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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Pork Chops

When you have chicken nearly every single day of your life, you crave change. Since red meat isn’t that healthy to eat too often, I turned to the “other white meat”, pork.

Yesterday I threw some boneless pork chops in my slow roaster to cook up some scrumptious garlic and parm chops – and OMG! They were not only super tasty, they practically fell apart they were so tender.

Garlic Parm Chops

pork chops6 Pork Chops
1/3 a stick of butter or margarine
1 finely sliced onion
1-2 tablespoons minced garlic (or garlic powder)
1 Packet of Instant Soup (onion or cream of chicken, optional)
1 Cup of Water
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Salt to taste

I mixed the water and the soup mix for the liquid base. Then I placed the pork chops and onion into a slow roaster. Lastly, I added the butter and all the seasonings on top.

I cooked it on 325 for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours. I stopped to taste it, and dusted more salt, onion powder (I would have added garlic powder, but i only had minced garlic) and parmesan on top. Then, I cooked it for a few more minutes allowing the flavors to settle in. The end result was pork chops that not only were tasty, but they practically fell apart when I picked them up. TOTALLY YUM!

It’s not quite as good as garlic and parmesan chicken wings, but it’s pretty darn close! Hmmm, that makes me think! I bet dipping it in blue cheese or ranch dressing would be good!! Forget I said that! Baaaad Bonnie! Baaaad!  🙂

Kitchen Tips: Preparing for Diet Success

groceriesAs I always say, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – and if you are trying to eat healthy, planning is a necessity.

It starts at the grocery store, but that’s not where it ends. I know a lot of people who buy healthy food that ends up rotting in bottom of the refrigerator. So, you not only need to shop healthy, you need to buy stuff you know you will actually cook – not stuff you hope you will eat. Good intentions won’t help you lose weight. Follow through will. And once you cook up your food, it still doesn’t stop there. You need to make sure you have all the tupperware you need so it goes where you go. Plastic forks, spoons, lunch bag – you name it, if it helps you stick to your diet, it’s worth being properly stocked.

With that said, cooking is definitely the hardest part of the process. It takes time, but it is SO worth it. This why we set aside time to cook for the week – and Sundays are those days for us. It’s our chance to cook up all our meat for the week, and box up our meals so we stay on track, no matter what craziness comes our way.

Since many people ask me what we make, I thought I’d share our shopping list, as well as what we made for this week.

My Shopping List:

grocery shoppingMixed Greens
Bell Pepper
Sweet Potato
Balsamic Vinegar
Almond Butter
Ground Lean Turkey
Lean Cuisines (for emergency)
Egg Whites/Egg Beaters
Granola (for sprinkling o yogurt)
Dasani Drops
Soy Sauce
Light Balsamic Dressing
Roasted Almonds
Kosher Dill Pickles
100 Calorie Popcorn
130 Calorie Packs of Pistachios
Starbucks Coffee
Sugar Free Creamer
Greek Yogurt Snack Packs
Low-Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sticks
Anderson Pretzel Stix
Beef Jerky
4 Gallons of Water

Once I get my groceries, then I prepare the meat. My focus is to have a meat and one vegetable for each meal. I save my higher-carb items (like sweet potato) for lunches, and stick to leafy greens with a meat at night.

Meat for the Week

Grilled Filleted Fajita Lime Chicken
Large Grilled Salmon with Ginger and Wasabi
Grilled Tilapia with Lemon & Mojo Mama Blacked Dry MOJO
Roasted Curry Chicken & Vegetables
Breadless Low-Calorie Turkey Meatloaf
Curry Chicken Salad

As always, I played in the kitchen and created meals based on what I was in the mood for. I rarely follow recipes, and I almost never measure anything, unless I am following a recipe. So, bare with me as I try to recall what I did, in hopes it at least gets you on the right track. 🙂

Cook Healthy to Eat Healthy

curry chicken roastRoasted Curry Chicken
Chicken Breast (I cooked 8-10)
1 Can Lite Coconut Milk

2 Onions Sliced Thick
2 Sweet Potato (peeled and diced in 2″ chunks)
3 Bell Peppers Sliced Thick
2 Cans Water Chestnuts
A Butt-Load of Curry Powder 🙂
Sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper to add zip
Sprinkle Stevia to sweeten (to taste)
Salt to taste

Put in a roaster or crock pot. After the food is done, I add more stevia, curry and salt until I get the taste I want, which is a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. If it’s too sweet, you may need more salt to balance it.

