Friday, August 2, 2013

Monthly Menu: Orange Teriyaki Pork Chops, Steamed Rice, & Sautéed SnowPeas

     So, recently I've taken up on monthly menu planning again.  With Liam going to school pretty soon, I thought having a scheduled menu for the month would definitely answer the question..."what's for dinner?"  I decided to look through Pinterest for some new recipes.  I found some great ones to try out.  I also plan on pre-making some meals to freeze to have on a later day.  

     August 1st: I kicked off our menu with making Orange Teriyaki Pork Chops, Steamed Rice, and Sautéed Snow Peas.  
I found a great recipe for the pork chops from Instructables.

4 to 6 boneless pork chops (the thin ones work great)
3 green onions (thinly sliced)
zest of one orange
juice of one orange (about 1/3 cup)
1 TBsp butter
2 to 3 TBsp Teriyaki Sauce
2 to 3 pinches of brown sugar

How to make them:
Add the butter to a pan and cook the green onions and zest until they start to get fragrant and soften.
Add 1 tsp of teriyaki sauce at this point and stir till combined.
Pull them out of the pan and pop them into a small bowl, set aside.
Salt and pepper the pork chops.
Brown them quickly in the same pan over medium-high heat.
Be careful not to over cook.
Once the pork chops are brown, turn the heat down to low and pour in the orange juice.
Add 1-2 TBsp of teriyaki sauce to your liking.
Add the green onions and zest back into the pan.
Add 1-3 pinches of brown sugar to the pan. (depends on how sweet you want it)
Stir all together and let simmer for 15-20minutes with a lid cracked.
Take out pork chops with completely cooked.
Continue to reduce the orange juice mixture into a sauce to thicken up to your liking.
Serve the Pork Chops over some Steamed Rice along side some sautéed Snow Peas and Enjoy!
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