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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

I enjoy anything with balsamic vinegar. Food covered with a thick, delicious layer of balsamic reduction is my kind of food. Whenever I taste food that is coated with balsamic my, taste buds can’t help it but go crazy over this stuff. I love the sweet and tanginess to it. Mmm…mmm..It’s just so so good!

Last night I was doing what we all strive to do and work best toward, and that’s multitasking. Here’s what I did; watched Netflix and cooked this tasty One-Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables. Ha, I’m pleased to say that it was a success and I did a great job!

This recipe is easy, ready in fifteen minutes, healthy, and made in one pan, and your hungry stomach asks for in seconds. Not to mention veggies. The chicken is juicy and tender while the vegetables are perfectly crisp-tender. I used broccoli and sugar snap peas, but you could try zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, or your favorites. Everything is coated with a tangy yet mildly sweet balsamic glaze. It’s perfectly thick and clings to the chicken and seeps into the cracks of the broccoli.

Omgoodness crazy it’s good! I want to drizzle balsamic on everything lol.

 

One-Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Ingredients:

1/3 C balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsps honey
1 Tbsp light brown sugar packed
1 Tbsp olive oil for sauce + 2 Tbsp for cooking chicken
2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (approximately 1 pound), pounded thin and cut in half
2 C broccoli florets
1 1/2 C sugar snap peas (peapods may be substituted)
2 to 4 Tbsp water, optional and if needed
Directions:

1. Combine in a medium bowl the balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, olive oil, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and stir well; set the sauce aside. In a large skillet, add the two tablespoons of olive oil, add the chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat for approximately five minutes or until chicken is nearly seventy-five percent cooked through.

2. Flip chicken halfway through cooking. Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. I cut the chicken breasts in half (or use a meat mallet to pound them thin) as they will cook quicker. Combine the sauce, seeing that it may bubble up in the first few seconds.

3. Next, add the vegetables, evenly sprinkled over the skillet, some will be on top of the chicken. If required add two to four tablespoons of water to help the vegetable steam. Adding water will vary based on the amount of natural juices the chicken released while cooking. Cover skillet and allow vegetables to cook for about three to five minutes, or until crisp-tender and chicken is cooked through.

4. Stir to coat vegetables with sauce evenly. Taste sauce, correct for seasoning balance, making any required corrections before serving (more salt, pepper, touch of honey or balsamic vinegar, etc.) Will keep airtight in the fridge for up to four days. Serve cold or reheat gently before serving if desired.

Source Averie cooks

 

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Pork Chops & A Fancy Vinaigrette

Pork Chops With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Ingredients

4 bone-in pork chops
1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
1/4 C fresh orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper
Instructions

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Season the pork chops to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on the preheated grill and cook for four to five minutes per side. Let rest for two to three minutes. Serve the pork with a drizzle of lemon-cilantro vinaigrette.

 

Side Dish  Green bean & Cherry tomato medley

 

Source  Paleo Leap

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Coming up this week on cooking with Court 😊

One-Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Crockpot Peach Glazed Pork Chops

SHEET PAN CITRUS SALMON & ASPARAGUS

Slowly Cooked Sausage with veggies

I just love the idea of one pan/pot dinners. They require little preparation, most of them are ready less than thirty-five minutes and clean up is a breeze. I confess I can get pretty spoiled. As some of you already know, I usually come across these dinners on Pinterest. Whenever I do find one of these superb dinners on my go-to site, I immediately get motivated to want to cook the dish. 

Therefore, I’ve had this one Pot Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes Recipe in my ginormous cookbook that I found on Pinterest a long time ago. I too have been wanting to cook it for awhile, but I just couldn’t find the perfect timing until I finally had the opportunity to prepare it earlier this week. The food prep and clean up for it is about the same, just like with the other one-pot suppers that I have cooked this year.

However, I must say that the actual cooking time for this recipe requires at least four-six hours for it to be fully cooked because everything is being cooked in the crockpot. I know that sounds awful especially when supper time rolls around and you are super hungry. But I honestly can say that is one of the biggest perks about this dish cause for one your slow cooker will make everything taste amazing and two you don’t have to babysit your food while it’s cooking.

I promise you and your family are going to enjoy this Crock Pot Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes recipe. Here’s why: you seriously only have to do a little bit of preparation, it has good for you ingredients and last, but definitely not least it’s incredibly tasty!

Where do you usually get your recipes from? Do you prefer cookbooks or online?

