Dijon Grilled Pork Chops Healthy Dinner

6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 oz each)

Marinade: in small bowl mix brown sugar, mustard, apple juice & Worcestershire sauce. Place pork chops & 2/3 cup marinade in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag & turn to coat. Reserve remaining marinade; cover & refrigerate with pork 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat grill to medium high heat; lightly oil grill rack to prevent sticking. Remove chops from marinade bag – discard marinade. Grill chops, covered, to internal temperature 145 degrees, basting with reserved marinade during the last 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4
From prep to table 20 minutes plus overnight or 8 hours marinade

Chinese Pork Tenderloin Healthy Meal

3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespons stir-fry sauce
4 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)

Remove silver skin and excess fat on the pork tenderloin.
In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Place the pork in a shallow container with a lid; add half of the marinade. Turn pork to coat; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade for basting.
Drain marinade from pork and discard. Grill the pork, covered, over hot heat until a thermometer reads 160 degrees F and juices run clear, 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.
Serves 4
From prep to table 20 minutes plus 2 hours marinade time


Grilled Pork Chops with Honey-Soy Marinade

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 bone-in pork loin chops, 1 inch or thicker (boneless chops can be used)

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except the pork loin chops.
Place pork chops in a shallow glass or plastic dish, pour marinade over chops.  Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 1 hour.
Preheat grill to medium high heat – lightly oil grill grate to avoid sticking.
Remove chops from marinade and allow them to come to room temperature; reserve marinade.  Place chops on grill; cover and grill 6 to 7 minutes on a side, or until internal temperature is 145 degrees F.  Brush two or three times with marinade throughout the grilling process.  When finished, discard any remaining marinade.
Allow pork chops to rest 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4

Breaded Pork Chops – Easy Dinner

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
6 pork chops ½ inch thick, 6-8 oz each *
*Boneless or Bone-in – your choice

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and cheese.  Place dressing in another shallow dish.  Dip pork chops in dressing, then roll in crumb mixture.
Place in an ungreased 13×9 baking pan.  Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium, 155 degrees internal temp – remember that meat will still cook even after removing from the oven). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6
From prep to table 30 minutes

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta – Easy Dinner

8 oz uncooked penne pasta or other desired dry pasta
1 lb lean ground beef
6 to 10 bacon strips, diced
1 can (10.75 oz) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
½ cup water
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
warm bread, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain grease and set aside.
In same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain from grease on paper towel.  Discard grease and drippings remaining in skillet.
Add cooked, drained pasta to skillet.  Stir in the soup, water, beef and bacon, salt & pepper to taste; heat through.  Sprinkle with cheese and allow to melt – serve immediately.
Optional – Put all ingredients in a casserole (or bake in heavy skillet you have been using) – bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and starting to get crisp on top.  Sprinkle with the cheese and allow it to melt.  Remove from the oven and serve.
Optional sides – fresh salad and warm bread
Serves 4
From prep to table (oven method) 1 hour
From prep to table (skillet method) 30 minutes

Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin Stew


1 package pork tenderloins (pkg of 2) about 2 pounds total – remove silver skin and excess fat from tenderloins; then cut into 2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 large carrots, cut into ½ inch slices
2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 fresh thyme sprig
1/3 cup Greek olives (optional)
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Hot cooked mashed potatoes (optional)

After removing silver skin and excess fat, sprinkle the tenderloin pieces with salt and pepper; transfer to a 4 quart (minimum size) slow cooker.  Add the carrots, celery and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk broth and tomato paste; pour over vegetables.  Add plums, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and, if desired, olives.
Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Discard bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.  If desired, sprinkle stew with parsley and serve with potatoes.
Serves 8
Prep time 15 to 20 minutes
Cook on low 5 hours

Slow Cooker Pork Cubano Sandwiches

2 lbs pork tenderloin – remove silver skin and excess fat
2 lbs boneless pork shoulder

7 tablespoons stone-ground mustard, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 lb boneless ham or ham steak (fully cooked) cut into ½ inch cubes
1 jar (16 oz) whole baby dill pickles, undrained, sliced thick – keep juice
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
8 buns, split

Rub pork with 3 tablespoons mustard, season with pepper and place in a large 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.  Add ham and pickles, including the pickle juice.  Cover and cook on low until tender, turning halfway through, at about 3 hours, finish cooking another 3 hours (6 hours total cooking on low).
If pork shoulder was used, skim off fat and grease before shredding.
Shred pork with two forks.  Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture; cover and cook another 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
When ready to serve, slice buns and toast lightly in a toaster oven or broiler or grill.  Spread the remaining mustard evenly over cut sides.  Using a slotted spoon, top buns with meat mixture.
Serve immediately.
Serves 8
Prep time 30 15-20 minutes
Cook time 6 ½ hours

Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

½ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 4 boneless pork loin chops (8 oz each, 1 inch thick)
* Optional – Bone-In Pork Loin Chops can be substituted

In a large bowl, combine and mix all items except the pork chops.
Add pork chops, turn to coat – refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat grill medium heat.  Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.
Grill chops covered for 10-15 minutes on each side or until an internal thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4
From Prep to Table 25 to 30 minutes

Garlic Boneless Pork Roast

½ cup chopped fresh celery
½ medium green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 boneless pork loin roast (4 to 5 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix celery, green pepper, green onions and garlic.  Place the roast in a roasting pan, fat side up.  Make deep slits into top of roast.  Fill slits with vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle roast with salt and cayenne.
Roast until the meat reaches desired doneness (medium is 145 degrees F internal temp), 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.
Remove roast from oven; tent with foil.  Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
Serves 8
Prep to Table 90 minutes

Shirley’s Easy Baby Back Ribs

Thinking about doing Baby Back Ribs?  This is probably the easiest recipe for Baby Backs you will find and results in fall-off-the-bone  delicious ribs every time!

Pork Baby Back Ribs
Salt & Pepper
Your favorite BBQ sauce

After washing and drying the baby back ribs, salt and pepper as you prefer.
Using a racked baking pan, pour water in the bottom of the pan.  Place the baby backs on the rack – do not allow the ribs to touch the water – with the meaty side up.
Cover with aluminum foil – sealing it so that steam does not escape while baking, but ensuring to tent the foil so that it does not touch the ribs.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 3 hours.  Ribs should appear loose on the bones to go to the next step.
Either finish the ribs with the BBQ sauce in the oven, or on a grill.
Oven Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that is up – place back into the oven, uncovered, until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Turn the ribs over and spread BBQ sauce on the the remaining side and put back into the oven until the BBQ sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the oven.
Grill Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that will be face down on the BBQ grill until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Spread BBQ sauce on the remaining side, place it on the BBQ grill rack until the sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the grill.
The meat should almost fall off the bones.  Have additional warmed BBQ sauce on the side for those that want to dip their ribs.  Serve immediately.
A fresh salad and freshly baked garlic bread (on the grill or in the oven) are all you need with these Baby Back Ribs.

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