7 February, 2022
Honey Garlic Pork Chops
Once upon a time, I used to menu plan diligently. Every week, we, as a family, got together and I badgered them until we came up with suppers every day for a week or so. For the most part, we would stick to it. After a couple years, I confess, I got lazy about it. I even used to have a database of all the meals we liked with the date we’d last had it….then my computer crashed and I lost the blessed thing.
With food prices climbing quite steadily, there is no surplus income to throw away on food going bad, so I decided to start meal planning again. I found some simple but snazzy templates to print off, and I was off to the races. Unlike the previous template I used, this one has space for breakfast, lunch and supper – my old one was just one box for the day, what I filled it with was up to me. There’s a little room on the side for a shopping list (I take a picture of the list when I go shopping). Cell phones have been the biggest help when it comes to grocery shopping, at least for me. I take a picture and I don’t have to carry a janky piece of paper around with me, and considering the receipt from Costco blew out of my hand and clear across the parking lot on Sunday, that’s probably a good thing.
I will be sharing my meal plans (just a picture of it) as well as links to the recipes I used for the week, if they’re posted, as well as including one new or updated one in the plan post. We’ll see how it goes.
I cannot be the only one trying to make my money go further.
I do have to confess, though, that my first week, well, I was pretty good, except for Monday – I forgot what I was going to stuff the chicken with and completely changed things because I also forgot to look at the darn meal plan, which would have told me my, you know, PLAN, then on Friday, I went grocery shopping and completely lost the plot. We skipped that meal and ordered hot dogs, fries and chicken strips from the Costco food court. Then I made Friday’s supper on Saturday, Saturday’s supper on Sunday and completely skipped Sunday’s supper. 🙂 What baffles me about this? I’m not even chasing around kids – I had no reason!
Anyhoo, here is the meal plan for the week (last week):
I had a request, when we were filling out the weeks’ plan, to make honey garlic pork chops. I don’t actually like honey garlic….anything, really. I have always found it an odd pairing and not the most appealing flavour to me. I did go hunting for a recipe since, because I don’t actually like it, I certainly didn’t have a favourite floating around anywhere.
I found one! Best part about it? I actually really liked it. I was shocked! Shocked I tell you! I found it on cafedelites.com and bless them for it!
I did shortcut here & there, but here’s the gist of it.
- 4 pork chops (I used 3 boneless) – bone in will work, as well
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 TB butter
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup water or broth
- 2 TB vinegar – I used white, but rice wine, apple cider, white wine vinegar would all do the job
Preheat your oven to 390F. Season your chops with pepper & the garlic powder.
Heat the oil in an oven proof pan and brown the seasoned pork chops on all sides. Remove the chops from the pan to a dish and make the sauce.
Melt the butter, and add the rest of the ingredients. Scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan (that’s where all the flavour is). Add the chops back in and put into the oven. Bake until done.
The original recipes says to baste and only bake for 10-15 minutes. My chops were pretty thick so I’m fairly sure they were in there for about 30 minutes (I used a meat thermometer). I did flip the chops once, so both sides could get all saucy.
These were so good. I’m certain the vinegar is the trick. The meat was unbelievably tender and the honey garlic had amazing flavour. I did not thicken the sauce or anything, probably because I was a little dubious and didn’t want to put the effort in. When I make these again, I’ll cook down the sauce and see how it goes.