If you can’t tell, my family has been on a pork chop kick lately since “Christina” gave us a bunch of chops and ham steaks from when they purchased a pig last year. The challenge has been to find different ways to make the pork so that I am not feeding my family the same recipe over and over.
One thing I love to make and eat is breaded chicken but I have never done this with pork before. Hey, it should taste just as good right? Oh it did taste so good! The combination of the bread crumbs, brown sugar and a little bit lemon juice makes this a savory with a touch of sweet pork chops. It pairs well with potatoes, egg noodles or rice really nicely.
Brown Sugar Breaded Baked Pork Chops
- 4-6 pork chops
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or non stick spray
- 3 cloves garlic sliced or chopped
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons onion flakes
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh lemon
- Set oven to 350 degrees. Spray or coat a deep baking dish with oil. Set 2 bowls aside
- In one bowl, whisk the 2 eggs. In the other bowl, mix garlic, onion flakes, bread crumbs, brown sugar, salt and pepper together.
- Dip the chops in the egg wash then into the breading mixture. Place the chops in the dish.
- Drizzle the lemon juice over each chop.
- Bake on the bottom rack for 30 minutes. Switch to the top rack for 15 minutes to crisp the breading up. If your pork chops are thicker please allow for longer cooking times.
- Pair with your favorite sides and enjoy a nice meal with your family!
For most of my life I was intimidated by cooking because it seemed so complicated to make a meal worth eating and tasted good. So many pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets to use and I didn’t know what I was doing. Which pot was the correct one? Which utensil was correct? How did you use this gadget or that? Plus, it seemed to take me FOREVER to cook a single dinner.
For years, I have had a couple of key meals that I knew how to make and they tasted great like my chicken paprikash. Pasta was a weekly, sometimes more than once a week, staple meal in my house because it was easy and you really can’t fail at it. Add that to my breakfast for dinner like pancakes or eggs with a side meat. That was 2 simple meals that were fast and edible. The rest of the time we would eat out… we have kept our local pizza and chinese places busy for many years now.
Since I barely ate through my pregnancy with Evie because of my hyperemesis gravidarum, I wanted to eat everything in sight after I gave birth. The thing was, I no longer wanted to eat the quick meals that I was used to cooking everday. I wanted foods with more flavor. I wanted the meals that they cook on my favorite cooking show… The Chew!
All of the cooking shows that Danyella and I watch make cooking look soooo easy! So, I decided it was time to get out of my comfort zone and start cooking real meals. I have come up with some really delicious chicken and pork meals like my Mushroom Pork Chops and Baked Lemon Chicken Printable Recipe .
My Instant Pot has made it so easy to make delicious meals without getting completely overwhelmed. I love to experiment with different veggies and flavors. I can’t wait until my herb garden grows so I can start adding fresh herbs rather than dried herbs to my dishes. Plus, once we have our veggies grow over the Summer, I can incorporate even more fresh veggies into our meals.
Not only have we been able to put the take out menus away (ok we eat out about once every 2 weeks because somedays its just easier to let someone else cook!) but we have saved money because it costs us less to eat in then out. I try to cook at least 5 times a week with one night for leftovers (I hate wasting the food) and one free night where I don’t cook (aka find a box of cereal and be happy!). I hope that I can continue to enjoy cooking and learn new skills to make delicious meals for my friends and family.
Drop a link to your favorite recipes for me to try in the comments below!
With the start of my garden, I have been craving veggie based meals to feed my family. Then our local grocery store had ground beef on sale. Instead of using the beef for Taco Tuesday, I decided to make Stuffed Peppers because it was satisfy my veggie craving while making something different for the family.
Being obsessed with my Instant Pot, I adapted my recipe to be made in my Instant Pot so that I could just set it and do something else while it cooked. This was super easy and yummy to eat. I hope your family enjoys it as well!
Stuffed Peppers Instant Pot Recipe
An easy and healthy meal made in your pressure cooker.
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 2 cups of rice, cooked
- 4-6 peppers
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes WITH sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- Cut the tops of the peppers off and clean the insides from seeds. The, chop the pepper tops up to be added to the mixture.
- Set the Instant Pot to saute and saute peppers, onions and garlic until translucent. Drain oil from pot.
- In a bowl, mix ground beef, rice, onions, peppers, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Stuff the peppers with the mixture. Set the peppers on the insert in the Instant Pot. You do not want to set the pepper directly into the pot without the insert!
- Place some of the diced tomatoes and sauce on top of each pepper. Add the rest to the pot along with a 1/2 can of water from the tomato can.
- Set the Instant Pot to manual for 12 minutes. This is when I like to make additional rice because I like my mixture with the tomato sauce and rice on the side.
- When the peppers are done cooking, open the top and add the cheese on top of the peppers. Place the top back on for 2 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
- Serve and enjoy!