Monday, September 28, 2015

Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

Dinner Tonight: Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

Wow what a beautiful full moon last night and a total lunar eclipse on top of it! We were able to watch the whole thing as the clouds cleared up about an hour before it started. Started my day off with a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin topped with 2 servings of Egg Beater's Egg Whites. Good little sandwich, also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea to get me started. Didn't get a chance to go see Dad at rehab today but he's doing a lot better, hopefully back home before long. Stayed home and got caught up on some house cleaning and yard work. Had to get the 4 wheel mobility cart out and the leaf blower and do a little yard work. For dinner tonight, Cumin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and (Fresh) Cut Green Beans.

On my last visit to Costco I picked up a huge package of Pork Chops and had them in the freezer. I
got 2 of the Chops from the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Then to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 20 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork. Hard to beat these Costco Pork Chops, always top quality.

While at Jungle Jim's I was going through the their huge Produce Department and came across a new Potato Product, the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. I also picked a up package of the Italian seasoned Potatoes. I prepared the Savory Herb Potatoes tonight. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

Then for another side I also picked up a beautiful mess of Green Beans while at Jungle Jim's. This afternoon Mom and myself
broke the Beans up and then I prepared them. Just use a large kettle or sauce pan. Fill it with water add the Beans, add Sea Salt and 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (cover), and heat on high until a boil. Then turn the heat to medium and cook until tender. A really delicious mess of Green Beans! Canned Green Beans are great but nothing beats the fresh Green Beans! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

the Little Potato Company - Savory Herb


Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.



In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.

2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.

3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g

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