After the chicken was all done and absorbed the yummy flavors of the curry and vegetables, I took out 3 breasts and chopped them up in cubes for a curry chicken salad. Here is what I put in it.

Curry Chicken Salad

curry chicken salad3 Chicken Breast
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup light mayo (or yogurt) 
1 C chopped grapes
1 T stevia
1 T curry powder
salt & pepper
Cucumber (optional)

Mix it all up and pop it in the fridge to chill. Cut a cucumber in half, longways, and scoop out the seeds with a tablespoon until it makes a nice boat. Serve the chicken salad on the cucumber boat. Serve with wheat thins if you are serving guests. Dieters skip the chips and just enjoy it as is.

Think Outside the Oven: 7 Ways To Cook Meat

We all get stuck in a cooking rut at times. We are such creatures of habits, we often forget their are other options outside of normal cooking routine – especially when cooking meat. To fix our rut, we often look for new recipes when we may need a new cooking method altogether.

When meat is cooked right, you barely need anything on it to make it taste great. For a dieter, that is key. The fewer ingredients, the fewer calories. So, I asked my facebook and twitter friends their favorite way to cook meat, they spoke out – and shared some great ideas.Here are 7 cooking methods to freshen up your meals and excite your taste buds (without packing on the pounds).

1.) Green Egg Smoker (&169) – Can we say Christmas Present? Yes, “I waaant thaaat”.

2. Crock Pot ($34-79) – Cook food while you sleep – this is my favorite way to cook. Cook chicken with Sweet Baby Rays’ BBQ sauce overnight and you’ll have an amazing mount of tasty meat by morning! (pictured left) Add vegetables and you have en entire meal without hardly breaking a sweat!

3. Wok ($59) – Cooking with a wok is great for people who don’t like the texture of one big chunk of meat, or like more flavor. Slice and dice up your favorite meat and veggies with a dash of olive oil and your favorite seasoning for a delicious quick fresh meal that packs a bunch of flavor in each bite.

4. Grill ($79 & up) – We grill up a bunch of meat every Monday for quick meals during the week. We keep the grill low, and cook the meat slow. Add big chunks of pineapple, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, tomato, zucchini, eggplant or asparagus too!

5. Rotisserie  ($199) – Another item on my wish list. Just be sure to peel the skin off before you eat it to save calories. The more options you have, the less bored you’ll become.

6. Roaster ($44) – Perfect for cooking Turkey on Thanksgiving Day, a roaster will keep lean meats moist and tender – and the big ones hold a ton of food so you can cook up several meals at once.

7. Indoor Grill ($59) – Not everyone has the space for an outdoor grill, so an indoor grill is the second best thing – or a quick fix in a rush. This was our primary way of cooking when we lived in our first apartment.

What is your favorite way to cook meat? Grill? Crock Pot? Oven? Stove Top? Join my facebook friends, and share your favorite cooking method below!

Kristin Hager Stones I love the crockpot..melts in your mouth.

The Get In Shape Girl grill or oven

Dee Spooner All of the above, keeps it interesting xx

Tara Finch Rotisserie

Steve Benway 1. Grill 2. Grill 3. Grill

Elle Curtin I like them all as long as it’s done right!

Alyssa Sterner Favorite is crock pot..but they all are delish!

Ma Ne Grilled… or smoked! Yum

Jennifer O’Keefe Grill is my absolute favorite by far (especially for Tandoori chicken, OMG!!)!

Kathy Cagnetta grilled!

Don Seymour Oven…….broil

Richard Cale Grill , george foreman grill, bake/broil, crock pot,

Bob Welch Burger King. (HAD to include his comment for a good laugh!)

Richard Cale Bk can grill stuff.. Well flame broil anyway

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