Herb-Roasted Pork Chops

One of the best cooks I ever dated was D. His parents owned a restaurant and he taught me a lot about seasoning. Pork chops were his favorite food. He used to put flour, seasoning salt, garlic, and black pepper in a plastic store bag and coat the pork chops. The other day, I decided to do something a little different with my pork chops and ran across this diabetic friendly recipe. I hope you enjoy this refreshing pork recipe. It reminded me a little of my Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin recipe – minus the bacon. I think it would taste great with a scampi pasta side dish.

Lemon Herb Pork ChopHerb-Roasted Pork Chop by Mr. Food
3 T.  lemon juice
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 pork chops

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Mix tops in another bowl, placing meat inside, and coating both sides. Place in baking dish and cook for 20 minutes. Serves four.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving: 177 calories (64 calories from fat), 7 g. fat (3 g. saturated fat), 71 mg. cholesterol, 58 mg. sodium, 2 g. carbs, 0 g. fiber, 1 g. sugar, and 25 g. protein.

Notes:

  • I used a boneless pork loin chop.
  • I used chopped garlic in a jar.

Thin Mint Chex Mix

I love Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. I usually buy three boxes when they are one sale. Frozen Thin Mints with cold milk is such a refreshing treat anytime of the year. I also like to find recipes where I can incorporate these sweet treats. This one came from Pinterest. If you didn’t stock pile for the year like I did, you can also substitute Keebler’s version available throughout the year in your grocer’s cracker/cookie aisle.

Mint Chex MixThin Mint Chex Mix from Pinterest

Chocolate Thin Mint Chex
5 c. Rice Chex cereal
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
12 Thin Mint cookies, finely crushed
1/4 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 1/2 minute on high, then stir every 20-30 seconds until melted. Coat Chex, add cookies and stir. Add powder sugar and stir again.

White Chocolate Chex
5 c. Rice Chex
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips or almond bark (add green dye if desired)
3/4 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate and add green dye. Coat cereal and stir. Add powdered sugar and stir.

Mix both cereals together and let cool before serving.

Crockpot BBQ

Living in Kansas City, I think it is a requirement to eat BBQ. The funny thing about Kansas Citians is that everyone has their favorite barbeque restaurant – and you won’t always get the same answer. My personal favorite Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. But I’m very lucky to live less than a mile from Zarda’s BBQ so I can enjoy the smell of barbecue almost any day I decide to go for a walk. And this weekend, I also can enjoy smells from the Lenexa BBQ Cook-off just down the street.

I ran across this recipe using Sweet Rays BBQ Sauce on Facebook a few weeks ago. I had two chicken breasts thawing in my fridge so I decided to give it a try after work one day. I cut them in half and they cooked up in about 2 1/2 hrs on low. It is very juicy and full of flavor. Sweet sauce with just a bit of a kick.

Crock Pot BBQ ChickenCrock Pot BBQ Chicken
4-6 chicken breast
1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like KC Masterpiece)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. vinegar (your choice)
I tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Place pieces of chicken in a crock pot. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels

One of my favorite recipes is for Canyon Chicken. This appetizer recipe reminded me of it. Super easy and very tasty.

Bacon-Cheese PinwheelsBacon-Cheddar Pinwheels by Pillsbury
1 can of Pillsbury refrigerated seamless crescent rolls
2 T. ranch dressing
1/4 c. crisp bacon
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 c. green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out crescent rolls and brush with ranch dressing. Mix onions, cheese, and bacon together. Spread over crescent. Cut into four rectangles and roll length wise. Slice each into four pieces. Place on cookie sheet standing up. Bake for 12-17 minutes.

Nutrition Info: (16 servings, facts per serving) 80 calories (50 calories from fat), 6 g. fat (2 g. saturated fat,  1 g. trans. fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 180 mg. sodium, 6 g. carbs, 0 g. fiber, 1 g. sugar, and 2 g. protein.

