Fast and Easy Pineapple Pork Chops

Pineapple Pork Chops are the perfect combination of sweet and savory with an Asian flair. This dish is super fast, super easy and super healthy so enjoy!

Pineapple Pork Chops

Pineapple Pork Chops

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½  tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into small tidbits
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  • Remove pork chops from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature, about 1 hour.  Dry chops with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and brown the pork chops on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove chops from the skillet, and set aside.
  • Turn the heat down to medium.
  • Mix the chicken broth, soy sauce and vinegar into the skillet, and bring to a simmer.
  • Return the pork chops to the skillet and add pineapple. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 - 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the pork chop should read 145℉.
  • Remove chops from the skillet and set aside.
  • Mix honey and cornstarch into the skillet with the chicken broth mixture. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken. 
  • Serve broth with cooked pork chops and pineapple.
  • Hack:  Balsamic vinegar can be substituted for Chinese black vinegar.
  • Hack:  Unsweetened canned pineapple can be used in this recipe.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, Chinese cuisine, Chinese food, easy meal, easy prep, fast and easy, one pan meal, one skillet meal, pineapple, pork, pork chop, quick and easy

Did you know?  You can plant the top of your pineapple to generate a new plant!  Fair warning:  It takes between 12 and 18 months to be ready to harvest.

Suggestion:  Serve with baked rice pilaf.

Easy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Cream, tomatoes and shredded cheese make this easy chicken alfredo pasta dish warm and comforting. Garlic bread rounds it out nicely!

Easy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Easy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

(Courtesy: Melissa Warren)  
Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 515 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 4 oz farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  •  ½ cup light cream
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ Roma tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup sharp cheddar, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken into 1” cubes and thinly slice scallions. 
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken, scallions and garlic.  Saute until no pink remains in the chicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions and drain.  Return pasta to the pan.
  • When chicken is fully cooked, turn the heat down to medium, add cream and bring to a simmer.  Sprinkle flour into cream, whisking constantly to thicken the sauce.
  • Add tomato and shredded cheese to cream sauce and heat until cheese is melted.
  • Pour chicken and sauce over pasta and toss to coat.
  • Hack:  Substitute your favorite cheese and/or pasta or use whatever you have on hand!
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword alfredo, bowtie pasta, chicken, creamy chicken, easy meal, fast and easy, pasta, quick and easy, quick meal preparation

Did you know?  Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there, either with carbs or without!

Suggestion:  Serve with warm herb garlic focaccia bread!

Creamy Chicken and Peas

Creamy chicken and peas…comfort food at its finest!! It’s a fast and easy one-skillet meal that takes the work out of preparing dinner!

Creamy Chicken and Peas

Creamy Chicken and Peas

Course Main Course
Servings 3
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1” cubes (1 cup)
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas
  • 1 cup butternut Bechamel

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until onion is soft.
  • Add chicken and peas. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add Bechamel sauce and heat until warm.
  • Serve over pasta or rice.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in portion-sized containers for up to 3 months.
  • Hack: Frozen chopped onions can be used in the recipe.
Keyword chicken, easy meal, fast and easy, green peas, one pan meal, one skillet meal, quick and easy

Handle chicken with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry..

Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Pork chops with apples and onions is a one-skillet meal that’s quick, easy and bursting with flavor! This all-in-one meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Course Main Course
Servings 3
Calories 436 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pork chops, 4 oz each
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions
 

  • Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat then add the pork chops. Cook until browned (3-5 minutes on each side) and remove to plate.
  • Add remaining 1 tbsp oil to the same pan then add apples and onion. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
  • Whisk together broth and mustard and add to the pan.
  • Slide pork chops back in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until pork chops are finished cooking and liquid is reduced by half.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword apples and onions, cooked apples, easy meal, fast and easy, fried pork chop, one pan meal, one skillet meal, pan seared, pork chop, quick and easy

While an apple a day (all by itself) will not keep the doctor away, it IS a beneficial part of a healthy diet!

