Teriyaki Pork Chops

We have a three day weekend upon us and I, for one, can totally use it.

A normal 30-something with a busy schedule and two smallish kids would take the three days and catch up on laundry and housework relax. But me? Noooo.

This weekend my almost-40 husband and I are backpacking for my sister’s 30th birthday. As in, ditching the kids at my parents’ farm and hiking in the Dolly Sods wilderness around a 13+ mile loop for three days with six people.

Because, who needs rest and relaxation? Not me.

And who needs running water and bathrooms? Me. Not me.

The views promise to be stunning, and the climate is supposed to match that of the Canadian wilderness. Check it out:

The 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.


We’re packing light, and that means clothes AND food. Hot dogs, rice, Ramen, peanut butter, bread and apples. And a water filter, because remember? Yeah. No running water.

And definitely not these yummy teriyaki pork chops we had a few nights ago.

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Teriyaki Pork Chops

Teriyaki Pork Chops

Teriyaki Pork Chops

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
These teriyaki pork chops will have you coming back for more - goes great with fried rice!

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 3/4)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 lime (juiced and zested)

Directions

Marinade
Whisk together 1/4 cup of olive oil, teriyaki sauce, lime juice & zest, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper in medium bowl.
Add the pork chops to the marinade in the bowl and make sure they are completely coated. Then, place the bowl into the fridge and let it chill for about 30 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and set it to warm over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Pull one chop out of the marinade, sprinkle it with sea salt, and then place it in the skillet. Repeat with the other 3 pork chops.
Let the teriyaki pork chops cook for 4 minutes, then flip them and continue cooking for an additional 4 minutes. Take the chops out of the pan and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

8 Minute Pork Chops & Minute® Rice | Easy Weeknight Dinner

As much as I’d like to use brown rice more, I still haven’t perfected my cooking techniques. It always turns out chewy and underdone. Meh.

White rice? No problem; light and fluffy every time.

I hear making amazingly tender brown rice is as simple as rinsing it well beforehand, and then cooking it French-style, in a big pot of salted boiling water and draining it after about 40 minutes. You know, like pasta.

But, first of all, who has that kind of time on a weeknight? By my calculations, that’s almost an hour for brown rice. RICE.

And so? We end up eating white rice.

Which, don’t get me wrong, I love. But I’d rather eat brown rice, because you know, it’s healthier.

I was recently given the opportunity to try Minute® Rice – any one of their varieties. As I skimmed the isle at the grocery store the other day, I said to myself, “Why not try brown rice…again.”

Thinking ahead to weeknights that are super busy for us right now, with lacrosse season in high gear, and my work getting busier by the day, I wanted something quick and easy.

Single serve containers that hold enough to actually serve two people as a side (in our house anyway).

And you microwave it. For only a minute.

Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, and also perfect to heat up quickly in the morning to add to a thermos in my daughter’s school lunch.

Although, in retrospect Minute® 100% Whole Grain Brown Rice would done the job on a busy weeknight too. If you like the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice, Minute® 100% Whole Grain Brown Rice is a delicious, healthy option, and it has the same nutritional values as regular long cooking brown rice, but is ready in just 10 minutes, just 1/4 the time of regular brown rice.

You can also have great tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes with Minute® White Rice. It’s easy to prepare and is the foundation to any healthy meal.

Tonight we tried the Minute® Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice, and the kids LOVED it.

Paired with quick 8-minute seared pork chops, and steamed green peas, it was dinner in about…oh…TEN MINUTES. You can’t get fast food that quick!

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8-Minute Seared Pork Chops

with Minute® Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice

 

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Prep: 1 minute | Cook: 8 minutes | Serves: 2

Ingredients:
2 boneless pork chops (1/2″ thick)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice
1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon Yum Yum Sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
1/2 cup frozen peas

 

Directions:
Add the olive oil to a medium skillet, and then warm it over medium-high heat for 1 minute.

Meanwhile, sprinkle one side of the pork chops with garlic salt and pepper.

Place the pork chops seasoned-side down on the preheated pan, sprinkle the other side with more garlic salt and pepper, and then let them cook for 4 minutes.

While they’re cooking, add the peas to a small pot of water, cover, and bring them to a boil. Then, turn the heat to low, keep them covered, and let them finish cooking while you make the rest of the meal.

After the 4 minutes is up, flip the chops, and continue cooking them for another 4 minutes. Remove them from the pan, and let them rest on a plate while you make the rice – they should be seared nicely, with a beautiful golden brown crust.

 

Microwave the container of Minute® Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice according to package instructions.

 

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Serve the pork chops with peas and Minute® Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice on the side. I like the rice with a little butter, my husband adds butter and soy sauce, my daughter prefers Yum Yum Sauce, and my son loves soy sauce by itself. Whatever floats your boat!

Minute® Rice is so quick and easy to prepare and is great pantry staple. When meal time seems like a hassle, Minute® Rice is a go-to ingredient your whole family will love and allows you to have more quality time doing what your want with your loved ones.

Leftover rotisserie chicken or veggies from a meal earlier in the week? Minute® Rice can easily be paired with some of your leftover ingredients to make a quick, easy and wholesome meal your whole family will love in just a matter of minutes.

Visit http://www.minuterice.com/ to create a great main meal or side dish for your next family get-together or potluck.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post, and in addition, I was given a coupon for free Minute® Rice. All opinions are my own!

Juicy Skillet Fried Thick-Cut Pork Chops

How to make Juicy Skillet Fried Pork Chops

I was flipping by Food Network the other day and managed to catch an episode of “Good Eats” where Alton Brown was busy searing a couple of thick pork chops in preparation for a few hours’ roasting in a slow cooker. He had sliced apples and caramelized onions ready to go, along with a pan sauce lovingly finished off with butter and scraped bits from the bottom of the pan.

It looked wonderful – warm and comforting. A recipe I’m going to tuck away until fall’s crisp, blustery evenings roll in….

But those pork chops! Thick, juicy and seared just enough to make a nice crust; we needed to have those NOW, with summer accouterments like salad and corn on the cob.

Yes. Exactly that. An easy dinner recipe for a weeknight summer supper.

How to make Juicy Skillet Fried Pork Chops

Juicy Skillet Fried Thick-Cut Pork Chops
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 thick cut, bone-in pork chops*
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat (on a heat scale of 1 to 10, I have my burner set around 7 since they'll be in the pan for such a long time).
  2. Sprinkle half the salt and pepper to one side of the chops. When the butter has melted and started to foam, add the chops to the skillet seasoned-side down. Season the other side with the remaining salt and pepper.
  3. Allow the chops to sear for 5 minutes, and then flip the chops. Continue cooking them on the second side for 10 minutes, and then flip the chops one more time. Cook for 5 minutes more, and then remove the chops to a plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. *Set the pork chops out on the counter for about 20 minutes prior to cooking so that they warm to room temperature; this ensures that they're evenly cooked, all the way to the center.

 

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