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Just Pics of Easy to throw together Stuff

Pork Chops with Alfredo Sauce

I think that my Atkins dieting husband is really missing pasta and all the lovely sauces that go with them. I had a poke around google and found a lot of folks were pairing Pork Chops and Alfredo Sauce!  Now I know Pork Chops are a far cry from Pasta but it seems to have hit the spot. I reckon this is a recipe that will be in my rotation from now on. Lucky for me it is so incredibly easy to make too! The salad took the most effort to make!

Pork Chops with Alfredo Sauce
Pork Chops with Alfredo Sauce

I cooked the seasoned the pork chops with salt and pepper, a bit each of onion and garlic powder; just a hint of each. I was going to cook them in olive oil but the jar of bacon drippings on the counter caught my eye so I used about a tablespoon of that instead.
I cooked the chops in my electric frying pan at 350F  for 6 minutes, seasoned the second side,  flipped them over, put the lid on and continued cooking for another 6 minutes.

While that was cooking I melted about 8 ounces of cream cheese over medium-low heat, stirred in about 3/4 cup of heavy cream, stirring until smooth.
Next I added 2 ounces of grated fresh parmesan cheese and stirred some more, until smooth.
Finally I added a bit of salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Plate the pork chops, spoon alfredo sauce over top and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

500gm Pork Chops, Boneless
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon each Garlic and Onion Powder

8 ounces Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Heavy Cream
2 ounces grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Pinch of Nutmeg
Parsley, garnish

Salmon Pot Pie

It is time to go grocery shopping! I had a difficult time pulling together a dinner tonight! Thank goodness my mother cooked up a huge salmon yesterday and sent some home with us.
The men said that they loved the Salmon Pot Pie!

Salmon Pot Pie
Salmon Pot Pie

While sweet potatoes were cooking I pan fried an onion until softened, added about a half cup of cream cheese, the same amount of mayonnaise, stirring until it all melty. Added some salt, pepper, a bit of lemon juice, some dill (think I could have added a bit more of that) then stirred in about 1 lb of baked salmon.
I poured all of that into a 2l casserole dish, lightly sprayed with vegetable oil spray, topped the salmon layer with fresh spinach.
Drained cooked sweet potatoes, mashed them with a potato masher and smoothed over the salmon and spinach, tucking all bits of spinach under the mashed sweet potatoes.
Smoothed out the top, into a preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes.
Done deal.

1 kg Sweet Potato

1 Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
S &P
Dill, to your liking
500gm Baked Salmon or Canned Salmon

3 cups fresh Spinach

Stir Fry Veg and Beef Strips

Stir Fry Veg and Beef Strips
Stir Fry Veg and Beef Strips

Oh man, so very tired when I came in from work and so did NOT want to cook last night! Alas the grocery store didn’t have a cooked chicken ready for at least 20 minutes and I sure wasn’t going to hang around the store waiting….oh, I could have hung out in the Book/Mag aisle and got all caught up on my mag browsing! Then again, like I said, I was fading fast and one of the purchases in my basket was coffee beans and I had a real fanging for a cup of coffee!

Anyway, I probably did my family a favour by leaving the store without the chicken but now I had to cook! My husband is trying to shed a few so we can no longer rely on the old, “Oh, we can just have a bowl of cereal, throw in some fruit and nuts and call Dinner done.” Sadness, I know. Another standby fave was Eggs, Hashers and Veggie “Bacon” or “Sausages” with Toast but, well, we don’t do that anymore either.

So, coffee now in hand, I chopped a few things, sliced a few others, threw them in a deep frying pan and made stir fry veggies. Normally I would have thrown in some Teriyaki sauce but apparently that is off limits now too O.o I threw in a few Tablespoons of H2O and crumbled in a McCormicks Vegetable Stock cube. It was pretty tasty!

For the Beef Strips? I had some Sliced Steak in the freezer from a couple of weeks ago that cooked up nicely in a Tablespoon of Hoisin Sauce combined with 1/2 cup of water; I just chucked the liquids on top of the still thawing steak strips, stuck a lid on the pan for a few minutes, removed the lid to reduce liquid.

Don’t call me Late for Dinner!

(Disclaimer…I didn’t actually eat that stuff aside from a taste of the veggies. Before, while and after that was cooking I made a great big bowl of salad which I hope will last through today 😉