One day it’s warm and sunny and I am wearing shorts and a T-shirt. The very next day it’s 40 degrees colder and windy and rainy and I am wearing my coat and boots again.This up and down weather we are having is very typical for spring-time in Ohio, but it has my mood in a funk. On days like today, I just want to curl up under a blanket on the couch and just sleep, so I feel like I haven’t been as productive lately, especially not when it comes to planning our weekly menu and trying out new recipes. Buuutttt….I did manage to try 3 new recipes and loved each one.
3 NEW RECIPES
First up are these brown sugar glazed pork chops.
I am not usually a big fan of pork chops because I never cook them quite right. Mine always taste so dry and are just so boring. One night I was looking for a recipe to bake our chops instead of cooking them in the skillet, when I came across Budget Bytes. It’s this cool blog where Beth creates recipes that taste great but don’t cost a fortune to make. Her recipes are not necessarily Paleo or low-fat, but they do look delicious!
These pork chops were AMAZING!!!!! They were tender and juicy and oh-so-tasty! And simple. Did I mention simple and fast and easy???? With simple ingredients I already had on hand? Yes, they were. My whole family enjoyed them. I love this recipe so much, that I have made them 2 weeks in a row. I HIGHLY recommend trying this recipe.
I thought some soup would be nice for the wacky, cold days (even though we are still in April…), so I gave this Chicken Tortilla-less Soup recipe a try.
I used frozen chicken breasts (it’s what I had on hand), so part of my prep time included waiting for them to thaw in hot water. But other than that, this soup was also pretty easy to make. In fact, I made the soup the same night I made the pork chops this week, and just reheated it the next day for dinner. VERY tasty!! If you like spicy tortilla soup, you may want to add a dash of hot sauce or something, but my girls are not spicy-loving people, so we liked the recipe just as it is. This one is Paleo and Whole30 approved.
And the third new recipe I tried was this garlic scallops recipe.
https://ciaoflorentina.com/garlic-scallops-recipe-healthy/amp/ (no picture is going to show up…bummer)
I don’t buy scallops often because 1) they are a bit pricey, 2) I don’t always really know how to make them, and 3) the girls aren’t big fans. But I LOVE them! And this recipe was easy and tasty and they came out oh-so-good! I paired them with veggies–zucchini, squash, peppers, mushrooms, and onion–that I sautéed in the stuff I made the scallops in.
So there you go! Three new recipes that have quickly become our favorites! Give them a try and let me know (and the bloggers who posted the recipes) what you think!
Trying out new recipes like these keep me motivated (despite the weather–lol) to stick to my meal plan and healthy lifestyle. If you are looking for some motivation and accountability too, you should consider joining my private, 30 day online accountability group. We have a new one start at the end of every month. In this group we share recipes and success tips. We complete challenges and earn prizes. We complete our workouts and stick to our meal plans. And we get our daily dose of dense nutrition by drinking our shakes. It’s the BEST way to lose weight and feel great! You can read more about our accountability groups HERE and HERE or you can click the link below to contact us for more information.