Oven Baked One Pan Pork Chop Dinner – 25 minutes – Gluten Free

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Oven Baked One Pan Pork Chop Dinner is…..

…….a super easy, super good way to go for a busy weeknight. Everything will be on the table in 25 minutes. And, you could be doing something else while it’s all in the oven.

You can push and pull on the veggie choices but the carrots and potatoes take just about as long in the oven as the pork chops. So, it all is ready to go on the plates at once.

Ok, lets get going!

Set the oven at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick pan but still spray or wipe with the oil.

About the potatoes. If you want to serve them whole, like baked potatoes, give them a head start for a few minutes in the microwave while you prep the carrots and pork chops.

If you want to serve them cut up just chop them into about one inch cubes and spread them out on the baking pan. Then drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Peel and cut up the carrots into large french fry shapes or just use “baby carrots”. Spread them out on the pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper and brown sugar.

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Cut the onion into strips. Salt, pepper and garlic powder both sides of the pork chops. Lay them out on the baking pan and spread the onion strips out on top of them.

You could substitute a lot of different things for the onion strips i.e. roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, slices of fresh tomatoes, lemon slices or zest, chopped mint leaves and on and on. Your the boss so you do it the way that YOU want to. 

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Into the oven for about fifteen minutes. When the pork chops are firm or read 145° on an instant read meat thermometer and the veggies are easy to poke with a table fork your Oven Baked One Pan Pork Chop Dinner is ready to serve.

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Either red or white wines go good with grilled or baked pork chops. Pinot noir for a red and chardonnay for a white. go best.

So,,,,,what did you do with your “free” time while your Oven Baked One Pan Pork Chop Dinner was in the oven?

Never mind, not my business.

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  1. Set the oven at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick pan but still spray or wipe with the oil. About the potatoes. If you want to serve them whole, like baked potatoes, give them a head start for a few minutes in the microwave while you prep the carrots and pork chops. If you want to serve them cut up just chop them into about one inch cubes and spread them out on the baking pan. Then drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Peel and cut up the carrots into large french fry shapes or just use "baby carrots". Spread them out on the pan and sprinkle with salt, pepper and brown sugar.
  2. Cut the onion into strips. Salt, pepper and garlic powder both sides of the pork chops. Lay them out on the baking pan and spread the onion strips out on top of them.
  3. Into the oven for about fifteen minutes. When the pork chops are firm or read 145° on an instant read meat thermometer and the veggies are easy to poke with a table fork your Oven Baked One Pan Pork Chop Dinner is ready to serve.
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Easy Blackened Salmon Dinner – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free – Paleo

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This Easy Blackened Salmon Dinner is…

…….. also very very good. 

Skinless salmon filets work best for this recipe. If you buy the salmon fresh the person helping you will skin them if you ask. If you buy them frozen look for some that have already been skinned.

You could use a lot of different combos of ingredients in the dry “rub” to get a lot of different flavors. Tonight I went with salt, dried basil, cayenne pepper, dried dill weed, lemon pepper and garlic powder. You could mix them all together in a small bowl or just sprinkle them on the filets right out of their containers.

The veggies are going to take a little more time than the salmon so let’s get them going.

Gammy likes pan fried potatoes with onion and fresh rosemary so,,,,,,,,yup, I do it for her pretty regularly. You can cook another veggie right along with the potato and onion if you want. I went with zucchini tonight.

Put a skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Slice up the veggies and put them into the skillet with the rosemary. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. 

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Toss a couple of times to get everything coated evenly.

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While the veggies are cooking put a smaller skillet on at medium high and swirl in some olive oil. Top off the salon filets with half of the “rub” on the side without the gray stripe. 

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Put them in the skillet with the spicy side down and the gray striped side up. 

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Then spice up the stripe side and cook for 2-3 minutes a side depending on how thick they are and how well done YOU like them. 

Toss the veggies a few more times as the salmon cooks. When the veggies and the salmon are done……..

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……enjoy your Easy Blackened Salmon Dinner.

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A light bodied white like a pinot grigio or a soave or a muscadet would go along real nicely with your Easy Blackened Salmon Dinner.

Oh, yeah and some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread is good tag along.

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Slice up the veggies and put them into the skillet with the rosemary. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Toss a couple of times to get everything coated evenly.
  2. While the veggies are cooking put a smaller skillet on at medium high and swirl in some olive oil. Top off the salon filets with half of the "rub" on the skinless side aka the side without the gray stripe. Put them in the skillet with the spicy side down and the gray striped side or skin side up. Then spice up the stripe side and cook for 2-3 minutes a side depending on how thick they are and how well done YOU like them.
  3. Put them in the skillet with the spicy side down and the gray striped side or skin side up. Then spice up the stripe side and cook for 2-3 minutes a side depending on how thick they are and how well done YOU like them. Toss the veggies a few more times as the salmon cooks. When the veggies and the salmon are done enjoy your Easy Blackened Salmon Dinner.
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Barcelona Mussels Recipe – A Keeper – 25 Minutes

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Barcelona Mussels Recipe – It was 1959 and I was in the Coast Guard on a ship headed from Brooklyn to Naples. After 7 days at sea we had gone through the Straits of Gibraltar and docked in Barcelona, Spain.

