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Juicy Pork Chops

Undoubtably my favorite thing to make when I am craving something salty. Being Latina, pork (chuleta) is a big part of our food culture. HACK: By using microwavable mashed potatoes you cut down dinner time in half. This dish is simple and taste so good. 

Taste: 4/5 (1 AWFUL 5 AMAZING)

Skill: 2/5 (1 EASY - 5 HARD) 

Time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

  • Bone in Pork chops
  • 3 tbsp Fresh chopped chives (for garnish)
  • Apricot preserve 
  • Bob Evans (microwavable mashed potatoes)
  • Adobo
  • pepper
  • butter
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. PRE-HEAT oven to 375
  2. In a medium pan add 1 tsp butter, 1 tsp olive oil on high heat.
  3. Season both sides of the pork chop with adobo and pepper (to taste) 
  4. Sear each side of the pork chop in the pan for 2 mins each. 
  5. In a deep baking pan spray bottom with PAM, and add a tsp of butter on top of each chop and lay them flat in the pan.
  6. Bake pork chops for 12 mins.
  7. Serve pork chops on plate, lightly season pork chop again with adobo and add a table spoon of apricot preserve and garnish with chives. 

Food

Lemon Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

This is a staple dish everyone should make. Very Easy and tasty. Doesn't require skill or many ingredients. 

Taste: 5/5 (1 AWFUL 5 AMAZING)

Skill: 1/5 (1 EASY - 5 HARD) 

Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼lbs of peeled / deveined shrimp
  • 12oz angel hair pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves worth of minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup finely shredded parmesan

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in salted water (aprrox. 5 mins). Reserve ½ cup of pasta water before draining. 
  2. In a large Pan, heat up olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. (i recommend removing the tails before cooking)
  4. Saute for 2 minutes, add minced garlic and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes until the shrimp is fully cooked. 
  5. Toss the drained pasta into the mixture of shrimp and the ½ of the reserved pasta water, add the lemon zest and juice.
  6. Add more pasta water little by little. and toss in the parsley and basil. 
  7. Serve in shallow bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese, and a pinch more of parsley and basil. 

And thats it! enjoy this restaurant quality dish and impress your family effortlessly.