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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

Healthy and Cost Cutting Tacos

 

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I’ve fallen of so many wagons recently, it’s time I start getting myself back together in so many ways.  I need to start eating healthy again, I need to blog again. house cleaning, the list goes on and on.

 

But one thing I can control, is what I’m eating, and these healthy tacos were a great place to start.  I know my family’s going to think I’ve lost my mind(this isn’t a new thing LOL) but by adding beans to the mixture, you not only make them healthier, but you can make them cheaper!  Plus I think it makes them a lot better, they’re creamier and I loved the texture. Win Win!

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They’re super tasty, and they are great in salads or on a taco shell. Hopefully they will make an appearance on your table soon!

Healthier and Cheaper Tacos

1/2 lb. ground turkey

15 oz. can of black beans

1 pkg taco seasoning, or make them even healthier and make this homemade taco seasoning

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup of salsa

Brown turkey in a large skillet, when cooked through add the  package of taco seasoning or 2 TBSP of the homemade taco seasoning, water and salsa.  Simmer for another 10 minutes or until thicken.  Serve with cheese, chips, shells or on a salad.

 

 

Peanut Butter Trifles

Peanut Butter Triffles

I made these little trifles for Super Bowl, but they’d be equally delicious for a Valentine Day dessert, or say because it’s Wednesday and you want something good!

Any of those excuses work, but make them because they are soooo good, a little time-consuming, but so worth it.

 

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They started with a brownie crust.  Just use a box crust and cut them into chunks and pop them in a trifle bowl or little cups. And if you’ll notice in the picture are chopped up Reese Cups, yeah they’re the next layer……yum

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Then you take a couple of boxes of vanilla pudding, some milk, peanut butter and Cool Whip to make a cheesecake/mousse fillingweekend cooking 017

Top off with some whip cream, homemade or more Cool Whip and some chopped up Reese Cups

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The perfect dessert for whatever reason you come up with!

 

Peanut Butter Trifles

Brownie mix and ingredients to make brownies

1 large box or 2 small boxes of vanilla pudding mix

3 cups of milk

1/2 cup of peanut butter

8 oz. Cool Whip

1/2 of Heavy whipping cream*

3 TBSP sugar*

1 tsp. vanilla*

Mini Reese Cup and Small Reese Cups

Make brownies according to box directions, cool and cube. In a large bowl with a mix, beat pudding mix and milk about 2 minutes until very thick.  Add peanut butter and mix until just combined.  Fold in Cool Whip. In cups or a large bowl, add cubed brownies, top with some chopped Reese Cups, then spoon or pipe in peanut butter filling.

In a bowl add whipping cream and whip until very thick, then add sugar and vanilla and mix until combined. Pipe or spoon on top of the peanut butter filling. ****Skip this step if using Cool Whip to top them.

This recipe was shared at The Country Cooks Potluck Party