Another day of vacation for me today, and another day of cleaning. Today I managed to attack some of the spare room and the living room. I did get some quality relaxation in, too, ahhh I love vacation. I decided not to work out because my legs were incredibly sore from skiing. I did stretch for awhile though. Skiing in fresh snow can be really tough on your body.
Tonight I really wanted to cook something delicious for Matt & I. Matt’s brother gave him a variety pack of maple syrup for Christmas, and when I saw the dark Grade B syrup, I knew I wanted to cook with it! I had pork chops in the fridge and thought this might be a good combo. Now, the other white meat is definitely not my first choice of meat, but it was on sale this week, and I convinced myself I could jazz it up. I used a recipe from Simply Recipes as my guide (the recipe was originally in the Boston Globe), but definitely added and subtracted a few things to make it my own.
Maple Pork Chops
(This is for 3 pork chops, and serves 3)
- 3 pork chops
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1tbsp. chopped fresh sage
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup apple cider
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Salt the pork by sprinkling and pressing into the meat.
2. Cook pork in a pan with a little bit of oil on medium-high heat until pork is browned. Then place meat in a baking dish.
3. In a small sauce pan with a little bit of oil combined onions and herbs. Cook until onion starts to brown.
5. Pour over pork chops. Bake for about 40 minutes (baste 2-3 times during this time).
Tomato Herb Quinoa
(again…this serves about 2 or 3)
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup organic tomato soup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp. fresh sage
- 1 tbsp. fresh garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tomato chopped
- Put quinoa, tomato soup, and water in a pan and bring to a boil
- Let simmer and cover until all juices are soaked up (probably about 10-15 minutes)
- Meanwhile, put a little bit of oil in a small pan and cook garlic and onion on medium-high until brown. Reduce heat and add tomato and sage. Cook until warm.
- When quinoa is finished add the tomato mixture and mix until combined.
SUCCESS! I made a pork chop dinner that both Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed. The pork was cooked perfectly! I literally gave myself a pat on the back I was so proud of myself. The tomato herb quinoa was awesome, too! I steamed some green beans so we could get some veggies in. This was a great meal! I will definitely be making maple pork chops again!
Time to finish the dishes, and spend some quality time with Matt. Oh yeah, the Eagles game that I was all ready to watch Sunday was postponed due to snow till today, so we will be tuning in! Go Eagles!