Monday, January 23, 2017

Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes, Golden Hominy, and French Bread

Dinner Tonight: Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes, Golden Hominy, and French Bread

For Breakfast this morning i prepared a Poached Egg that I served on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Topped it off with my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Good light
and healthy Breakfast! More rain overnight and into the morning before it stopped. The day it was cloudy and high around 49 degrees. It was laundry and house cleaning today, all day. With everyone recovered from the stomach virus we had, we washed all the bed sheets and quilts. Then I ran the vacuumed, dusted, and sprayed the house down good with Lysol. All looks great! So for Dinner tonight I prepared another one of those delicious Chops from Meijer! Tonight its a Cumin Spiced Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes, Golden Hominy, and French Bread.

On my last visit to Meijer I picked up a package of Center Cut Pork Chops from the Meijer Meat Department. I really love the Meijer selection and quality of all their meats, and all their products and produce.

So to prepare my Chops 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 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 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.

For a side dish I opened up a can of one of my favorite side dishes, Kroger Brand Golden Hominy,
and its been a while since I've any. For those that has never had or heard of Hominy; Hominy is a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size. There is White and Golden Hominy, my favorite is the Golden Hominy. If you’ve never tried it do, makes a delicious side dish!

For another side I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and
serve, just as good as homemade, if not better. Then I baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher's Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

Pork Facts….
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart,
Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

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