Suggestion:  This dish will pair nicely with baked rice pilaf!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

Slow cooker barbecue pulled pork is easy to put together with a few simple ingredients! Serve it as a sandwich or with cornbread and baked beans!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

Course Main Course
Servings 12
Calories 500 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lb boneless pork shoulder (or butt)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh tomato, pureed in a blender (1 small, ¼ lb)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke

Instructions
 

  • Place pork and onion in the slow cooker. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the roast. Cover and cook on low 10 hours or until fork-tender.
  • Remove roast to plate and use two forks to pull the pork into small pieces. Return to the sauce and serve.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Freeze serving-sized portions in freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months.
Keyword barbecue pulled pork, crock pot meal, easy meal, make ahead, pork butt, pork roast, pork shoulder, pulled pork, slow cooker meal

Did you know?  The slow cookers we know and love today began as The Naxon Beanery All-Purpose Cooker back in the 1940s.  Check out the whole story here!

Suggestion: Pulled pork pairs perfectly with colorful and creamy broccoli coleslaw!

Healthy Cooking for One — How to Create a New You

Trying to start a new program of healthy cooking for one? Old habits die hard but here are a few tips to help get you back on track to start eating healthier!

Healthy Cooking for One
Healthy Cooking for One

We’ve all seen him. That guy in the checkout line at the grocery store, the one we know is single and lives alone. 4 frozen dinners, 1 deli sandwich, 6-pack of beer and an economy-sized bag of Cheetos.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Just because we’re single, it doesn’t mean we’re doomed to a future of breakfast cereal, frozen pizza for one and Ramon noodles.

Nor must we choose drive-thrus or gas station hot dogs.  I often who came up with THAT idea. Like, was someone pumping their gas and suddenly thought, “Well, this makes me want to eat a smoked sausage!”? (Yes, I’m kidding.  Here’s why gas stations started selling food).

We have a choice. I’d like to share a few things that I’ve picked up along the way to make cooking for one a bit easier and, hopefully, a little more fun.

Healthy Ways Start to Your Day

Healthy Ways Start to Your Day
Healthy Ways Start to Your Day

Running late this morning? Always keep some bananas, frozen strawberries and yogurt on hand to make a smoothie. It just takes a minute and you can drink it on your way to work!

Overnight oats are convenient and the flavor combos are endless so you’ll never get bored. They can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge so go ahead and throw together a few one evening for a week of quick breakfasts.

Everybody loves Sunday morning breakfast! Make a crustless quiche to enjoy with a leisurely cup of coffee and the newspaper. Store a few pieces in the fridge for up to 5 days for a healthy lunch and put the rest in the freezer for another time!

Play It Again, Sam

Play it again Sam
Play It Again, Sam

No big plans for your day off? Make a big pot of spaghetti sauce and freeze it in portions for use another day. Might as well freeze up a batch of meatballs to go with it, too!

A dozen mini pork pies make a great grab-and-go lunch (or, rather 12!).

Make a dinner recipe that serves two and take the leftovers for lunch. Or make a recipe that serves three or four and have some left for an easy meal later in the week.

Try this Szechuan-style shrimp or garlic chicken with caramelized mushrooms. They’re easy to put together and any leftovers you don’t use can be put in the freezer for a future meal!

Make connected meals. For example, when making potatoes for garlic chicken, do a few extra and use the leftovers to go with Korean beef (instead of cooking rice).

Or save some potato cubes unmashed to make potato salad. While you’re boiling the eggs for the potato salad, throw in a few extra for egg salad.

And always, always, make extra rice to package up in single serving sizes and store in the freezer!

Strategic Contingency Planning

Strategic Contingency Planning
Strategic Contingency Planning

It happens. You get stuck working late, encounter a major traffic jam on the way home or get caught up in a lengthy conversation with a friend. Then it’s too late to cook that dinner you had planned or you’re just too tired.

Make sure you’ve stocked up on a few items that have a decent shelf life and are quick and easy to throw together.

