Friday, March 1, 2019

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples + 60 Days of Dinner!

It seems the only thing I can get together to post on the blog these days are recipes, but that's just where we are right now. The kids are busy with school and all manner of extracurricular activities. I am busy schlepping them to all of that and a have fair amount of freelance work myself too. But everyone needs to eat, so recipes to share I have. Everyone in our house loves pork chops and this is such a fast but super flavorful meal for weeknights. I often toss some potatoes in a hot oven to roast while I make a salad or veg to have with these chops. Easy peasy.

The first 30 days is Whole30 compliant (we did it!) and the second 30 days are not Whole30, but still super clean. Also, I just got an Instant Pot. I really resisted it given that I already have a slow cooker and am trying to Marie Kondo our house. But, so far, pretty happy with it!

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples 
(slightly adapted from Paleo Running Momma)

- 4-5 bone-in pork chops
- sea salt and black pepper to sprinkle on chops
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp ghee divided in half
- 1 large crisp-sweet apple, cored and sliced to 1/4" thickness
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 cup chicken bone broth
- 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, minced

    1. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, onion powder, and cinnamon, rubbing spices in to coat.

    2. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat and add 1 1/2 tbsp ghee.

    3. Add pork chops to hot skillet and brown on each side 3 minutes (they won't be fully cooked yet). Then remove to a plate and set aside.

    4. Lower heat to medium and add remaning ghee to melt. Add apples and onions to skillet and cook, stir occasionally, about 2 minutes, until beginning to soften.

    5. Sprinkle apples lightly with sea salt and pepper, then add broth and mustard, plus fresh herbs, stir to combine, scraping up any bits that stuck to your skillet.

    6. Return pork chops to skillet, making room for them by pushing apples and onions aside/around them. Continue to simmer over medium heat until pork chops are cooked through -- about 2 minutes or so, depending on how thick they were to start. Serve chops topped with sauce and apples + onions.

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    Day 1 (T) -- Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes; green beans
    Day 2 (W) -- Beef Ragu (skip the gnocchi for Whole30); Whole30 Mashed Potatoes; salad
    Day 3 (Th) -- Easy Apple Cider Pork Chops; roasted cauliflower; roasted sweet potatoes
    Day 4 (F) -- Stifatho (skip cheese); cauliflower rice; salad
    Day 5 (Sat) -- Crockpot Italian Pork RoastWhole30 Mashed Potatoes; salad
    Day 6 (Sun) -- Loaded Sweet Potato Fries; Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken; roasted cauliflower

    Day 7 (M) -- Whole30 Chili (I used ground beef and pork sausage); salad
    Day 8 (T) -- Tender Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots
    Day 9 (W) -- Brinner: pesto egg scramble; sausage; fries; roasted tomatoes
    Day 10 (Th) -- grilled filet mignon; baked potato; roasted broccoli
    Day 11 (F) -- Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Barbacoa
    Day 12 (Sat) -- leftovers
    Day 13 (Sun) -- leftovers

    Day 14 (M) -- Beef Enchilada Bake with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce
    Day 15 (T) -- Chicken Tinga Tacos on salad
    Day 16 (W) -- All American Chili (no beans, used extra ground beef); brussels sprouts
    Day 17 (Th) -- Grilled Balsamic Marinated Chicken; sweet potato fries; green beans
    Day 18 (F) -- leftovers
    Day 19 (Sat) -- had "taco bar" for dinner party -- Carne AsadaChicken Tinga; a platter of Whole30-compliant salad fixings
    Day 20 (Sun) -- Spicy Beef and Lamb Kofta; zucchini noodles

    Day 21 (M) -- dinner out
    Day 22 (T) -- leftovers
    Day 23 (W) -- dinner out
    Day 24 (Th) -- Slow Cooker Greek Beef Stew with Gremolata
    Day 25 (F) -- Balsamic Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples 
    Day 26 (Sat) -- grilled filet mignon; roasted potatoes; salad
    Day 27 (Sun) -- dinner out

    Day 28 (M) -- leftovers
    Day 29 (T) -- Slow Cooker Piri-Piri Chicken; roasted green beans
    Day 30 (W) -- Crock Pot Turkey Bolognese over Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
    Day 31 (Th) -- Nurturing Paleo Chicken Soup
    Day 32 (F) -- Carne Asada; roasted broccoli; sweet potato fries
    Day 33 (Sat) -- dinner out
    Day 34 (Sun) -- SUPERBOWL! Paleo Bacon Garlic Avocado Burger; baked french fries

    Day 35 (M) -- Nurturing Paleo Chicken Soup
    Day 36 (T) -- leftover Bolognese with cauliflower gnocchi; salad
    Day 37 (W) -- Instant Pot Italian Beef; cauliflower rice; roasted broccoli
    Day 38 (Th) -- Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes; roasted cauliflower
    Day 39 (F) -- grilled Filet Mignon; baked potatoes; sautéed green beans
    Day 40 (Sat) -- dinner out
    Day 41 (Sun) -- leftovers

    Day 42 (M) -- Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket; baked potatoes; sautéed green beans
    Day 43 (T) -- Sheet Pan Orange Glazed Salmon and Broccolini 
    Day 44 (W) -- One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples; roasted sweet potatoes; salad
    Day 45 (Th) -- leftover brisket; salad
    Day 46 (F) -- Beef Tacos; rice; roasted carrots
    Day 47 (Sat) -- dinner out
    Day 48 (Sun) -- Grilled Balsamic Marinated Chicken; roasted sweet potatoes; roasted broccoli

    Day 49 (M) -- Taco Dinner with Friends! Slow Cooker Carnitas; Flank Steak Tacos; Mexican Crema; rice; Fruit Plate with Chili Lime Salt; Skinny Margaritas
    Day 50 (T) -- leftovers
    Day 51 (W) -- grilled Filet Mignon; roasted potatoes; salad
    Day 52 (Th) -- All American Chili
    Day 53 (F) -- Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries 
    Day 54 (Sat) -- dinner out
    Day 55 (Sun) -- dinner out

    Day 56 (M) -- Slow Cooker Brisket and Onions (although I prefer to follow the oven cooking directions); gnocchi; green beans
    Day 57 (T) -- One Pan Garlic Lovers' Shrimp and Veggies; rice 
    Day 58 (W) -- Instant Pot Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and Greens 
    Day 59 (Th) -- One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples; roasted carrots; polenta
    Day 60 (F) -- grilled Filet Mignon; Instant Pot Baked Potatoes; salad