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Pork Seasoning

2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced dried onions

Combine all ingredients in a jar and stir well. Store in an airtight container.
To use: Stir 4 teaspoons of seasoning into 1 pound of lean ground pork and set aside for the recipe below. Save the remaining seasoning for another recipe.

 

Pasta Sauce

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 lb seasoned pork, see recipe above
2 tablespoons tomato paste
28 oz can of whole cherry tomatoes {Cento}
28 oz can fire roasted red pepper strips, undrained
5 fresh basil leaves,
2 pinches of sea salt

Pasta
1 lb bucatini pasta
Parmesan cheese

Directions
For the sauce
Melt the butter and olive oil in a large, deep skillet with a cover.
Add the seasoned pork to the pan and cook until lightly brown. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook 1 mi ute. Add the remaining sauce ingredients.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, with the cover ajar cover cook the mixture until it thickens for 2 hours.

For the pasta
Cook the pasta according to package directions to just the al dente stage. Using tongs transfer the pasta from the cooking water to the pan with the sauce and cook gently for 2 minutes Serve in pasta bowls topped with grated Parmesan. add a green salad and bread if you want a fuller meal.

 


I prefer pork cutlets for this recipe, but you can use veal in this classic northern Italian dish.

Ingredients

1/4 cup flour

1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus extra for shaving over the salad

1/2 cup dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 scallopini {veal, pork or chhicken}i, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness, about 6 ounces each

Vegetable oil

2 big handfuls of baby arugula or other salad greens

12 grape tomatoes, halved

Some fresh basil leaves

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Place flour in one shallow bowl or pie plate and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place the beaten egg in a second dish. Combine parmesan and breadcrumbs in a third.

Dredge veal in flour, then egg. Allow excess egg to drip off, then transfer to breadcrumbs. Turn to coat evenly, pressing crumbs so they adhere. Transfer scallopini to a large plate.

Add oil to cover the bottom of a medium skillet and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Carefully add the scallopini to the hot oil. Cook, swirling pan occasionally until golden brown on the first side, about 1 1/2 minutes. Carefully turn with tongs and cook until the second side is golden brown, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season immediately with salt. 

Toss arugula, tomatoes, and basil s in a medium bowl with olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Place a scallopini on a dinner plate, top it with half the salad and shave parmesan over the salad. Serve with Ciabatta bread.


Ingredients

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
1/4 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 large garlic clove, grated
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 oz shiitake, mushrooms, sliced
1 packager frozen dumplings { I used pork and ginger soup dumplings from Trader Joe’s)
3 green onions, sliced
If you like it little spice in the broth, add a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large saucepan. Add in the onion. Sauté 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Add garlic and ginger. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add in the chicken broth, soy sauce, and mushrooms.

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Add the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil and green onions. Simmer another 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Heat the dumplings in the microwave
Cut the corner of the soup dumpling bag open to allow steam to escape.
Place the soup dumplings on a microwave-safe tray.
Heat on high for 2 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through.
Let it sit for 1 minute before removing it from the microwave.

Place 3 dumplings in two separate soup bowls and pour the broth over the dumplings.

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground pork
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Large lettuce leaves

Directions

In a large skillet, cook pork and onion over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until pork is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up pork into crumbles.
Stir in hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, and chili sauce until blended. Add water chestnuts, green onions, and sesame oil; heat through.

To serve, place pork mixture in lettuce leaves; fold lettuce over the filling.


Oven Baked Fall Vegetables

Ingredients

2 large Sweet Potatoes, peeled
1 small Acorn Squash
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
½ teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Honey
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary

Directions

Cover a large baking sheet or pan with foil. Preheat the oven to 425°F

Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, and place them in a large bowl. Cut the bottom and tops of the acorn squash, then cut it in half. Remove the seeds with a spoon Cit the acorn squash into wedges, and add to the bowl.

Pour olive oil and salt onto the potatoes and acorn squash and mix well Add in the honey and cinnamon, and mix again.
Spread the rosemary leaves over the foil on the baking pan.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, stirring halfway during roasting. Bake until the potatoes and squash are tender. Serve with pork chops.