Crockpot Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

2 pkg of traditional rope turkey sausage, cut into half inch slices (I used venison and pork sausage) 

6-8 Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

3-4 cans of green beans
1 small onion, chopped

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes optional

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Use a four or six-quart crockpot insert and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Place your potatoes into the bottom of your crock pot. Place the onion on top and combine the sausage and green beans. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and red pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for six-eight hours. Yummoelicious! 

Source Recipes that crock

I mentioned last week in my Cook. Eat. Sleep. Dream. Repeat. post that I would make this excellent Crockpot Taco Soup today, but other arrangements were made, plus we still have plenty of leftovers from last night’s meal. Oh well. Maybe I will make it next week. 🙂 However, I still intend on cooking this savory and really creamy Crockpot Chicken Rice soup on Saturday.

Also, within the past few years, it has been hot in Texas, both on Christmas eve and day and, Unfortunately, it’s going to get hot once again. But that’s totally cool with me because I chose to make the best of it and have a great attitude in regards to the crazy weather and make Vietnamese Iced Coffee on Christmas Eve. I am very excited!

Lip-Smacking Pork Chops

Now that the holidays are in full swing, I think it’s necessary to have a great arsenal of fantastic meals that you can get on the table extremely fast and with minimal work. After all, with all the meal prep, menus, or travel plans that come with the holidays and family, who wants to spend several hours cooking a dinner? Not me!

I am confident that you don’t want to waste numerous of hours cooking either; therefore I want to share with you, my newest favorite dish Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops. They were reasonably easy to prepare and incredibly tasty. I mean no seriously after trying my first one I quickly had another one of these delicious and not to mention melt in your mouth pork chops.

Tender, moist, glazed pork chops are seared and coated in a lip-smacking maple balsamic vinegar sauce. They are ready to eat less than thirty minutes, which makes them excellent for a fast weeknight dinner or a party!

 What are some of your favorite pork chop recipes? What is your most-liked dish to serve at parties?

Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

PORK CHOPS:
Four boneless or bone-in pork chops, rinsed and pat dry
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

MAPLE BALSAMIC GLAZE:
1/4 C maple syrup
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp beef broth
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

Directions

MAKE THE GLAZE:

In a small saucepan, mix all glaze ingredients. Heat over MED heat until it reaches a low boil. Cook until sauce reduces down, about three minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

COOK THE PORK CHOPS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and place a medium/large cast iron skillet into your oven.

1. Coat your pork chops with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Remove the skillet from the oven and place on the burner over MED-HIGH heat. Place chops in the skillet, you should hear them sizzle immediately. Let cook two-three minutes to sear. Use a basting brush and cover pork with the glaze.

2. Flip pork chops over, brush the other side with the glaze and transfer skillet back to the hot oven. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees F (approximately five-eight minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork chops). Transfer the pork chops to a plate, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let stand for five minutes. Serve pork chops with a little bit of the glaze drizzled over the top if desired.

 

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Source the chunky chef

 Tonight’s side dish was: Broccoli can taste delicious

Here are some of my other favorite pork chop recipes

Pure comfort food at it’s best

The Cookbook Museum

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pure comfort food at it’s best

I enjoy cooking pork chops. I do admit they sometimes can be challenging to prepare, though. It seems like every time I cook them they either are always undercooked or overdone.  Yes, of course, I seldom do get discouraged and frustrated as many of us cooks, and food bloggers do. However, I am extremely determined not to give up and just keep on practicing until I get my chops 100% perfect.

My least preferred of how to cook pork chops is on the stovetop, as I have a somewhat of a love-hate relationship with frying almost anything. Why you might ask??? because I can’t stand the splatter, it makes such a huge mess. And the fact I have to babysit the stovetop. I mean really. I don’t have time for that!

I can tell you for sure, though, baked pork chops turn out just as delicious and WAY juicier – if you haven’t cooked pork chops that way, you simply have to! Of course, pork chops drenched in ranch dressing, Italian bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese pretty much proves a winner dinner!

Super juicy, baked pork chops coated with ranch dressing, Italian bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. A fast & easy comfort-food dinner!

Breaded Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

6 bone-in pork chops, rinsed and pat dry
2/3 cup ranch dressing
1 cup Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

Pour ranch dressing into a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan in another shallow bowl. Dredge each chop in ranch dressing, then in bread crumb mixture, and then into the bottom of the previously prepared greased baking dish (Be sure to give them room around each chop to cook evenly). Bake them for twenty-five- forty minutes or until internal temperature reads 145 degrees. Leave to sit for five minutes before serving.

Source Mostly Homemade Mom

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What is your favorite recipe using bread crumbs? Share it with me in the comments below!

