Category Archives: Pork

Meatballs in Mushroom Cream Sauce

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I’ve always loved this dish, only when I was a little girl, we used to use Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. This was delicious but now I like to know what’s in my food, so I try to make everything from scratch. This recipe is delicious and just as good as that other stuff!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground pork (or ground Italian sausage without fennel)

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 onion (1/2 sliced and 1/2 diced)

1 clove minced garlic

1/3 c. bread crumbs (high quality)

1 egg, beaten

1 t. Italian seasonings or Herbs de Provence (your preference)

1 T. Worchestershire sauce

2 c. sliced mushrooms

2 T. flour

1 c. beef or chicken broth

1 c. fat free milk

1/4 fat free sour cream

Directions:

Saute the minced onions and garlic in some olive oil. Place into a bowl. Add the meats, bread crumbs, egg, Worchestershire, and spices. Using your hands, mix altogether until well combined. Form meatballs about the size of a ping pong ball (or slightly smaller).

In a frying pan, heat some oil and brown the meatballs well on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add the sliced onions and the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and all the liquid has evaporated. Add the flour and stir. Cook for a few minutes. Add the broth. Whisk in the milk and sour cream. Bring to a boil.

Return the mushrooms to the pan and reduce the heat. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, making sure that the liquid doesn’t dry out too much. Season to taste.

Serve over some rice or pasta or mashed potatoes.

 

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Pork & Ramen

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This was really good and tasty. I would cut the pork strips really skinny.

Ingredients:

1/4 c. soy sauce

2 T. ketchup

2 T. worchestershire sauce

2 t. sugar

Red pepper flakes

1 lb. boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1/2 strips

1 c. broccoli florets

1 bag coleslaw mix

Garlic

2 pkg. (3 oz  each) Ramen noodles

Directions:

Cook Ramen noodles as directed. Set aside.

Whisk the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Cook the pork in some olive oil until no longer pink. Remove from pan.

Add some remaining oil and cook the broccoli for about 3 minutes. Add the coleslaw mix and garlic. Stir fry for a few minutes until the broccoli is crisp tender. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and the pork. Heat through.

Add the noodles to the pan and mix altogether.

 

Pork Chops with Vermouth and Capers

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Really good but be really careful not to overcook the pork chops!

10 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

4 boneless center cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)

1 c. thinly sliced shallots (about 2 shallots)

2 T. butter

1/2 c. vermouth

1/4 c. chicken broth

2 T. capers, rinsed

Parsley

Directions:

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook until browned on both sides. Cook until the chops register 145. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the shallots and 1 T. butter to the skillet. Cook until the shallots and soft and golden.

Add the vermouth and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken broth and capers. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the parsley and remaining 1 T. butter and stir until the butter has melted. Serve over the pork chops.

10 Smart Points

Chorizo & Bell Pepper Tacos

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Ingredients:

8 oz. ground pork

2 oz. Mexican chorizo, sliced

3 c. sliced onions

2 c. sliced peppers

1/2 t. cumin

1/2 t. chili powder

Tortillas

Toppings:

Avocado

Red onions

Queso fresco

Cilantro

Lime

Directions:

Cook the pork and chorizo until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

In the same pan, add the onions, peppers, cumin, chili powder and salt. Cook until tender. Return pork mixture to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

Serve in a tortilla and top with the various toppings.

 

Pork Cacciatore

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This was pretty good – and a different take on Cacciatore using pork instead.

5 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points (4 servings)

Ingredients:

12 oz. pork tenderloin, cut into chunks

3 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 bell pepper, cut into chunks

8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced or quartered

1 c. marinara sauce

Rosemary to taste

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Coat a pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper. Cook the pork until browned. Remove to a plate.

Add more cooking spray. Add the potatoes, onions, and 1/2 cup water. Cook, scraping up the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers, mushrooms, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables are browned. Add more water if they start of stick. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Stir in the marinara sauce, pork, and 1/4 water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the pork is cooked through (about 7 minutes).

Grilled Pork Chops

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These were really good – and always, really easy! The important thing is to plan ahead and marinate them for at least 6 hours!

Ingredients:

2 bone in pork chops

1/3 c. white vinegar, divided

1/3 c. soy sauce

2 T. brown sugar

2 T. canola oil

2 bay leaves

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 serano chile, seeds removed (wear gloves!)

1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

Combine 2 T. vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, bay leaves, red onions and serano chile in a Ziploc bag. Add the pork chops and mix well to coat the chops. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.

Remove the pork chops and onions from the bag. Strain the liquid into a sauce pan, discarding the solids.

Add the rest of the vinegar to the strained marinade. Reduce it down to about half on the stove, resulting in a syrupy consistency.

Heat the grill. Grill the chops well on both sides, brushing them with the reduce marinade.

Plate the chops. Top with the onions and green onions. Pour the remaining marinade over the top.

Baby Back Ribs

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These were delicious – the sauce was great and really easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 rack of baby back ribs

1 c. red wine

1 c. brown sugar

1/4 apple cider vinegar

1/4 t. allspice

1 c. tomato sauce

3 T. tomato paste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250. Cover a baking dish with some foil. Pat the ribs dry with a towel. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place them in the baking dish. Add about 1/2 c. water to the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake them for about 2 hours.

In the meantime, make the sauce by combining all the other ingredients into a sauce pan. Simmer the sauce for at least 45 minutes.

Remove the ribs from the dish and pour out the water and accumulated fat.

Raise the oven temperature to 350.

Return the ribs to the same foil lined baking dish. Brush both sides of the ribs with a generous amount of sauce. Cook for 15 minutes. Brush with more sauce and cook for 15 minutes more.