Pork Chops, Apples and Ice-Cream, Oh My!
May 11, 2017
We have had a lot of fighting in the evenings lately. I am chalking it up to school spring fever. Usually, this would result in me waiving the white flag by tossing fast food bags at my beasts of children. But that has not happened this year. And I cannot take credit.
The boy’s older sister has returned from the black hole of college for the summer and with her return we have shifted back into a normal dinner pattern. Now that I have another adult on my team at the dinner table, I feel that making dinner has become a little easier and more worthwhile as I know at least one other person besides me will generally be happy with my selection.
So even though my kitchen is often a battlefield, we are eating pretty well. This week I aimed for an easy protein, veggie everyone loves, comfort in warm bread and butter and a fruit dish that doubles as a dessert. These leftovers also work great to pack for lunch the next day. I know this as I inhaled my lunch at my desk between meetings today.
Here is my suggestion for the week and what you need to pick-up at the grocery store:
- Thin Cut Pork Chops - because they cook quickly on the stovetop and make for a nice light meal.
- A Meat Marinade – I chose McCormick Grill Mates single serving Hawaiian Grill marinade and marinated the pork chops while I was at work. I did not grill them, but cooked them on the stovetop.
- Broccoli Steamed Florets - even though they might be a little more expensive I always get the floret bag because inevitably we will throw away most of the broccoli cuts version it because no one wants to eat a bunch of broccoli stems.
- Bread from the Bakery- I like to try different types of bread from the bakery and the kids always like the variety. This time we chose pull apart garlic bread from the County Market bakery. It was loved by all.
- Apples – this made a great fruit side dish and we also used it as a topping for vanilla ice-cream (see the ingredients and recipe below).
The fried apples were simple and delicious (thank you to my co-worker Dave for another great idea). Here is the recipe:
Sometimes I add a cute picture of my kids smiling as they eat their dinner. I thought maybe I would give you some reality this week that you might relate to and appreciate. My younger son is attacking my older son for smiling without him. This is my life!
A Marketing Mom Striving to get out of the Fast Food Lane and into the Grocery Aisle