A southern girl & food blogger

As many of you know, I live in the vast and exciting city of Houston located in the heart of Texas. There are numerous of things I like and don’t like about life in the city. I love it that there are a lot of fun things to do here, so many that I can’t share all with you today because it would take forever. However, I will tell you my three most favorite attractions, they are watching the Houston Astros baseball team, checking out the variety of museums and shopping at The Galleria Mall.

What I dislike most about living in H-town is the crazy weather, especially when wintertime arrives, close to the Christmas season, because it never snows here. If we are fortunate, maybe every ten years! Although it can get chilly here, it only stays around for a few days and then it will get hot. If you ever have lived in Houston, then you understand what I’m talking about.

Now on to the recipe

Last Thursday I made Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta, and I still had a quite bit of butternut squash cubes leftover. So on Sunday afternoon since it was a chilly, rainy and lazy day I decided to get creative in using the remaining of the squash and made my own recipe. The butternut squash is roasted in a garlic butter and honey glaze. It was delish! This recipe would make a great side dish to go along with your family’s weeknight dinner.

Garlic Butter Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb butternut squash, peeled and roughly cubed and or you can purchase the cubes in packages at a grocery store
2 Tbsps melted butter, salted or unsalted
3 dashes ground black pepper if desired
2 tsp finely chopped parsley leaves
2 Tbsps honey

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Set aside

Combine the butternut squash cubes, the melted butter, black pepper, parsley, and honey in a big bowl, then spread out the squash in a single even layer onto the previously prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30-45 minutes, or until the squash is fork-tender and lightly browned. Serve with chicken or pork chops.

Created By: Courtney Kennedy

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One pan + the chef (You) + five ingredients = a tasty meal

Ha, I know this is a bit off subject, but I was intending on making a Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots recipe as last night’s side dish but didn’t get to because I completely forgot to purchase one bunch of full size/large carrots and did not feel like making another a run to the store haha! However, thankfully there were some leftovers from my late Sunday afternoon snack (Brown Butter Garlic Honey Roasted Carrots) so then I decided to reheat that in the microwave and used it as a replacement. And yes, of course, I still plan on making the Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrot recipe.

Finally onto today’s original subject

You only need one pan, five ingredients and approximately twenty minutes for these easy cider dijon pork chops. It’s a simple weeknight dinner that your whole family will enjoy!

CIDER DIJON PORK CHOPS

INGREDIENTS

Four small boneless pork chops (about 1.3 lbs. total)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ C apple cider
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
⅓ heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional Topping: fresh rosemary

Let’s get cooking! 😀

Directions

1. Season your pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat approximately two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for one-two minutes. Swirl to coat the pan. Combine the garlic and cook, constantly stirring, for about one more minute. Place chops into the skillet and cook for five-ten minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

2. Remove chops onto a plate and set aside. Pour cider into the pan and scrape up the bits as you stir. Let the cider simmer for about one minute, then combine the mustard and stir in the cream. Cook the sauce for about two-three minutes, then pour over the chops and serve. Garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired.

Source The seasoned mom

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Garlic Herb Roasted Salmon

I know that this might sound nuts but I find cooking two recipes all at once quite entertaining. Therefore, last night I successfully cooked two recipes for the third time. For me cooking them went pretty smooth and very easy. How was it so simple, you might ask??? Well, for one I made sure I took out all of the ingredients I needed for the dishes. Two, they had to be cooked in the oven at the same temperature of 400 degrees and last but not least the cooking times are pretty close to each other.

The side dish was: Cheesy Baked Asparagus 

And to go with it was this delicious Garlic Herb Roasted Salmon – Let me just tell you all it’s the best-roasted salmon recipe ever! Made with butter, garlic, herb, lemon, and dinner is ready in less than 20 minutes.

Garlic Herb Roasted Salmon

Ingredients:

12 oz salmon fillet, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp. Melted butter unsalted
Three cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Tbsp. Chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper optional
2 tsp. Lemon juice
1/8 tsp Black pepper
Lemon wedges

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil and or parchment paper. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Rinse and pat dry salmon. Set both aside.

1. Next, in a small bowl mix together the melted butter, garlic, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper (if using), lemon juice and black pepper.

2. Place the salmon on the previously prepared baking sheet. Spoon the garlic herb mixture onto the salmon, coat well on the top and sides of the salmon and place the lemon wedges around the fish. Bake for twelve minutes. Serve immediately.

 

Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia

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Country Style Pork chops

If I could live anywhere else besides the suburbs, I definitely would choose to live in the country. Why you might ask??? Because of a few reasons; 1. I love horses and want to own a few someday along with some cows. 2. I want to have a piece of land and live on a ranch with my future cowboy. 3. It’s beautiful and usually peaceful. However, considering I do not live in the country I strive to do my best to find alternatives to help me daydream about these luxuries to satisfy my wanting to live on a farm.

