Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pesto stuffed Pork Chops

A few months ago, I tried a recipe for stuffed pork chops, and didn't really care for it. It basically tasted like Stove Top stuffing inside pork. Blah. So, when I pulled some large pork chops out of the freezer last week, I decided to stuff them with my imagination!  And, of course, I had to coat them with Panko goodness to make them nice and crispy!
Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Stuffed Pork Chops

4 thick cut pork chops
1/2- 1 cup prepared pesto
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 cup flour
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1-2 Tb Italian Seasonings

Turn oven to 350. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, and spray the foil with cooking spray.

Cut a slit into the pork chops, on the long side. Do not cut them completely in half, just form as big a pocket as you can.

In a small bowl, mix pesto and Parmesan cheese together.  Stuff this mixture into the pockets on the pork chops. Use toothpicks to close the pocket, and to hold in the filling. (Warning: The toothpicks make it difficult to coat the chops. If you can coat them carefully, then secure pocket after dipping!)

Put the flour in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. In a 3rd bowl, mix the Panko crumbs and Italian seasonings. Dip the pork chops in the flour, coating generously, and then shaking off excess. Dip chops in egg, and then in Panko crumbs. Cover well, and lay chop on the foil lined baking sheet. Repeat with each pork chop.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Check pork for doneness. It should not be pink!

Wonderful served with potatoes and a crisp salad! Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Favorite Recipes!

 I'm returning from the land of silence to post about my recent favorite meals!  Today, I wanted to update you on all my delicious finds on Pinterest. Check out my Recipes I've Tried folder on Pinterest to see all the recipes I love!

Here they are- all pictures belong to the original blog.  Have fun!

Easy Baked Pumpkin Donut Hole Recipe on
Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes from two peas & their pod

These are fantastic little bundles of yumminess. They are moist and the pumpkin flavor really comes out.  I dipped just the tops in the Cinnamon/Sugar mix, and it was heavenly! Just as good a day later as just out of the oven. (If they last that long!)

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake! Layers of lasagna noodles, chicken, peas, creamy garlic Parmesan sauce --> no cans, all real, totally yummy. 300 calories. |
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake by Pinch of Yum

Delicious.  Creamy and rich, every family member enjoyed this.  A few notes:
I used my own Alfredo Sauce recipe just because it was easier.
I would take out the peas next time. They really didn't add anything to the dish; except that my kids got their veggies! 
Very, very good dish that is on the meal rotation list!


I can't believe I haven't posted about this cake.  Last November I was looking for an easy, one layer cake that I could decorate for my boy's Minecraft party.  Frieda answered my call on Facebook. I ended up cutting this into squares, and using pieces of foot rollups to made Minecraft shapes.   We LOVE this cake.  Love, Love, Love.  My daughter asked for it for her birthday in March, and still mentions it as her favorite cake.  The vanilla flavor is so good. Add cherries on top = divine.

Thai Beef Tacos I 
Thai Beef Tacos from How Sweet it is

One more savory to add to this list.  These tacos are AMAZING! The Thai flavor is perfect, and the mangoes really punch up the whole thing.  The recipe only makes a few; double or triple as needed.  I did try this with stew meat in the crockpot once: not as good.   Use Flank steak and marinate them!

These are enough to get you started.  Check out my "Recipes I've Tried" board on Pinterest to see more tried and true recipes! 

Do you have a favorite recipe you found on Pinterest?  Let me know in the comments!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fabulous new meals

Hello! I'm back for a quick post. The last few months have brought a lot of food changes to our home. With PTA meetings, cub scouts, girl scouts, friends, etc, it's getting harder to be home for meal prep. Plus, I'm not experimenting as much, so we're making old favorites over and over again.

A few years ago, I did a workshop for the ladies in my church on meal planning.  I even blogged about it. Fast forward to this month, where I'm doing this same workshop in my new area.  As I'm looking over my materials and sprucing them up, I was reminded of my old neighbor who used to plan meals 6 weeks in advance. I was also reminded that I had sat down and done that as well.  When it came to execution though, I don't think it lasted long. 

However... I think my family is at the point now that we need this. It would be more stable and easier to plan.

(This one is more like our house!)

This looong story (sorry!) lead me to look at the new recipes we've made and loved the last few months. I have them all on a Pinterest board, but would like to share them here as well so they are all in the same spot.

Here they are- all pictures belong to the original blog.  Have fun!

Quick and Easy Orange Beef from Our Best Bites

by Our Best Bites

 My 10yr old son has been asking for orange chicken. I found this recipe and had beef so we made it.  Let me just say, I really, really dislike Chinese food. But this dish? LOVED it!

Sina's Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts Recipe 

My husband served his mission in South Carolina. This is a popular street food there. He was in heaven! 

 Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken


I LOVE this dish.  It's so simple, but full of flavor. It makes a TON, so make sure you have lots of people to eat it! I serve it on rice, or even just plain. I like to add some crushed tortilla chips for some texture.

Super healthy and quick Asian lettuce wraps from Our Best Bites!

by Our Best Bites

Another WOW from Our Best Bites. I really enjoy this dish. 4 out of 5 family members loved it as well. The 1 who didn't is my 7yr old daughter who doesn't like anything. Quick, easy, HEALTHY, and yum! 


This recipe is called The Best Pot Roast... Ever!  and it really is!

Make sure you make potatoes or rice with it so you have something to sop up the amazing gravy!

 Meatloaf made with stove top stuffing. Gets rave reviews and SUPER easy. 1 Pound Ground Meat (Beef or Turkey) 1 Egg 1 Box Stuffing Mix 1 Cup Water Mix everything together, smoosh it into a loaf pan, and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

 This is a simple, yet delicious meatloaf recipe. 
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 egg
1 box stuffing mix
1 cup water

Mix everything together and press into a loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Yum! 

And finally...


So. Very. Good. 
It is mandatory to broil the meat after cooking it. I cooked it in the crockpot, and it was really good. However, after broiling it- Amazing!

I think that's good for today.  There are some more great meals on my Pinterest board, and I'm always adding more.