Another staple at the kitchen. Easy go to, but aren’t they all, hee hee. It also being delicious is a plus of course.
Here’s what you need to put this one together:
- 2 portions of Pork Chops
- Your choice of herbs: Paprika, Garlic Powder, Dried Basil, etc..
- Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- Cooking Spray
- 1 package of prepared steamable or microwavable Mixed Frozen Vegetables – Make sure its Gluten Free if you are sensitive or intolerant.
- Mixed Greens, Scallions and Cherry Tomatoes
- Olive Oil and Vinegar or your favorite Fat Free Dressing – Make sure the dressing is Gluten Free if you are sensitive or intolerant.
- Sprouts to garnish
Heat up your broiler and rather than using the broiler pan, cover a heat resistant cookie sheet with foil and place a rack on top of the foil instead. Why? Well, much less time doing dishes of course. You just rip the foil off and throw it away – saves water too. But an even better reason is that when the fat and juices drip onto the foil, you can easily spoon those yummy juices (not the fat) and pour over your fish. There are great pans that come ready with a rack on the market today, here is one we found on Amazon and it’s review on Our Kitchen Essentials.
Now mix up your favorite herbs in a small bowl, 1/2 a teaspoon each should be a great starting point and then you can adjust it to your taste, make sure to sprinkle it evenly on both sides of your meat and reserve any leftovers. Here we used Paprika, Garlic Powder, Dried Basil, Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, feel free to adjust to your own taste and let us know if you stumble on one of the many to-die-for combos.
After sprinkling enough of the herb mixture onto both sides of our chops, make sure to rub it to cover your entire chop evenly. Spray some Cooking Spray on both sides and pop it in your broiler on the prepared pan or baking sheet rack. Cook for about 5 minutes, then flip and broil for an additional 5 minutes.
There are two things to be careful of. First, until you know the exact cooking time needed to cook in your broiler, check 1-2 minutes earlier to ensure your chops don’t burn. Second, you do want your chops to be nice and moist, so if you can adjust the rack in your oven when broiling, make sure to bring it up to about 8 inches from the broiler rods. this will ensure the top browns well without the center drying up. Make sure to always note your cooking time to make it easier to adjust next time.
Once your chops are done, let them rest for about 5 minutes. To serve, place your chops on top of the veggies with your side salad and spoon over some of the pan juices. Yummmmm..