Eggs, cheese, peanut butter and pasta are excellent choices, as are crackers, rice and bread (store this double wrapped in the freezer if you need to!). Frozen fruits and vegetables require no prep at all so they can easily be used in a pinch.

Think of Ways To Be Creative!

Be Creative!
Be Creative!

Decide to go to the farmers market, choose something you haven’t had before then go home and create a meal.

No, honestly, I “wing” a lot of my recipes and it always turns out fine. Ok, almost always. There was the “Fennel Incident”. Fennel, as it turns out, tastes like black licorice. Gross. Who knew?

Dress up your go-to meals. Grilled cheese? Mix it up with a two cheese combo, mustard and a couple of pickle slices. Add a splash of cream and some croutons to your tomato soup. Swap out the ketchup on your burger for some thousand island dressing.

Presto Chango! Leftovers don’t have to be the same thing that they were when they were originally left over. (Say THAT 5 times fast!) Pair the grilled chicken and roasted carrots you had last night with chopped onion, soy sauce, leftover rice and – BOOM! – a delicious (and definitely not leftover) stir-fry.

Riddle Me This

Riddle Me This
Riddle Me This

Who do you have to answer to anyway? Cooking for just you allows you to eat what you want, when you want, using whatever ingredients you want and as spicy (or not) as you want.

Who’s gonna even know? So what if that tuna and spaghetti thing didn’t measure up to your expectations? I’m not gonna tell and you don’t have to either!

No one’s watching, right? Pour a glass of wine, turn up the 80’s pop music and have a dance party in your pajamas while cooking pasta for the 3rd day in a row. Because you can.

Life is what you make it so make it good. Be brave, be bold, be empowered. And above all, have fun.

What are your thoughts on cooking for one? What are your favorite recipes and strategies? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Cynthia

Cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

 

 

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

This quick and easy spinach feta pizza for one is the perfect solution for supper on a busy weeknight! It’s vegetarian, low in calories and delicious!

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole-wheat pita
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • tsp garlic powder
  • cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed with excess liquid squeezed out
  • 3-4 slices fresh tomato
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 400℉.
  • Place pita on baking sheet. Mix ricotta and garlic powder, spread over pita to edge. Top with spinach, tomato and feta. Sprinkle with oregano.
  • Bake until edges of pita are golden brown, about 12 minutes, Serve warm.
  • Hack: Freeze any leftover pita bread in its original packaging for up to 2 months.
Keyword easy meal, fast meal, feta pizza, low calorie, meal for one, meatless, personal pizza, pita bread, pita pizza, pita pocket, pizza for one, quick and easy, quick and easy meal, quick meal preparation, Spinach Feta Pizza, spinach pizza, vegetarian

Did you know?  Spinach is one the most nutrient-dense plant-based foods you can eat!

Suggestion:  Here’s another fast and easy vegetarian meal for one, check out easy eggs Florentine!

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

Sausage and butternut squash skillet is a hearty one-skillet recipe that’s low in carbs and calories. It comes together quickly for an easy weekday dinner and is great paired with easy vegetable rice!

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Chinese sausage, casings removed
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp crushed rosemary leaves
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 5 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (2 tbsp)
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and over medium-high until browned, while breaking into large pieces (about 6-7 minutes).
  • Add all remaining ingredients (except for cheese) and stir gently to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until squash is tender. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Hack: Freeze leftovers in portion-sized freezer containers for quick "grab and go" meals.
  • Hack:   Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store.  Frozen butternut squash can also be used (one 16 oz bag equals 4 cups).
  • Hack:  Uncooked winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark environment (less than 50℉) for up to 2 months so stock up when it’s on sale!  Cook, mash and freeze unseasoned winter squash for up to 12 months as a quick and easy addition to many recipes.
Keyword butternut squash, Chinese sausage, easy dinner, easy meal, keto, low calorie, low carb, one skillet meal, quick and easy

Did you know? Winter quash provides numerous health benefits that may help reduce the risk of many diseases!

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