Some of us were given liberty and didn’t have to report back until muster the following morning. I had made friends with a few of the crew that were my age and rank so we teamed up and hit the streets.

The first thing that we did was to find an exchange and got Spanish money to fund our adventures. I held out a ten dollar bill to the guy at the counter and he looked at me like I was nuts. I indicated “yeah” and was given more Spanish cash than I had pockets for. I wound up stashing some in my socks and even in my underwear. I still had some leftover even after all of our shenanigans.

One of the guys was portuguese from Newark and another was puerto rican from Manhattan. They were our interpreters,, kinda.

We did everything that young sailors would be expected to do, and more, after a week at sea. But, back to the Barcelona mussels recipe.

We went to this local restaurant that was just opening up for the evening. As soon as they saw us they got an “oh shit” look on their faces and started pushing some tables together for us.

We sat down and while we were trying to understand the menu the waiter – without asking – poured us all some red wine. Wow, it was good!

Then he came back with our “tapas” aka appetizer. It was this Barcelona Mussels Recipe and, again, wow, IT was good too! They served it in a big bowl with a couple of big spoons. We each were given our own small soup bowls to get our share.

And, a big plate of hot crusty bread for dipping.

I made it the other night and of course it reminded me of my visit to Barcelona and I started recounting it again for Gammy.

She rolled her eyes and said, “Jack, I’ve heard all about that already.”

Anyway, here goes.

About the mussels. We can’t get any good fresh ones here in the Austin area so we just go with these cleaned, cooked and frozen ones that are found in the local grocery store.

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Put a skillet that is big enough to handle the mussels on at medium heat. Swirl in enough extra virgin olive oil to cover all of the bottom.

Add the chopped onion and stir to get it spread out and stir it a few more times as it cooks.

When the onion has become translucent – about 5 minutes – add the chopped garlic and cook for just a minute or so. Don’t let the garlic get brown. Then the tomatoes, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and red wine (or white wine or chicken broth).

Mix it all together, turn the heat up to medium high and bring it up to a simmer,

When the the liquids have reduced a little put in the mussels. Stir everything together and stir again a few times as the mussels heat up – about 6-8 minutes. If you are using fresh mussels just cook them until they open up and throw away any that don’t open.

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In Spain it is almost always served with rice and sometimes with pasta. The Italian in me kicked in and I opted for some pasta with mine and some spinach and tomato salad with feta cheese and a little loaf of Poppop’s easy homemade bread for dipping and some Spanish Tempranillo red wine.

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Altogether we had a super, quick and easy  weeknight dinner with this Barcelona Mussels Recipe.

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  1. Put a skillet that is big enough to handle the mussels on at medium heat. Swirl in enough extra virgin olive oil to cover all of the bottom. Add the chopped onion and stir to get it spread out and stir it a few more times as it cooks. When the onion has become translucent - about 5 minutes - add the chopped garlic and cook for just a minute or so. Don't let the garlic get brown. Then the tomatoes, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and red wine (or white wine or chicken broth). Mix it all together, turn the heat up to medium high and bring it up to a simmer,
  2. When the the liquids have reduced a little put in the mussels. Stir everything together and stir again a few times as the mussels heat up - about 6-8 minutes. If you are using fresh mussels just cook them until they open up and throw away any that don't open.
  3. In Spain it is almost always served with rice and sometimes with pasta. The Italian in me kicked in and I opted for some pasta with mine and some spinach and tomato salad with feta cheese and a little loaf of Poppop's easy homemade bread for dipping and some Spanish Tempranillo red wine.
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Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner – Gluten Free – 25 Minutes

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If you like your weeknight dinners to be Quick and Easy but still real tasty, like we do, then this one will definitely the bill. 

I timed it and it took 25 minutes. And that was starting with frozen chicken tenders.

So let’s get our Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner going.

Put the chicken in the microwave to thaw out.  Cut the potato into bite size pieces.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

When the chicken tenders have thawed put them in the skillet and add the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last.

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So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.

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Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off towards the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot  left in the middle. 

Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top.

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Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together.

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Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.

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Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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We had a bottle of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti with ours and it hit the spot. 

(It was on sale!)

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  2. Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last. So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.
  3. Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot left in the middle. Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top. Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together. Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.
  4. Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.
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