One of our family goals for this year is to eat more meals at home.
Well, I guess I should clarify this.
My kids’ goals are definitely NOT to eat more meals at home. Their goals for this year range from learning 10 new songs on the trumpet to competing in a downhill speed skiing event to seeing just how many hours of screen time a child can handle before their brain officially turns to mush.
So I guess I should really say that MY goal for our family is to eat more meals at home, (and not let my youngest’s brain turn to mush from too much screen time). We all love preparing meals and eating at home, but sometimes as we launch into work, school and activities, things like food can become an afterthought.
You’ll be shocked at how easy these are to prepare. In fact, our 10-year-old is in charge of dinner one night next week, and this is what she chose to make. She’ll have no problem because she is incredibly talented in the kitchen and because this recipe is so incredibly easy.
I also love how quick it is to whip up. There’s no need to marinate anything. There are no outlandish ingredients. This recipe is simple, delicious and fast.
It’s exactly what our busy family needs.
How to Make Orange Juice and Gingered Pork Chops
To get started, mix 1/4 cup flour, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper in a large plastic bag. Add in four thick-cut pork chops, seal and shake until chops are fully coated.
In a small frying pan, saute a halved and quartered onion in olive oil and a tablespoon of brandy. (The brandy is optional, but it really does add to the overall flavor of the dish.)
When the onions are limp, scrape the contents of the pan into a large casserole dish.
Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. (You may want to bake uncovered for the last 15 minutes to brown the chops a bit.)
Isn’t that so easy?
We usually serve it with green beans and rice, baked potatoes or twice-baked potatoes (when we have a little more time).
WE ONLY USE FLORIDA’S NATURAL®
If you’ve been following my site for awhile (or if you’ve tried some of my recipes), then you probably already know that we are die-hard Florida’s Natural fans.
My kids love it because it tastes so good. I love it because it’s made from 100 percent real Florida oranges that are hand-picked from their grower-owned orange groves in Florida. They never use imported oranges or frozen concentrate.
And don’t tell my kids, but one 8-ounce glass of Florida’s Natural orange juice has more potassium than a medium banana and provides nearly two servings of whole fruit – as well as essential vitamins and minerals (like folic acid) and your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C.
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