Chrispy Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients

2 center-cut pork chops, 6 to 8 ounces each, 3/4 to 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat
1 cup cornflake crumbs
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 egg
Olive oil cooking spray

Directions

Place crumbs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Mix well.
Place the flour in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, whisk egg and mustard until combined.

Spray a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.

Dredge 1 pork chop in flour; shake off excess. Coat with egg mixture; let excess drip off. Coat all sides of the chop with crumb mixture, pressing gently so that the crumbs adhere to the chop. Transfer breaded chop to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining chop.

After the vegetables have baked for 15 minutes, place the pork chops in the over,

Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chops registers 155 degrees, about 30 minutes. Let rest on the rack for 5 minutes before serving.

 

 


Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

¼ cup rice flour or All Purpose Flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
¼ cup Olive Oil
2 thin Pork Chops, about 5 oz each
Marinara Sauce, homemade or store-bought

Directions

In a shallow dish, beat together egg and mayonnaise.
In a separate bowl, place the flour mixed with salt and pepper to taste, and in another shallow dish place the bread crumbs/
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Dip each pork chop into flour, egg, and then into the bread crumbs, coating evenly.
Place coated pork chop in the skillet, and brown for about 4 minutes on each side.

Serve with warm Marinara sauce.

Baked Spaghetti Squash

I am not a fan of leftover spaghetti squash, so I was happy to find a small squash {about 1 ¼ lb} at my market that will be just the right size for two.

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash
Non-fat cooking spray
Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder

Directions

Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up, spray lightly with the non-fat cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bake at 350° for about an hour or until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is tender. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Using a fork, scrape out the squash flesh a little at a time. It will separate into spaghetti-like strands. Place in a serving dish and serve hot. Total servings per recipe will vary depending on squash size.

Parmesan-Roasted Green Beans

Ingredients

1 pound thin green beans (haricots verts)
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Trim off the tough end of the beans and arrange the beans on a nonstick cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and bake until the cheese melts and forms a crisp shell over the beans, about 10 minutes. Let the beans sit for a few minutes for the cheese to cool slightly. Lift the beans out onto a platter and serve.



Pork Chops

Ingredients

2 bone-in pork chops, center-cut, 1/2-inch thick
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 cup Italian flavored Panko crumbs
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a flat shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, with the Italian seasoning.
Cover the pork chops with a light coating of mayonnaise. then place the pork chops in the breadcrumb mixture and coat all sides evenly.

Air-Fryer Directions
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
Place breaded pork chops into the air fryer in one layer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through cooking. If cooking thicker pork chops, cook for 14-15 minutes.
Remove pork chops from the air fryer.

Oven Baked Directions
Preheat the oven to 425°F
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer skillet with pork to oven. Bake until pork chops are crisp on the outside and the meat thermometer inserted into pork registers 150°F, about 20 minutes.


Panfried Potatoes

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
2 pounds of small Yukon Gold potatoes
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
4 cloves garlic, sliced
Flakey salt and freshly ground black pepper, for serving

Directions

Slice the potatoes into thin round circles. Heat the oil in a medium skillet along with the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and add the garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown and tenders for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Zucchini Tomato Saute

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 fresh tomato, seeded and chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
12 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese

Directions

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, zucchini, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Top with the cheese. Top with the mozzarella and serve.


Asian Pork Chops

Ingredients

2 pork chops, bone-in
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon nam pla (fish sauce)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon peanut oil

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together except the pork.
Rub the mixture into the meat then place it in a sealed container and let it marinate for several hours.

Heat the oil in a hot pan. Remove the pork chops from the marinade and place in the pan to sear for 3 minutes on each side, until browned.
Transfer to the oven, sprinkle over the remaining marinade and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.


Stir-Fry Bok Choy And Vegetables

Ingredients

4 cups chopped bok choy, washed and dried in a salad spinner
1 carrot, peeled and sliced thinly on the diagonal
1 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 oz can of water chestnuts, drained
1 tablespoon peanut oil

STIR-FRY SAUCE:
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

Mix all the stir-fry sauce ingredients together in a bowl or cup. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.

Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high to high heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add oil and swirl around.

