Pork chops topped with honey, mustard, orange juice, garlic, paprika, bacon, Gouda and baked. Ready in under 30 minutes. Serve over rice and you have yourself an easy and quick weeknight dinner! Free to switch out the pork for chicken and use your favorite cheese!
6 to 8 boneless pork chops
1 Tbsp olive oil
¾ cup honey
½ cup Dijon mustard
1 tsp orange juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup chopped cooked bacon
1½ cups shredded gouda cheese
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Season pork chops with garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat oil in a skillet and cook pork chops 2 minutes on each side until they are starting to brown. Place in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Combine honey, garlic, mustard, juice and paprika. Pour over pork chops.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Top pork chops with bacon and cheese. Return to the oven, and continue to bake until the cheese is melted.
Whether you’re entertaining or making these Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms for a weeknight dinner, this recipe will not disappoint. I love to serve these stuffed mushrooms over a simple shaved Brussel sprouts but feel free to serve over rice, pasta or even as an appetizer on their own.
Where to find the crab meat?
Look for pasteurized jumbo, lump crab in the seafood section of the supermarket. The regular lump crab or even claw meat blends perfectly with the sour cream mixture and goes a lot farther.
Here’s another trick… for mushrooms that’ll hold their shape when stuffed: roast them first, before adding the filling, to draw out some of their extra moisture.
The Brussel Sprouts Salad
Whoever made Brussel sprouts the new cool veggie, thank you! For a while, roasted was the only way I ate Brussel sprouts and then one day I tried the shredded brussel sprouts salad at Cooper’s Hawk and my mind was blown! It’s so simple and doesn’t require a salad dressing, just shredded parmesan cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice.
I like to use my food processor to shred the sprouts but you can also use a mandoline slicer or sharp knife. For this recipe, I also like to roast about a ½ cup of the sprouts to add a little more flavor and texture. You choose what you like! And you feel free to serve this salad alone or with my crab stuffed mushrooms.
24 large baby Bella mushrooms (about 1 lb.)
Olive oil cooking spray
8 oz fresh lump crabmeat
¼ cup scallions chopped
6 tablespoons nonfat sour cream
¼ cup Parmesan grated
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon black pepper
⅛ teaspoon paprika
Brussel sprout salad
1 pound brussels sprouts
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Lemon zest and juice of one lemon
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Preheat the broiler, setting the temperature on high. Set an oven rack in the middle of the oven (this will prevent the mushrooms from scorching under the broiler). Line a broiler-safe rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Use damp paper towels to gently wipe the mushrooms clean. Gently twist the stems off. Spray the mushrooms with olive oil on both sides. Broil in the middle of the oven until just tender, 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
Transfer the crabmeat to a medium bowl, feeling through the meat to make sure no shell pieces remain.
Add the remaining ingredients except for the paprika and mix well until fully combined.
Spoon the crab mixture into the mushrooms, dividing it evenly. Each mushroom should hold about 2 tablespoons of filling. Pack the filling into the mushrooms and pile it high.
Sprinkle the stuffed mushrooms with paprika.
Arrange the mushrooms, filling side up, back on the baking sheet.
Lightly spray them with olive oil.
Broil the mushrooms briefly, just until the filling is warm and golden, for about 3 minutes.
Brussel Sprouts Salad
Shave the Brussel sprouts using a food processor and place in a large bowl, breaking them up with your hands and discarding any tough pieces.
Take ¼ cup of the sprouts and place on a baking sheet. Broil for ten minutes until the edges are brown and crispy.
Toss the cooked and raw sprouts in a large bowl with the lemon zest and juice until coated. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow the sprouts to soften and the flavors to combine.
Before serving, toss in the grated parmesan and taste again for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper, if needed.
This light and healthy meal, Pan seared scallops with warm asparagus and salad with orange dressing comes together in just 20 minutes. It can be made with scallops or with other fish like salmon, cod, snapper, halibut, or sea bass… or even grilled chicken. The dressing is very universal- citrusy and flavorful and perfect on so many things!
