Friday, June 27, 2014

It doesn't take much... {tomato chops}

I usually don't cook elaborate meals for dinner. I usually just sear a good piece of meat in a pan with a bit of fat, and whip up a couple sides of veggies. Dinner, most nights, is on the table in about 20 minutes flat.

Because my meals are so simple, I like to change them up using little tricks that won't add more time to the prep work. Luckily, it doesn't take much to make a meal seem a bit more special.

One trick is to throw together a sauce of some sorts to serve over the meat I'm cooking. I put the meat in the pan, prepare the sauce, flip the meat, prepare a veggie or two, and when the second side is done cooking, the sauce has finished simmering. BAM. Dinner in no time. And it looks special. :)

This is one such sauce. I usually use up odds and ends in the fridge to throw this one together, but here is my basic recipe. Have a couple olives laying around? Throw them in! Is there a carrot that needs using? Chop it up! Want something with a bit of a kick? Add some chili pepper!

But most of all, get in and out of that kitchen quick, and get to spending time around a good meal with the ones you love!

Tomato Chops

  1. Heat your FOC in a frying pan. When hot, add the pork chops and cook 5-7 minutes until browned. Flip and continue cooking until heated through and browned on the other side.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion and saute in FOC until soft.
  3. Dice and add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bone broth and spice mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow the sauce to simmer at least 5 minutes. Spoon over cooked pork chops to serve.

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