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Cooking is more than just a hobby

I have found that cooking is very therapeutic for me in many different ways. For instance cooking makes a great exercise for the muscles in my right arm. They are not as strong as the ones in my left. One of the challenges I face is holding certain vegetables with my right hand while I use my left to hold the knife to cut or slice it. For me the process sometimes can be very slow and frustrating. But whenever I do get frustrated I am constantly reminded that I am doing it for God’s Glory.

The other night I prepared these delicious Chicken Ranch Fajitas. They have chunks of chicken, onion, and sliced peppers cook in one pan on the stove top. Mix in some flavorful spices and ranch dressing for the best 30-minute meal. These fajitas are excellent for a busy weeknight.

Skillet Chicken Ranch Fajitas

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped or sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced thin
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized chunks
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper optional
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp ranch dressing

Instructions

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced bell peppers and onions. Let cook, stirring every couple of minutes, for approximately five-eight minutes until softened.

2. While peppers/onion are cooking, combine the cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, (If using) chili powder, and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle over the chunked chicken. Using both hands mix until all chicken is coated.

3. Move peppers and onion to one-half of the skillet. Add the chicken to the other half. Let cook for approximately ten-twelve minutes, turning chicken, until chicken is cooked through. Stir the pepper mixture a few times so it does not burn. Mix the chicken, peppers, and onions together in the skillet.

4. Add the ranch dressing. Stir to combine. Serve with choice of tortilla, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole or avocado. You could also serve with additional ranch dressing to drizzle over the fajita.

Source Together As Family

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Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Mushrooms

I told you in one of my blog posts that I would challenge myself to love and include mushrooms in some of my recipes more often. Since starting this hurdle I only had them once with asparagus. The first time I tried them I thought they tasted okay. But then the other night I had another experience of eating them as I made this Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Mushrooms. I believe that this latest go around helped me appreciate them a little bit more.

I realize that mushrooms are not everyone’s favorite but I believe that if you eat certain things you don’t like at least five times then you soon will like it.

Anyone up for some juicy pork chops with mushrooms dripping with a honey glaze? This hurdle meal is on the table less than 30 minutes making it an excellent weeknight dish!

Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Mushrooms

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
4 boneless or bone-in pork chops
½ C white wine or white wine vinegar
½ C honey
¼ C Dijon mustard
⅓ C chicken broth (or water)
Salt and pepper
Finely chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

1. Place the butter and oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted and the oil is hot, combine the mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook for three minutes or until golden, then transfer to a medium bowl.

2. If the skillet is looking dry, add a tablespoon of oil and return to the stove. Season pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Place in the skillet and cook for three minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked to your taste. Transfer pork chops to a plate and cover loosely with foil.

3. Carefully pour white wine into the skillet – it will sizzle. Cook for one minute, scraping the bottom of the skillet, or until you can no longer smell alcohol. Add remaining ingredients and mix (mustard will dissolve better once it comes to heat but use a whisk if necessary).

4. Cook for two minutes or until it reduces and becomes like a thin syrup. Return mushrooms to the sauce. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, if it’s too sweet for your taste, add a small touch of cider vinegar. Serve pork, topped with the honey glaze and mushrooms, garnished with parsley if desired.

Court’s Cooking Notes This recipe wonderfully made with chicken breast. Cut in half horizontally and follow the recipe.

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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

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