Dinner

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Chipotle Raspberry Sauce

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A unique blend of fruity, nutty and spicy.  Best of all–all these flavors and textures were approved by the boy, so I know this recipe is a keeper !

Ingredients for the sauce:

4, 16oz bags of frozen raspberries

1, 7oz can of chipotle in adobo

1 tbsp of fresh thyme

1 tbsp of brown sugar

Blend the berries and chipotle peppers and strain into a sauce pan.  Add thyme and sugar and cook till sauce is thick and reduced.  You will get more than what you will need for this meal, so jar it and save it for later.  It is a wonderful marinade for grilled chicken.

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For Pork Chops:

4 large pork chops, pounded to medium thickness

2 cups of ground pecans

1 cup of ground rice cereal

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste.

Method:

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Season pork chops with salt and pepper.

Dip in egg and then the pecan and rice cereal mixture.

Place on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and bake for 30 mins at 375F.

Plate the pork chops on top of roasted green beans and add the sauce on the side.

 

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Lunch, Salad, Sides

Roasted Acorn-Squash Salad

This was my first time cooking Acorn Squash so I am quite excited about this salad.  My lunches are going to be delightful this week ! The beauty of this recipe is that once the squash is roasted you could add it to a salad, like I did or make some soup out of it.  It will also be a great side dish to any sunday roast dinner.  I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

1 lb acorn squash cut up into wedges

1.5 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

1/2 tbsp of dried rosemary

salt and pepper to taste

1, 7oz bag of arugul greens mix

Your choice of Nuts and dried fruit to dress up the salad.  I used pecans and cherries !

Method:

Toss the wedges of squash with the oil, vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper and roast for about 35min at 350F.

There will be some dressing left after coating the squash which could be used to dress the salad.  If not, feel free to make extra dressing or use a dressing that you would use otherwise.

Add the squash to the leaves, add the nuts and berries and serve warm !

Note: Bacon, chickpeas, apples and pears would also make excellent additions to the salad.  Enjoy !