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Grilled Pork Chops and Veggie with Pineapple Salsa

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This was the meal we opened the grill up with this year. Light, healthy and so flavorful! I love salsa, they pack a big punch of flavor without a lot of calories. And this salsa I made was with canned fruit, so it’s easy and cheap! Plus no peeling a pineapple, trying to get the core out and making a mess, thank you canned pineapple!

I made the salsa first.  I drained the pineapple but saved the juice because I used it in the marinade for the pork, waste not, want not!

I mixed the pineapple with some jalapeno pepper and onion.  I used 1/2 the pepper in the marinade for the pork and the rest in the salsa. The red onion I used 1/4 in the salsa and the rest in the grill veggies I made to go along with the pork, so you won’t waste anything making this recipe. Add a little lime juice and salt and pepper and salsa made! I used the tidbit pineapple so no chopping the pineapple up!

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The pork marinated in the pineapple juice, lime juice, jalapeno pepper slices and sprinkled the pork with cumin, red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.

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Everything marinated for about 4 or 5 hours, then off to the grill

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I just combined some veggies in disposal trays for our sides and this is a great thing to do with kids, my daughter doesn’t like peppers, so I made mine with peppers, onions, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes and I made hers with onions, zucchini, garlic and mushrooms, so everyone can customize them the way you want.  Just add a little olive oil, salt and pepper and throw them on the grill with everything else.

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Grill Pork Chops with Veggies and Pineapple Salsa

4 boneless pork chops

1/4 cup of lime juice

pineapple juice from the canned pineapple you use in the salsa

1/2 a jalapeno pepper sliced

4 TBSP. olive oil

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. red pepper

salt & pepper

Mix together spices and sprinkle over pork chops, then in a ziplock bag combine juices, jalapeno and oil and place the pork chops in and marinade for 4 to 8 hours.

Salsa

1/2 can of drained tidbit pineapple

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and de-ribbed and dice finely

1 TBSP. diced red onion

1 TBSP. lime juice

salt & pepper

Combine everything and refrigerate until you serve the pork chops

After the pork has marinated on a medium hot grill, cook pork chops for 5 to 6 minutes per side until thermometer reads 160.

This recipe was shared at The Country Cooks Potluck Party

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Vegetable Beef Soup and a Money Saving Tip!

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This was a part of my weekend adventure in cooking. Soup! It was so good, we got 11 inches of snow where I live Saturday, so I cooked all day. It was fun to stay home and just cook and hang out, because we couldn’t go anywhere.  The snow kinda happen perfect, we went out Friday night and stayed home the rest of the weekend.  We had plenty of food and a warm house and 2 fun girls to take outside and play with!

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They had a little soup too and thought it was quite tasty! Here’s the money-saving tip I’m going to give you about stew or soup meat.  If you go to the store and see a cheap steak or a steak that’s been marked down because the need to sell it, buy it, and freeze it and when you want to make soup, pull it out and cut it into small chunks and you’ll save yourself a ton of money.  Whenever I price stew meat, I nearly have a heart attack at the price.  And  that’s what the butcher does, is he takes a cheap piece of meat, cuts it into pieces and marks it up!.  Please do not worry too much about how you cut it up, it’s going to cook for a long time, either in a slow cooker or on the stove, so it will be tender and you’ll save big time for about 5 minutes worth of work.

Steak actually cuts easier if it’s slightly frozen, so if you’re just taking it out of the freezer, slice it into chunks before it completely thaws.

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I got a pound of little round steaks marked down a couple of months ago for around $3.00 and Saturday morning, I took them out of the freezer, let them thaw a little on the counter, and while they were still slightly frozen I cut them up into chunks.

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I put a little olive oil, the steak, some celery and onion and browned everything in the bottom of a dutch oven.

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Add some beef broth, vegetable-beef-soup-12

a bag of frozen veggies

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a can of tomatoes, a can of water and a couple of potatoes cut into chunks.  It’s important that when you start with the beef, you salt and pepper, and when you add the veggies, broth, tomatoes and potatoes you add salt  and pepper again.  Everything you’re adding, except the broth is bland, with no seasoning, so seasoning as you go along helps flavor everything.

I brought it up to a boil(wished I had used a bigger pot….hindsight!) turned it down to simmer, and let it hang out on the stove for a couple of hours.  If you were using a slow cooker, you could brown you meat and then dump everything in the crock pot, or you could just dump everything without brown the meat, if you do this, omit the olive oil.

This is a great meal for a cold and snowy day.  Just add biscuits, sandwiches or a salad for a great dinner.

Another great thing to do on a cold and snowy day

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Potpourri, just combine cinnamon sticks, an orange and some cloves in a pot of small slow cooker with water and your house will smell amazing!

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 TBSP. olive oil

1 lb. of steak, cut into chunks

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cups beef broth

1 14.5 can of dice tomatoes

1 16 oz. bag of mixed vegetables

3 medium potatoes, diced

1 can of water(use the tomato can)

salt & pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil, add steak, celery and onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until brown, then add broth, tomatoes, vegetables, potatoes, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bring it to a boil, and turn to low and let it just simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, as taste before serving to see if you need to add more salt or pepper.  In a slow cooker, you can still brown your meat in a skillet and then dump everything in the slow cooker or just dump everything in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. And always taste to see if it needs seasoning.

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Spinach and mixed berry smoothie


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This is my attempt to start the year off right, however, at this moment there’s coconut cakes baking in my oven, so eating right could be short lived! coconut-cakes-smoothie-056

I think they turned out pretty cute!  They were thank you gifts for people I didn’t get to see on Christmas.  The stomach flu and sinus infections have stopped at our house and so far someone has missed every holiday since Thanksgiving! I completely skipped Christmas 🙁 On a healthy note, I didn’t over eat at Christmas and actually having a smoothie is pretty much all I’ve done for breakfast since Christmas.

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I like to start out with oats, just pop them in the bottom of the blender and grind them up.  Some people do protein powder, but I always have oats and they really fill me up and I just feel better about it, because I know what’s in it, oats!

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Then add spinach and water and give it a whirl

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One frozen banana

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Then some mixed fruit, give it a whirl and serve it up with a straw.  It keeps me satisfied until lunch time, I hope it does the same for you!

Spinach and mixed berry Smoothie

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup spinach

1 cup water

1 frozen banana

1 cup mixed frozen fruit (I like blueberries, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango whatever)

1 tsp of flax-seed or chia seeds

extra water to thin out

Add oats to blender and blend until fine dust, add spinach and water and blend. Add banana and fruit, blend.  Add water until pourable.