Notes:

  • I used fat free ranch and reduced fat cheese.
  • I think you could easily substitute parsley for green onions.
  • You could also use pre-cooked bacon or veggie bacon to save some fat/calories.
  • Reduced fat crescent rolls are another great way to reduce fat and calories.

Monkey Tail

As a kid, I didn’t really eat a lot of sweet treats. My sister was allergic to chocolate so that meant I never got to eat chocolate candy bars. Occasionally, we might go to the Dairy Keen (yes, you read that right) to get a soft serve ice cream cone. But once in a blue moon, we might go to Goodrich Dairy in Norfolk. Goodrich locations are homemade ice cream, treats, and malts/shakes stores throughout Nebraska. I loved a Goodrich Malt. In fact, I still enjoy stopping for this treat on a warm Spring/Summer day driving through Lincoln on my way back to Kansas City.

I will never forget a trip to Goodrich as a pre-teen. My mother, sister, sister’s friend Jeanna, and I stopped at the Goodrich store in Norfolk to get some ice cream. A child we didn’t know kept screaming “I want a Monkey Tail.” In case you aren’t familiar with this cold treat, it is a frozen banana covered in chocolate. I don’t entirely understand why this child wanted that over homemade ice cream but I will never forget those tears streaming down their face in disappoint as they left without their monkey tail. I’m sure their parents where just mortified.

As I ran across this recipe on Pinterest, it made with think of that Goodrich experience. This super easy refreshing treat is perfect for your next summer barbeque.

Frozen Fruit SkewersFruit Skewers on Pinterest
4 bananas, sliced
2 T. orange juice
green and red seedless grapes
chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Mix sliced bananas with orange juice. Thread skewers alternating grapes and bananas. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and follow with 20 second intervals until completely melted. Scoop melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and seal. Snip corner and drizzle over skewers. Place in freezer for 2 hours. Defrost for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I used a frozen banana to make my skewers. If you do that, I would use half the amount of orange juice. They can be very slippery.
  • I only had red grapes. It worked just fine.
  • Blueberries would also be good.
  • I halved the recipe and melted probably ¼ c. of chocolate chips. But I think almond bark would also work if you wanted a white chocolate taste.
  • I placed a Ziploc bag in a glass and poured melted chocolate into baggie. It’s the easiest way to fill the bag with spilling or burning yourself.

Cheesy Southwest Egg Bake

This is a hearty breakfast recipe I found on the Pillsbury website.

Cheesy Southwest Egg BakeCheesy Southwest Egg Bake by Pillsbury
1 package of chorizo or pork sausage
1/2 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. chopped bell pepper
10 eggs
1/4 c. whipping cream
2 c. shredded pepper Jack or Mexican cheese blend
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 can Grands flaky layers biscuits
1 T. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In skillet, cook sausage, onion, and pepper. In a large bowl, beat eggs and cream. Stir in 1 c. cheese, red pepper flakes, and sausage mixture. Separate dough  into 8 biscuits. Cut each into 6 pieces. Spread oil bottom of skillet. Drop biscuits over oil. Pour sausage mixture over biscuits. Top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until crust is set. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I used regular sausage and added fresh cilantro.
  • I used 6 eggs and 4 egg whites.
  • I used red bell pepper but you can use any kind.
  • I also used Mexican cheese.

Caramel Sea Salted Brownies

I ran across this recipe a few weeks ago in The Kansas CityStar’s Sunday coupon section of the paper. Very easy and flavorful recipe. However, I think my recipe for the Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies is even better.

Sea Salt Caramel BrowniesCaramel Salted Brownies by Morton Salt
1 box of brownie mix (plus ingredients)
20 caramels, unwrapped
1 T. milk
sea salt grinder

Mix box of brownie mix according to directions. Pour into a 8×8 square pan. Melt caramels and milk in microwave for 1 minute on high, then 10 second intervals until smooth. Pour over brownie mix. Bake according to brownie mix directions. Remove from oven sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Cool before cutting.