Grilled Pork Chops with Two Melon Salsa

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We’ve been talking a lot about watermelons this summer! And as one of the most hydrating and tasty fruits, we’re happy to have one more reason to incorporate it into our summer dishes, just in time for your Fourth of July cookout!

Ingredients:

FOR SALSA

1 cup chopped seedless watermelon

1 cup chopped honeydew melon

3 tablespoons sweet onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalepeno pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

FOR PORK CHOPS

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut pork chops, trimmed

cooking spray

 

Preparation:

1. To prep salsa, combine the first 7 ingredients and set aside

2. To prep pork chops, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine oil and next 4 ingredients (through black pepper) in a small bowl.  Rub oil mixture over both sides of pork chops. Coat pan with cookies spray. Add pork to pan, cook for 4 minutes on both sides or until desired degree of doneness.

3. Serve with salsa and enjoy!

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Easter Bunny Carrots!

I don’t know about you, but when I was little my family and I would leave carrots on a plate out for the Easter Bunny the night before Easter. Then every Easter Sunday I’d wake up to find an empty plate and a Easter basket. I always found this to be a great tradition and I continue to honor it with my own children. However, instead of disposing of the Easter Bunny’s carrots, I usually put them to good use and whip up a delicious side to go with Easter supper.

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Sauteed Carrots
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 5-7 jumbo-sized carrots, sliced (or one 1lb bag of baby carrots)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add sliced carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they begin to soften slightly.
  2. Add onion and spices, allow to cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions appear translucent.
  3. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 

For some more festive holiday sides, check out Cooking Light’s Easter ideas! There are some tasty recipe options!

Coconut Macaroons with a Chocolate-y Drizzle

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Coconut Macaroons with a Chocolatey Drizzle

With Passover right around the corner, we had the idea of trying out some Kosher for Passover recipes. While this recipe makes a delicious macaroon, it also allows you the opportunity to get your kids helping in the kitchen and to teach them the traditions of Passover.  Make these delectable desserts with your little ones and share with family and friends at your next gathering!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 ½ cups of shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp of salt

Optional:

½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Combine the egg whites, coconut, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt into a bowl.
  3. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Do not let the bowl and the pot touch.
  4. Stir the ingredients until the sugar has melted, roughly 5 minutes.
  5. When the mixture is slightly thick and begins to appear opaque, remove the bowl from the heat.
  6. On parchment paper or a non-stick baking sheet, spoon out 2 tbsp of the batter for each cookie.  Leaving approximately 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes.
  8. Lower the temperature to 325˚F and bake for another 10 minutes so that the outside is a deep golden brown.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool before serving.
  10. (Optional)- Melt the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat.  With a fork dipped into the chocolate, drizzle the chocolate over the macaroons.
  11. (Optional)- Let the cookies sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes until the chocolate has cooled.