For the dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
For the scallops
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
1 small bunch asparagus cut in about 3 inch pieces
6 cups baby kale
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 oranges peeled and cut into segments
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
Make the dressing
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Cook the scallops
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches, lightly season the scallops with salt and pepper, and sear for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Flip the scallops and cook for about 2-3 minutes more, until the other side is also golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Make the salad
Bring about an inch of water to a boil in a deep-sided skillet or sauté pan. When the water is bubbling, salt the water, then drop the asparagus and cook the asparagus for about 2 minutes, or until bright green. Strain the asparagus in a sieve, running it under cold running water. Set aside.
Return the skillet to the stove and heat it over medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and drop in the kale and red onion. Stir the kale and cook for about 1-2 minutes, then add the asparagus and about 2 tablespoons of the dressing.
Transfer the asparagus and kale into bowls.
Top with scallops, orange segments and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Serve with additional dressing.
Who doesn’t love a chocolate cookie? How about a fudgy chocolate cookie LOADED with marshmallows, chocolate chunks and Oreo cookie crumbles. These delicious rocky road cookies stay soft for days, come together in 30 minutes, and are a serious crowd pleaser!
2 cups white sugar
1 ¼ cups butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup Cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped Oreo cookies
1 cup marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Cream sugar and margarine in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the creamed mixture and mix until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips, crushed Oreos and mini marshmallows.
Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until edges are set and centers are soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
Let sit briefly before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Heartier than a soup but different from a traditional chili, this is a twist on White Chicken Chili. Lots of flavor from green chiles and fire-roasted tomatoes plus a little heat from the buffalo sauce are balanced out with some sweet corn yogurt, and cream cheese. Top it all off with blue cheese crumbles! This is great to serve at a party, take to a tailgate, or a potluck. Oh, and the best part this is all made in the crock pot- a fix it and forget meal!
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup frozen corn
14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
4 ounce can diced green chiles
2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans
1/2 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 ounces low fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Blue cheese, for topping
Add the chicken breasts and all of the other ingredients except the cream cheese and Greek yogurt to the slow cooker. Stir everything together then cover it with the lid. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours or until the chicken breasts are cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and onto a plate. Use forks or your hands to shred it. Add the cream cheese into the slow cooker and whisk it in until there’s no lumps.
Add the shredded chicken back in and cover with the lid. Cook on low for another 30 minutes.
Turn off the slow cooker and quickly stir in the Greek yogurt. Don’t let it sit or it may curdle. Taste for seasoning.
Top the chili with blue cheese crumbles and extra hot sauce if desired.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we all are face to face with the Leftover Problem. Well have no fear, I have the perfect solution for all the leftover stuffing. These Sausage Stuffing Bites are perfect to use leftover stuffing to make! They can be used for an appetizer at your Friendsgiving celebration. You can also make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake and serve them. They are perfect for parties and family gatherings during the holidays.
Sausage Stuffing Bites
2 boxes Savory Herbs Stuffing or 2 cups leftover stuffing
½ pound of hot Italian sausage
½ pound of mild Italian sausage
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup of mozzarella cheese or shredded cheese cheddar
1/3 cup dried cranberries, minced
2 beaten eggs
Gravy Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¾ stick of butter
3 to 4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Brown the sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the garlic and cranberries, mix and cook for 5 minutes.
While the sausage is cooking, cook the stuffing.
Once sausage and stuffing is cooked, combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with your hands. Do not ocean out the sausage pan, we will use the drippings for the gravy.
Using a cookie scoop, (or hands) scoop the sausage balls onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, till they are browned on top.
While sausage stuffing bites are cooking, make the gravy dipping sauce.
Over medium heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle on half the flour and stir so that the butter soaks it all up, then add more little by little. Stir it around and cook it for another minute or so, then pour in the broth, stirring constantly.
Cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens. (This may take a good 10 to 12 minutes.) Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and continue cooking until very thick and luscious. If it gets too thick too soon, just splash in another 1/2 cup of broth or more if needed. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Place dipping sauce in a serving bowl and serve with Sausage Stuffing Bites