Tasty Tuesday: Apricot Ginger Glazed Pork Chops

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy free and peanut/nut free AND it still tastes good!  The rich glaze really dresses up the pork chop, and the unique flavors give it a not-another-pork recipe zip and zest

The best part is that it’s quite easy and quick too, so that’s my favorite kind of fancy–fancy without all the fuss.

Thank you Tracey Bartolomey of pawTree for sharing this recipe with us.

PREP TIME: 10 mins     COOK TIME: 15 mins     SERVES: 4

 

INGREDIENTS

1 and ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon pepper
4 boneless pork chops
olive oil for coating pan
another 1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (or ½ teaspoon if jarred)
1 teaspoon ginger powder
½ cup chicken broth
⅔ cup apricot preserves* see note

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with olive oil.
  2. While the pan is heating, combine the salt, garlic, onion and pepper. Lightly dip one side of the pork chops in the mixture.
  3. When pan is hot, place the pork, spice side down, in the hot pan. Sprinkle the remaining spice mixture on the top of the pork chops. Cook the pork for 3ish minutes and then flip and cook an additional 3ish minutes (until both sides are nicely browned). Remove the pork from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Reduce the heat and add the additional 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and ginger. Saute for about 30 seconds while stirring. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Use a spatula to scrape up the delicious browned bits from the bottom of the pan and continue to simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in the preserves. Bring the sauce to a simmer and return the pork to the pan.
  6. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  7. Remove from heat and let the pork chops rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve over rice or quinoa and spoon the sauce from the pan over each piece of pork–don’t let that stuff go to waste! Use every precious drop.

NOTE:  Apricot preserves in the jam/jelly section of the grocery store may be hard to find. When it is, apricot-pineapple preserves work just as well!  The original recipe is from Allergy Awesomeness

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Tasty Tuesday: Yummy Treats for Your Pets

In honor of our fur baby who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week…..

Tasty Tuesday is presented by Tracey Bartolomey of PawTree.com.  Heathy goodness for you pet..

The pawTree® Story

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He pulled together a top team of veterinarians and a Ph.D. in animal science and pet nutrition to help pet parents answer the age old question, “What should I feed my pet?” The result is what makes pawTree stand apart from the rest.

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Here is another YUMMY recipe..

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Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast or Dessert?

Thank you Tracey Bartolomey and Tastefully Simple for today’s recipe…

Nothing beats a hot breakfast. But if, like me, you’re not a morning person, the opportunity for a few more zzzzs usually trumps getting up a little earlier to cook. In my world, “hot breakfast” = toast. Once in a while, though, there’s an occasion special enough for me to make the first meal of the day something more than a quick grab ‘n go. 

ingredients

  • 1 package Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, fruit syrup, whipped cream, optional

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare Absolutely Almond Pound Cake according to package directions using water and butter. Allow to cool fully and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a greased 8×8 baking dish, layer ¾ of cake cubes, cream cheese cubes, blueberries and remaining cake cubes.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, cinnamon and vanilla; pour mixture evenly over baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove cover and continue baking 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 5 minutes; cut into slices and serve with maple or fruit syrup and whipped cream, if desired.

Absolutely Almond Blueberry French Toast Bake blog post | Tastefully Simple

Tips & Hints

  • Prefer a slightly more traditional French toast recipe? Try using Bountiful Beer Bread® cubes instead of pound cake. This Overnight French Toast Bake is a sweet and savory option.
  • Try using Sunny Lemon Pound Cake & Icing Mix to add a light, citrus flavor.
  • Sprinkle toasted almond slices over the top before baking to add a nutty crunch.
  • Double-duty it as dessert! Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Visit Tracey’s Tastefully Simple Facebook Group for more tips, hints and recipes.

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Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know in all of the excitement of kids getting ready for trick or treating, a healthy meal is far from your mind.  Hopefully, they have their BOO bags ready for the “big haul” of candy. 

Here is a quick and easy dinner everyone in the family will love courtesy of Tracey from Tastefully Simple:

In a medium pot on medium low heat:

1 tbsp Tastefully Simple avocado oil
2 tbsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)

Cook until meat is no longer pink.

Add following to pot and stir:

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1 tsp Tastefully Simple garlic garlic
1 tsp Tastefully Simple seasoned salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp wahoo chili seasoning
2 tbsp all purpose flour

Add following and bring to a boil

1 3/4 -2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk (I use almond milk)
2 cups small pasta (I switch to gluten free pasta)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer approx 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

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Saturday Spotlight: TS Magic Chicken Pizza Crust

WOOHOO!! Time to CELEBRATE the weekend…. What says weekend or football more than pizza, right?  I know LOTS of Tastefully Simple consultants and from each one, I learn something.  I got an amazing recipe from Lisa for Magic Chicken which I shared in July.

At a recent vendor event, Tracey Barolomey told me TS had discontinued their gluten free line.  I was surprised because it was AMAZING but as she explained they could not guarantee there was not cross contamination so they decided to discontinue the line.  What was a girl to do for YUMMY gluten free pizza?

Tracey shared with me this recipe using MAGIC CHICKEN as the crust:

Ingredients:

1 pound magic chicken patted dry and shredded (make it even finer by grinding in a food processor.)

8 – 12 ounces shredded mozzarella

2 eggs

2 tbsp Italian Garlic seasoning

2 tbsp parsley

Parmesan cheese to taste.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Parchment line a cookie sheet
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined well.
  4. Press thin and flat into cookie sheet
  5. Back 20-30 min depending on how crispy you like it
  6. Take out, top with your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings, back in oven until cheese melts

I haven’t tried it yet but I am going to.  My biggest problem is I only do a pound of chicken at a time, I need to do LOTS more so I have leftover chicken as prep for other meals.  Tracey recommends if you are freezing this you do it without toppings.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

I’m thinking this would be a great appetizer to take to a gathering over the holidays.  You could take it warm in Thirty One’s Perfect Party Set.

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Have a favorite recipe you want to share, send it to me at HopeWs31@gmail.com with the subject “Favorite Recipe”.

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