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Stuffed pork chop, bok choy, and sauteed vegetables

I love making stuffed pork chops and bok choy, and I had leftover carrots and a sweet potato so made a new sautee.

Pork chops
Stuffing (I use a turkey stuffing box)
Baby bok choy, roughly chopped
Carrots, diced
Sweet potato (half of one), peeled and diced
1 apple, any kind, peeled and sliced
Butter (3 tbsp)
Oil (1 tbsp)
Brown sugar (1/4 cup)

Boil the carrots until fork tender, then add the diced sweet potatoes. Turn heat off, put lid on, and let them sit until the sweet potatoes are soft. Drain and set aside.

Prepare stuffing, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375. Cut a pocket into the side of the pork chop. Add one tablespoon of stuffing into one pork chop. In a hot skillet, add butter and oil, and sear each side of the pork chop and then place on baking dish and put in oven. Bake for 30 minutes. (less time if the pork chop is not that thick)

While pork chop is in the oven, in the pan with the oil and butter, add the carrots and sweet potatoes, and sliced apples. Sautee until apples begin to soften and add the remaining stuffing. Continue sauteeing until the stuffing becomes almost crunchy.

When the pork chops are almost done, steam the bok choy with a bit of water.

Serve and enjoy !

Vegetarian Chili

Autumn is here and it’s time for comfort food!

My take on Vegetarian Chili:

Vegetarian Chili

1 can red kidney beans
1 can chickpeas
1 can black beans
1 small can corn niblets
1 large can diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic minced
1 white onion diced
Spices to taste

Drain and rinse all canned beans. Add to sautéed onions and garlic. Add spices while it simmers. Let it simmer for 2 hours.

Take a breather

It’s hard to take a breather when you live with family, but sometimes you just need to say – it’s time. For my mental health it’s time.

One of my favourite ways to relax and take a breather is to bake. I love the way it makes me feel – I concentrate on a recipe, take my time putting things together, and then the satisfaction of getting it in the oven and then, of course, the smell of the baking. There’s nothing better than that for me.

Last night, I did just that. I found a recipe for pate a choux and vanilla pastry cream and decided to make them for the first time. It was a good practice run.

Light and airy pate a choux

Once they were ready, I filled them with the pastry cream and drizzled some chocolate on top. They are delicious! I do need to work on my piping skills but I was very pleased with myself on how they turned out.

The finished product!

I slept so well last night because of the baking – it is amazing how calming it is for me. It’s my own kind of meditation.

Taco Night!!

I’ve been craving tacos so tonight I picked up the ingredients for guacamole.

Ingredients
Avocado, half of one mashed up with a fork – I like it chunky
One Roma tomato diced up
About 1/4 cup of red onion diced
Cilantro about a tbsp chopped
Sea salt, olive oil

Mix it all together and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

Season the ground beef with your favourite taco seasoning. Layer your shell with chopped lettuce, guacamole, cheese and beef. Sour cream on the side to dip.