Not exactly cooking, but…..

….so simple and delicious!

I have been pretty lazy lately about going to the grocery store. For some reason, I have lacked the motivation. Which is unusual because typically I love going grocery shopping!! So, needless to say, I am down to bare bones with what to cook.

Again, I laid out some chicken breast to thaw with barely a clue of what I was going to make. When I came home from work I scoured my pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what I could come up. I found some steam-ready green beans and a jar of Alfredo sauce, and this is what I created!

Weeknight Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients:

2 cups short cut whole grain pasta, uncooked (like penne or rotini)
1 jar light Alfredo sauce
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 pkg frozen steam-ready green beans
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in sauté pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook 7-8 minutes until cooked through. Halfway through, add minced garlic.

Cook green beans according package directions. Add to sauté pan. Stir to combine. Pour half of the Alfredo sauce into sauce pan. Stir.

Drain pasta and add to chicken and green beans. Add remaining sauce. Stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.

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ENJOY!! 🙂

This is a first!

I am always cooking with chicken or fish, and posting those recipes! But……I love pork too! I just try not to eat too much of it. In fact, one of my all-time favorite dishes is pork and sauerkraut. My grandma says we have to eat it every New Year’s Day for good luck the Reston the year. My mouth is watering now just thinking about pork and sauerkraut! Hehe!! 🙂

Tonight I tried something I had never done with pork chops. I stuffed them!

Greek Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients:

2 bone-in pork chops, thick cut (at least 1/2 inch)
2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 reduced fat feta cheese crumbles
1 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cooking spray (I used Cisco Olive Oil flavor.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray bottom of 8×8 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, feta, basil, and sundried tomatoes.

Using a knife, cut pocket in pork chop (like in stuffed chicken). Being sure not to cut through any sides of the pork chop.

Dividing the cheese mixture equally, stuff it into each of the pork chops. Seal with 1-2 toothpicks (dependent on the size of your pocket opening).

Season one side of pork chop with salt and pepper. Place seasoned side down in greased baking dish. Spray top of pork chops lightly with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes (depending on pork chop thickness). Remove from oven and transfer to a plate. Cover with foil and let it rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

**Recipe adapted from: Grilled Pork Chop

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Along with the stuffed pork chops I served a mixture of green beans and wax beans. I purchased one package of each from my produce section. They came in “ready to steam” packages.

Lemon Beans

Ingredients:

1 8 oz package “steam ready” green beans (fresh, not frozen)
1 8 oz package “steam ready” wax beans (fresh, not frozen)
1 1/2 tbs fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Prepare beans according to package directions. Mine required cutting small slit in package, and then microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Once beans are cooked, place in a bowl. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

**Recipe Inspiration: Martha Stewart

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This was a delicious and simple meal. It would be a perfect weeknight meal for 2!!!

ENJOY!! 🙂