What’s For Dinner

I wanted to repost this from my other blog…because it’s so darn yummy!!!

Dinner can be challenging for the best of us. And the easier in my book the better. One of my favorite meals has to be Garlic Honey Pork Chops, Wild Rice with Caramelized Onions and Cranberries and Roasted Cauliflower. The best part is that the prep is about 15 minutes, and the cooking time takes about 20 minutes. Quick, easy, healthy and yes you will be the envy of your friends.

To start you will make your marinade for your pork chops. I, of course, get some great organic and preferable free ranging pork chops to start with.

1/4 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. honey
1 tbsp. beef broth
1 tbsp. molasses
2 cloves minced garlic
Center cut pork chops, enough for 4-6
Instructions: Combine above ingredients. Microwave for about 15 seconds to make it easier to blend and pour over chops in a plastic bag. Refrigerate 6 to 24 hours. When you are ready for cooking you’ll grill chops about 15 minutes, turning once, basting with marinade often.  (tonight I didn’t have enough time so they only marinated for 2 hours and were still delicious.)

Next up is rice. I use the rice cooker for this. Put one cup of wild rice to every 2 1/2 cups of water or broth. I find that if you skimp on the liquid your rice can turn out very dry at the end. When you are ready to cook you will throw some diced onions in a pan (I do this in the same pan I’m going to do my pork chops in) and once they start to cook up add some organic raw sugar in the mix and stir until your onions look a nice caramel color. Add in your cranberries (fresh or dried… either works) and cook up for a few minutes. Then add into your rice and let warm until dinner is done.

Roasted Cauliflower

Final item – place cauliflower into an oven ready dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper and any other great spices you may want to add in. Put in oven on 500 degrees. Takes about 20 minutes to cook. I like to stir it up about every 5 minutes. When it’s done put some great raw shredded cheese on top and you’re done.

Roasted cauliflower is one of those things that even those people that never liked cauliflower will enjoy. And kids will eat anything you put cheese on – so it’s a great winning situation for meal time.  Think about how healthy this is as well.

One thing to remember – however – you have to go fresh. Frozen will not work for this and you will regret that even tried.

Once you master this try roasting other vegetables. Roast some broccoli with some lemon zest, roast some butternut squash, roast a great big elephant garlic – that is a special treat that you will never forget.

Eating healthy can be easy – don’t sweat the small stuff as they say. Pick easy items that you can prep ahead of time and that take little if any time to make.

What’s for dinner? I can’t wait to see what you bring to the table!! YUM!

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