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Going to start this post off with a little Friday link love from nutrition related posts around the blogosphere I enjoyed.

I always look forward to Mark’s Daily Apple’s Friday success story, today’s was great, as usual.

Tom over at Fat Head had an interesting and entertaining post on Citizen Scientists.

A very interesting article by Dr. Mark Hyman titled Gluten: What you don’t know might kill you

And last but not least, Naturally Engineered brings us 5 People Debunking the Conventional Theories on Cholesterol and Heart Disease (I especially enjoyed Chris Kresser’s videos on statins)

Now time for the recipes!

Note here, I loved the coconut roasted brussels sprouts, but they definitely had a mild coconut flavor to them, so if you prefer not to have that I suggest coating in butter, ghee, or bacon lard instead.  

Ingredients:

Pork Chops

  • I used 6 very thin cut boneless pork chops for 2 of us. Larger or thicker chops just use the quantity you will need to feed the number of people in your group and add cooking time
  • 3 strips of bacon chopped
  • 1 large apple diced
  • 1 small onion or half a large onion finely chopped
  • Dried thyme, sea salt, and pepper

Brussels Sprouts

  • 3 strips of bacon chopped
  • Unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 2 pounds of brussels sprouts (this will make a lot, you will have leftovers for 2 people)
  • Sea salt and pepper

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees (I used roast option on mine and these came out very good)

Wash brussels sprouts and cut off end of sprout and cut in half then put in a big bowl

Put coconut oil in the microwave for a few minutes to liquify

Pour some oil over brussels sprouts and then stir to coat sprouts well. Add more oil if needed, I probably used about a quarter cup for 2 pounds.

Spread out on foiled baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Put into oven for about 20-30 minutes until nicely roasted (if you are not making the pork chops with this, when sprouts go into oven, sautee 3 pieces of chopped bacon in pan until crispy. Sprinkle across brussels sprouts for last 5 minutes of roasting)

Add any seasoning to taste when they come out of the oven

When sprouts go into oven get your pork chops and hash going.

Put the 6 pieces of chopped bacon into sautee pan and sautee over medium heat until cooked, but not too crispy. Remove half to plate for brussels sprouts and set aside to add to those the last 5 minutes or so of roasting.

Add to pan with the other half of bacon your chopped onion and apple

Sprinkle with dried thyme, salt and pepper

Sautee for about 10 minutes until onion and and apple are very soft

Remove bacon, apple, and onion hash to bowl and set aside (cover with foil to keep warm if you have thick pork chops that will require more cooking time)

Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper then put into pan – cook each side for about 3 minutes (very thin ones) until nicely browned and cooked through

Remove to plate, serve with hash on top and a big side of brussels sprouts! Yummy!


I woke up today so happy it was Friday… until it dawned on me that it was only Thursday. Really? On a good note though, it is supposed to be a gorgeous day here today and I am planning on taking a nice long walk at lunch. Unfortunately will have to continually repeat to  myself “must stay away from Ann Taylor, must stay away from Ann Taylor.” It is like a magnetic pull when 40% off everything is going on. For any of you who live by a Limited, my friend Sarah said that they have some cute stuff and great sales going on through the end of the week as well so you might want to stop by – fortunately that is at least one store not downtown to tempt me! Supposedly we are getting a City Target downtown at some point, when that happens I am really in trouble…

Today’s outfit was built around this sweater skirt that I picked up on sale along with a coupon they sent for my birthday so I think I paid maybe $35 for it. Let me tell you, a sweater skirt, while fun & different, is a little harder to style than a sweater dress. Normally when I wear a skirt I find that I either have to tuck in a blouse or define my waist with a belt to get the proportions right. But since this skirt is on the shorter side, I actually think it works with a little bit of a longer top. I’m going to have to play around and try a few different combos with this piece though – thinking for weekend maybe it will work with my wedge boots, a long sleeve black tee and the faux fur vest I have yet to wear.

How would you wear a sweater skirt? I need ideas!

(ps, sorry my hair looks like crap today – I decided sleep was more important and literally just brushed it out, don’t we all have those days?)

Skirt – Loft (similar), Sweater – Banana Republic (similar), Tights – Spanx Tight End, Shoes – Circa Joan & David, Necklace – Premier Designs

And going to combine a little food post in here too, hence the fashion and food. Last night’s dinner was delicious! Check out these recipes I made – Bacon and Apple stuffed pork chops and Sauteed Broccolini. As far as the broccolini goes, I wouldn’t bother with the ice bath, just take broccolini straight from boiling water and into sautee pan – yummy!


Onions and Apples are a go to for me when putting together a pork chop recipe. I happened to have both of these on hand (apples aren’t a staple for us) but I needed something to do with my pork chops and I wanted to use the Crockpot so I came up with this! Turned out quite delicious and it was quite simple – win, win.

Ingredients:

6 boneless pork chops

2 apples

2 small sweet onions or 1 large

Salt, Pepper, and Thyme for seasoning

3/4 cup of chicken broth

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

1. Dice up apples and onions into chunks and spread in bottom of Crockpot

2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme

3. Put pork chops on top of apple and onions

4. Mix chicken broth and apple cider together and pour over pork chops and veggies

5. Sprinkle pork chops with salt, pepper, and thyme

6. Cook on low for 8 hours of on high for 4

And here it is when finished in Crockpot

I flipped the chops over when I got home so the juices could sink into the side up while I made Broccoli Blasted and here is our dinner! Just spoon the apple and onion sauce on top of your chops. Next time I would serve the broccoli in small bowls on the side instead of the plates so the juices don’t make it uncrispy – but it was still very tasty!

 



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