Add the bok choy plus 2-3 Tbsp. stir-fry sauce. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until pan/wok starts to become dry.
Now add another 2-3 Tbsp. sauce and continue stir-frying another 2-3 minutes, or until the bok choy is bright green and the white stems are softened but still crunchy.
Taste-test the bok choy with the sauce. Add more sugar if too sour for your taste, or more lime juice if too salty. Also, fresh minced chili or dried chili can be added if you prefer it spicier. If you prefer more sauce, add a little more, as desired.
To serve, lift out the bok choy and place it on a serving platter or in a serving bowl, then pour the sauce (from the bottom of the wok or pan) over. Serve immediately.


Ingredients

2 bone-in pork chops, 6 oz each
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground chipotle pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons flout
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small bell pepper, seeded and sliced
Half a medium onion sliced
¼ cup salsa

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the flour, chipotle pepper, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Press the mixture on all sides for the pork chops.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high. Add the pork and cook until brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the pork chops over and transfer the skillet to the oven.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops.

Remove the chops to a serving plate. Add the remaining oil, peppers, and onions to the skillet and cook until softened. Stir in the salsa and heat. Top the pork chops with the sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.

Or make my Potato Stuffed Cabbage serve with the pork chops.


Potato Filled Cabbage Rolls

Ingredients

Cabbage
8 large savoy cabbage leaves
1 carrot shredded
½ cup water

Potato Filling:
4 cups plain mashed potatoes
1 onion finely chopped
2 eggs
4 tablespoon butter melted
1 teaspoons salt

Directions

I like to remove the large cabbage leaves, put them in a zip; ock freezer bag, and place the package in the freezer until you are ready to make the cabbage rolls. Defrost the leaves overnight in the refrigerator. Place on kitchen towels.
Or
Remove the core from the cabbage head, Add the cabbage to a pot of boiling water, core down, and cook for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the number of leaves you want for the stuffed cabbage. Place them on a kitchen towel. Reserve the remaining cabbage for another dish.

Combine the potatoes with the eggs, onion, salt, and melted butter and set aside.
To stuff the cabbage leaves:
Remove the top of the stem with kitchen scissors. Place ½ cup of the filling onto the bottom part and roll folding in the sides.
Place the rolls in a greased baking dish just large enough to fit the rolls. Pour ½ cup water into the dish.

Sprinkle the shredded carrot over the cabbage rolls. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 2 hours. 4 servings

Serve with

Pork Chop Piccata

Ingredients

4 thin pork chops
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Capers, drained
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Directions

Season the pork with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a wide dish and coat the pork chops.
In a skillet, melt the butter on medium. Add the pork and cook for 5 min. per side, until browned.
Add the lemon juice and capers to the skillet. Being to a boil. Remove from the heat. Garnish with parsley and serve. 4 s34vings


Hoisin Chicken in Lettuce Leaves

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons peanut oil oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon grated garlic
2 scallions, chopped
2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 lb total), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 -oz sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup bottled hoisin sauce
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
12 large red- or green-leaf lettuce leaves

Directions

Heat a wok or a 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until just smoking, then add oil. Add ginger, garlic, and scallions and stir-fry for 45 seconds.

Add chicken and mushrooms and stir-fry until just cooked through about 2 minutes. Add water chestnuts and sauce. Stir-fry until heated for about 1 minute.

Transfer to a bowl.
Have guests serve themselves by spooning the chicken mixture into lettuce leaves and wrapping leaves around filling to enclose.

Pork Fried Rice

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 large egg
2 tablespoons peanut oil or olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon Chinese chili sauce
1 boneless pork loin chop, one-inch thick, cooked, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 cups cooked, chilled long-grain rice
4 oz diced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained

Sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Chinese wine {shaosing}
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce

Directions

Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a skillet and add the egg. Scramble the egg and remove to a small bowl/

Combine the chili sauce with the cubed pork.
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to a pan, swirling to coat. Add pork, celery, and scallions to the pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil to the skillet and add the rice, stirring well to coat the rice with oil; cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Add the sauce and stir-fry for one minute. Add the pork mixture, water chestnuts, and egg. Stir-fry until all the ingredients are combined and hot.
Serve with the Lettuce wraps.



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