One of my favorite things to choose from to assist me with fantasizing about living on a ranch is food country-style. I too enjoy eating pork chops. A few days ago, I found this recipe that looks so superb that it got me super excited to try these chops and I did!

They tasted absolutely amazing, I literally felt like I was in the country. For those of you who are like me, and do not living on a farm but wish you could then may I kindly suggest trying these bad boys. I’m certain this dish will make you feel like you’re living on one.

Country Style Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

Four bone-in pork chops
½ C ketchup
¼ C brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Four large onion slices
½ C. cold water

Let’s get cooking!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. Season each pork chop with salt and pepper. Set-aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup, and water. Mix it up really well. Place pork chops into the previously prepared baking dish and cover with them with the mixture. Add onion slices to the top of each pork chop.

3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for forty five-sixty minutes. Use a basting brush to season pork chops halfway through cooking.

4. Yummy! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Country Recipe Book

Cooking tips: If you are cooking thinner chops then bake them for about 40 minutes.

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Thank you guys for reading! 🙂

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Do you ever want to become a tycoon? Not exactly the right one. But, at least you can feel like a millionaire. Well, this ”rich” pasta deserves to carry boastfully that title and will quickly assist you with that. I believe I should start each post about pasta with the same sentence: “I love to eat pasta”. A lot! When I was cooking, this pasta it felt like I was dressing it in an elegant suit as if I had MILLION DOLLARS in my pocket. No, I’m not saying this spaghetti costs a million dollars to make! It’s just so good that it tastes like a million bucks!

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Ingredients

1 Tbsp of salt
1 (16 oz) package spaghetti noodles Barilla
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 (16 oz) jar spaghetti sauce Prego
1/2 C. butter, sliced – divided
1 C. cottage cheese
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened Philadelphia
1/4 C. sour cream Daisy
1 (8 oz) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9×13-inch casserole dish with parchment paper or foil and set aside.

1. While the oven is preheating, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water, occasionally stirring until “al dente” (cooked through but firm to the bite), approximately twelve minutes. Drain.

2. Add a few drops of olive oil to your skillet then place ground beef into the pan. Next, turn on the stove to medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until brown and crumbly, five to seven minutes, drain and discard grease.

3. In a large bowl, combine spaghetti sauce, pasta, and ground beef and stir well. In another bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese until well blended. Place half the slices of butter into the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Spread half the spaghetti into the baking dish.

4. Top spaghetti with creamy mixture. Layer remaining spaghetti over smooth mixture. Top with remaining pats of butter. Pour ground beef mixture over spaghetti and spread to cover casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for thirty minutes. Spread Cheddar cheese over pasta and continue baking until cheese has melted and is lightly brown about for fifteen more minutes.

5. Enjoy! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Sugar Apron

Cooking tips: Before you pour the spaghetti noodles into the boiling water cut them into halves so that you don’t make a big mess.I sometimes will set two separate timers whenever I bake something. I especially do this when I’m not in the kitchen or near the oven.

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God laid it on my heart to share with you today being bold and courageous does not only apply to cooking, but it applies to our daily lives too. You might ask how do you know He wanted me to share that with you?

Since I’m a Christian, I can hear Him speak to me. Even though He’s invisible, I know he’s there. This is a great way to live! Sound interesting? I’d love to talk to you anytime.

I understand all of you either have had or are still currently experiencing nervous scary moments of doing something or opening up about a certain subject. I also know how frustrating it can get sometimes. I, myself, have had several experiences in my past when I would get so terrified of talking about certain things or being fearful of doing something! I admit I still get fearful and worry about numerous of things just like you do. However, whenever I do sense fearfulness or something bothers me, I always go to God for help and pray about it.

For example, one of the big concerns I’ve had for a long time is opening up about Cerebral Palsy to certain individuals because I worry about what they might think of me and how they will treat me. However, whenever I do start to worry about people’s opinions of me I often say one of my favorite verses inside my head ”Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14.” I love it because it always helps my worries go away, and gradually I have learned not to worry about what others think of me.

I do not know what you’re going through right now, but I need to let you know that God does care about you and your trials. I also wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you. 🙂 🙂 My prayers for this blog are not only to help you improve your confidence to cook, but I also hope and pray that my blog will make a difference in your life.

Thank you so very much for reading my extremely long post. Have a great night and I hope you have a great weekend!

  Coming up next week:

Lemon, chicken, and potatoes baked in foil

Crockpot Chicken Garlic Parmesan

Country Style Pork chops