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Maple Balsamic Pork Chops

These are amazing! 

The kids are not fans of anything Balsamic - but this had them asking for seconds!

1/4 cup Maple Syrup
3-4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Broth
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove Garlic minced
1 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste

4 - 6 Pork Chops - any cut

1.  Bring all the ingredients to a simmer in a small pot.  Let simmer 3-4 minutes until thickened.

2.  Prep Pork Chops to bake, and brush glaze over them.  A few times while the Pork Chops are cooking, continue to baste the glaze on the chops.

3.  Once Pork is done, baste one last time before serving!

Sausage and Rice - A One Skillet Dinner

My family lovingly refers to this dish as Sausage Fried Rice - and I guess it is.

Serves 6

4 Fresh Italian Sausages, sliced into bite sized pieces
1 small Onion, finely chopped
1 small Green Pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Oil
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Uncooked Rice
1-2 cups of Any Other Veggies you would like to add (Here I added 1 cup frozen mixed Veggies and a can of baby corn, cut into bites)

1.  In a skillet, saute Sausages, Onion and Peppers in the oil, until Sausages are browned and cooked through.  Remove from skillet.

2.  Add Broth, Garlic Powder and Soy Sauce.  Give it a whisk and bring to a boil.

3.  Once boiling, add Rice and Additional Veggies, reduce to low, and let simmer 20 minutes, until Rice is cooked and Broth is all absorbed.

4.  Increase heat to medium-high, return the Sausage mixture, and give it a quick stir fry to heat through.

Serve hot.

Menu Planning Monday

Here's what I'm cooking up for dinner this week:

Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup

We are not usually big soup eaters - although I do love the Broccoli and Cheese Soup from our local sandwich shop.

On a cold and blistery day recently, I decided to try my hand and this little beauty - and it has officially become a family favourite!  And it's quick and easy!

Chicken, Rice and Beans Casserole

This was my first time making this dish and I found quite surprising.  90 minutes and no peeking!?!  I will definitely be making this again - 3 minutes prep at 4pm, and dinner is on the table by 5:30pm?  YES PLEASE!

Next time though, I think I would add some vegetables - Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms maybe....

Menu Planning Monday

Here's what I'm cooking up for dinner this week:

Monday: Baked Mexican Chicken over Rice and Beans
Tuesday: Sweet + Sour Meatballs over Noodles + Thai Cucumber Salad
Wednesday: Homemade Pizzas on Naan Bread
Thursday: Slow Cooked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo + Salad
Friday: Beef + Broccoli Stir Fry
Saturday: Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce + 30 Minute Dinner Rolls
Sunday: Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops with Roasted Vegetables - Recipe coming soon

Goodies: Lemon Cranberry Loaf - Recipe coming soon
The Best Sugar Cookies - Recipe coming soon

Glazed Vanilla Baked Donuts

These were so quick and easy - easier than making cookies or muffins - which means these could be dangerous!

The only complaint I had about these was that the kids thought they would be frosted - not glazed - so I thickened the glazed with extra Icing Sugar to give the appearance of frosted.

Makes 14

3 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 Egg
1/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour

The Glaze:
1/2 cup Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 - 2 Tbsp Milk (depends on desired consistency)

Optional: food coloring and sprinkles

1.  Mix the ingredients together in the order given.

2.  Fill a non-stick donut pan 3/4s full and bake at 350' for 12 minutes - until golden.  Let cool in the pan.

3.  While cooling, whisk the ingredients for the glaze together, and dip each donut into it.  Transfer to cooling racks to let the glaze drip.  (I lay plastic wrap under the racks for easy clean up)

Serve fresh (with coffee!!)

Menu Planning Monday

Here's what I'm cooking up for dinner this week:

Huge Batch of Meatballs for the Freezer - so we're having Meatball Subs tonight

Roasted Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Nachos + Chicken Wings

Lasagna + Caesar Salad

Baked Turkey Tetrazzini + Garden Salad

Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce + 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Slow + Low Ribs, Baked Beans + Caesar Salad

Crack Up - Recipe Coming Soon

The Easiest, Creamiest Fudge Ever!

Fluffy 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

YES!!  Really only 30 minutes!

I will never make dinner rolls in any other way - even again.  These were absolutely amazing!

Slow Cooked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo

A true family favourite!  It's what my hubby calls a cheater recipe - I use jarred sauce - but you could easily use your own alfredo!

Paprika Chicken

This is a super simple recipe - but HUGE on flavour!  It's not strongly flavoured, but so tasty and has even become a family favourite!  (That means even the kids enjoyed it!)

Quick and Easy Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry

This is a very forgiving recipe.  Use any variety of vegetables - or meats - to whip up this tasty dinner.  Serve over Rice or Noodles.

We like our stir frys very saucy - to coat and cover the Rice or Noodles - but if you do not, you can cut the Sauce ingredients in half.

Menu Planning Monday

Here's what I'm cooking up for dinner this week:

Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry over Basmati Rice

Pizza (Mom's Night Out - Dad fends for the family)

Freezer Baked Ziti  + Coleslaw

Paprika Chicken - Mashed Potatoes + Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Baked Turkey Tetrazzini + Garden Salad

Slow Cooked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo + Garlic Bread

Slow Cooked Pork Loin and Gravy - Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Mushrooms and Carrots

Trail Mix Cookies
Lemon Cranberry Muffins