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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pork Chop Adobo

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As a mother, there is nothing more important than putting a delicious and healthy meal on the table for my wonderful family!!  No wait, a SIMPLE, delicious and healthy meal!  Working from home with a 5 year old and a 2 year old running around means I need to make as many things as I can as easy as I can!  (Who knows what they are going to surprise me with next!)  I am sure many of you know what I am talking about.  Like laundry for example.  A task that will usually take me ten minutes turns into a half hour.  I learn quick though.  When they see me go for the clothes in the dryer it is instant "we want to fold them".  So, I grab them and throw them on the living room floor and say OK fold them for mommy.  This gives me at least 15 minutes to go get something else on my list done.  When I see that they have lost interest in the pile of clothes, it is my turn to quickly get it done and since they are bored with it by now, I don't have to worry about playing the refolding game 5 times over.

I have my days where I don't mind playing the refolding game over and over, I am spending special time with my little ones who pretty soon I will have to bribe with an allowance to get any help out of them.  Same goes with dinner.  Some days I don't mind if dinner takes a while to put together.  I love to cook.  But other days, I know there is just not going to be enough time and if I try to do some fancy meal, I will just end up stressing myself out. Pork Chop Adobe is a quick and healthy dinner, with delicious flavors that leave them thinking you put a lot more effort into it then you did.  Hope you like it!!

Pork Chop Adobo

3-4 boneless, organic pork chops
3 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup low-sodium Tamari soy sauce (gluten free option)...
OR Bragg Liquid Aminos sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cracked black peppercorns
1 bay leaf

    Step 1: Add olive oil to a medium frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add chicken thighs and cook until lightly browned on both sides.  Remove chicken from pan and transfer to a plate and set aside.

    Step 2: In same frying pan, add garlic and saute until soft over low heat.  Add apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, black peppercorns, and bay leaf. Stir well before adding chicken back to pan and cook, covered for 20 minutes.

    Step 3: Uncover pan, increase heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, occasionally spooning sauce over chicken, until sauce begins to thicken and chicken is tender and glazed with sauce.  Remove bay leaf and serve.

    This is also AMAZING with boneless, skinless organic chicken thighs!! Yummy!!

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