Grocery jaunt inspiration
| October 13, 2011
In Cooking for One or Two, Desperation Dinners
Featured Recipe: Smoked Pork Chops with Lemon-Butter Pasta and Asparagus
From Last week's Desperation Dinners Column:
Déjà vu in the grocery store: That’s just what it felt like last week. Walking through my local supermarket, I glanced down in the meat case and spied an old reliable just begging to be picked up -- smoked pork chops.
I haven’t cooked with smoked pork chops in at least five years, and I don’t really know why. They’re quick and easy. They’re tender and flavorful. And as far as a lean meat goes, smoked pork chops get high scores there, too –- only 130 calories and under 5 grams of fat per serving. (However, the sodium is 32% of your daily-recommended amount, so if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, you should probably avoid them.)
Immediately I thought of my Lemon Butter Pasta and Asparagus and how amazing this would be with smoked pork chops added. (You can serve the pasta with chicken or sautéed fish, too.) But considering how quick both are, plus the flavor combination of a smoky chop and the pasta’s bright lemon-butter sauce, well, it’s a pairing that was just meant to be.
Who knew a quick jaunt through the grocery could inspire such an amazing dinner?
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October 08, 2011
Easy inspired dinner that truly is cheap, fast and oh-so good!Read full recipe.
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