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I’ve always deemed Sunday the start of my week, and it is also the day that I cook the heaviest meal. I don’t know how we got into the typical ‘Sunday Dinner’, but we did and there’s no turning back until I get older, develop diabetes and have my foot chopped off (hey, either you get this joke, or you don’t my friends). I cook dinner Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well. With five children, it’s important to make sure they are eating a balanced meal with lots of fruits, veggies, protein, fat, and starch, but not on Friday. I look forward to Friday because that is the day I will not cook. I might order pizza, I might request that everyone eat a sandwich and a bag of chips. Whatever they eat, I won’t be cooking it.
But what about Thursday? That post hump day, almost Friday day that combines my exhaustion with almost time to rest day? I keep those meals simple and yesterday was no exception to the rule. I wanted something not too heavy, but not too light, But was fast and simple. This is what went down last night: Grilled pork chops, roasted potatoes, and salad.
The Pork Chops
I was browsing in Walmart and noticed a cut of pork chop that was new to me. Personally speaking, I’m a sucker for a thin sliced assorted but tonight? Ribeye pork chops. Yeah, you heard me correctly. Getting my husband to get the grill started requires no effort. A dash of salt, some old bay seasoning, and turmeric and to the grill they went.
French fry it, hash it, potato log it, I don’t care, if it’s a potato, I will eat it. I grabbed some red skinned potatoes, diced them, added a little olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley and cayenne pepper and loaded them in a large cast iron skillet. They required an occasional stirring here and there. No big deal. After 30 minutes at 350 degrees on the grill, they were ready for their close up.
It’s been ages since I had a salad with iceberg lettuce, once I encountered fresh spinach, I never looked back. I wanted something fresh, light, inviting and of course delicious, so I added dried cranberries, bacon pieces, goat cheese, walnuts, pecans, almonds and diced green apples. It was as lovely as you think.
Naturally, this meal does not have to your Thursday meal, you can cook it anytime, heck, you can cook it for Thanksgiving or Christmas as well. Quick, delicious and simple.