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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

Cuban Sandwich with Srirachra Pickles

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This is one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a while.  The last couple of times the hubs and I went out, I’ve gotten Cuban Sandwiches, and I really loved them.  I’m usually a grilled chicken or burger kind of girl, so this was a big change of pace for me.  One thing that set this sandwich and the sandwiches I’ve eaten out apart from other sandwiches, are the pickles.  I’m not a pickle on the sandwich kind of person, but on this sandwich, you need them.  The first Cuban Sandwich I had, had pulled pork, ham, cheese and Srirachra  Pickles and I got them on the side, just to munch on, but then I shoved one in the sandwich, and it transformed the sandwich.  I think with so much meat, you need something briny, acidy to break up the sandwich and Srirachra Pickles do just that.

I knew I was going to tackle this sandwich over the weekend, so earlier in the week, I took some dill pickles and dried them off, put them in the little container and put a couple of tablespoons of srirachra sauce on them and refrigerated them.  The next day, I poured off the extra sauce and stored them in the frig to use over the weekend. If you eat them right out of the container, the pickles are very spicy, put them on the sandwich, and you get a nice crunch and just a little spice.

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So I wanted to keep this kind of healthy, so I started out with a sandwich flat, some Dijonnaise, 1/2 of a 45 calorie slice of cheddar cheese from Sargento

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Turkey

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Other half of cheese ( I tried it both way, once with 2 pieces of cheese and the last time with 1 slice torn in 1/2, when I did it with 2 slices, the cheese oozed out, so 1 slice will really do it!)

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Top it off with the other slice of breadCuban Sandwich

Put it a sprayed grill pan and channel your inter red neck and come up with a contraption to press the sandwich down while you brown it!

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I took another frying pan and put it on top of the sandwich and weighed it down with one of my burners from my stove! Don’t need a Panini press, you know unless someone wants to give me one!

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Flip and brown the other side, serve!

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Nice and crispy, relatively healthy and just good, plus it’s quick and you don’t heat up the house!

Cuban Sandwich with Srirachra Pickles

1 whole wheat sandwich flat

2 tsp. Dijonnaise

1 45 calorie slice of cheddar cheese

3 slices of thin deli ham

4 or 5 slices of Srirachra Pickles(recipe a the end)

3 slices of thin deli turkey

Spray a grill pan with non stick spray and lay down 1/2 of your sandwich thin topped with 1 tsp of Dijonnaise, then 1/2 a slice of cheddar cheese, pickles, then turkey, cheese and top of sandwich thin. Rig up a weight to put on top of sandwich it created grill marks if desire, grill until brown on one side, then flip and grill the other side until brown.

Srirachra Pickles:

Take several dill pickles and dry them off, put in a small container and top with 2 TBSP of Srirchra Sauce, put the lid on and shake to coat the pickles.  The next day, pour off any extra sauce and store in the frig until you are ready to use them.

 

 

Cedar Plank Grill Salmon

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On a recent trip to Home Depot, I purchased some planks of wood that are meant to be used on the grill, so Saturday I decided to do a test run and the results were amazing!  Later in the week I had a leftover piece of salmon on a salad for lunch, and that was great as well.

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The plank infuses a smokey flavor I don’t think you’d get on the grill alone.  It was really simple and easy to do.  Around lunchtime Saturday, I took a 13 x 9 pan, put some water and the plank in it.  The package said it need to soak for at least 4 hours, mine probably soaked close to 6 hours.

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I just popped a few piece of salmon, sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning on the plank, made sure the coals were only on one side of the grill and put the plank on the side without coal, it cooks indirectly.   While the salmon was cooking, I made a vinaigrette with some Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper, and when it was done cooking, about 20 minutes on the grill, you just leave it on the grill and don’t move it, I drizzled the dressing over the salmon and the salad we were having for dinner.

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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

1 lb. salmon (I use Walmart individually wrapped salmon pieces, so 4 pieces)

1 TBSP lemon pepper seasoning

1 cedar plank

1 TBSP. Dijon mustard

1 TBSP. olive oil

2 TBSP. lemon juice

salt and pepper

At least 4 hours before grill, put the plank in water.  When ready to grill, if using gas, heat only one side of the grill or if using charcoal, lit coals and make sure they are on one side of the grill. When its medium to medium hot, sprinkle fillets with lemon pepper and put plank on grill, close the lid, checking occasionally it make sure nothing is burning.  At the 15 minute mark see if the fish is flaking easily, if it is, it’s done, if not let it stay another 5 to 7 minutes and unless it’s really thick it should be done.  In a mason jar or other jar combine the remaining ingredients and shake well.  When fish is done serving with dressing drizzled over the fish.