (boneless or bone-in work)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

1. Spread the one tablespoon of butter all over a 9 x 13 baking dish to “grease” the pan. Place rice on bottom of pan. Add in water and gently stir around. Take remaining butter slices and place on top of rice. Place the pork chops over the rice.

2. Sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix over the entire pan. Cover pan with tin foil and place pan in preheated oven, 350. Bake for about 1 hour, or until pork chops are cooked through and liquid is absorbed in rice.

3. Enjoy!!

Source The Cookin’ Chicks

Incredibly Cheesy Lasagna Rollups

Pioneer Woman Lasagna roll ups

The preparation was slightly messy, quick and easy. The lasagna rolls were very cheesy and delicious! Your whole family even your kids will love this dish!

Ingredients

20 lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 C. finely chopped mushrooms (about 3 ounces)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 C.)

3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsps)

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 30-oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 1/3 C.)

1 lb. mozzarella, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 C. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 large eggs

Directions

1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool and lay flat on a sheet of foil. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic and saute for four to five minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan, then add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s totally browned. Drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the veggie mixture. Let the mixture simmer over low heat, thirty minutes.

3. Make the cheese glue: Combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

5. Assemble the lasagna: Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan or five 6-inch disposable foil loaf pans. Spread two to three tablespoons of the ricotta filling on each lasagna noodle, then roll them up so that the cheese is on the inside of the roll.

6. Lay them sideways in the pan(s). (Four roll-ups will fit in each loaf pan, or you can fill a 9-by-13-inch pan.) Top with the remaining sauce and plenty of grated mozzarella and parmesan. If you’re making the roll-ups right away, place the pan(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for twenty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with a salad or some other vegetable. Enjoy!

Court’s Cooking Notes

FREEZE IT! Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and freeze up to 4 months. To bake, preheaet the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the foil-covered pan 1 1/2 hours (if using loaf pans, place on a baking sheet before baking); remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

Chops, Taters, and gravy

If you love pork chops, potatoes in gravy then you are going to enjoy this savory dish! Oh and you only need a salad to complete this meal.”

Creamy Pork Chops and Potatoes

Ingredients

6-8 pork loin chops (boneless or bone-in)

6 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced

2 10 oz. cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

3/4 C. water

1 package Lipton onion soup base

1/4 tsp.pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

French’s fried onions, optional

Directions

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place sliced potatoes in the bottom and set the pork chops evenly spaced on top of them.

2. In a large bowl combine together the soup, milk, water, onion soup, and salt and pepper. Pour over the pork chops and potatoes. Sprinkle a few handfuls of the French’s Fried Onions over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for 2- 2 1/2 hours. ***, REMOVE foil the last 1/2 hour to allow browning.

Source Joy in the kitchen

Court’s Cooking Notes

If your oven cooks low, increase your temperature by 25 degrees…  you can purchase an oven thermometer at most stores to check to see if your oven heat is measuring correctly.)

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