Sweet and Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Peppers

Sweet and Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Peppers - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sorry, guys.  I know I’ve been a little lax lately in sharing new recipes with you.  Summer is TOUGH, though!  I’d love to say our summer schedule is nothing but laziness, pool days, and endless time, but anyone with kids knows that it just isn’t. We’re having a great summer so far, but it’s keeping me on my toes, and unfortunately, not in the kitchen (or at the computer) as often as the obsessive-compulsive blogger part of me would like. I know you’re busy too, so I’m sure you understand. Don’t give up on me.  I’m still here!  Just making my way through the season.

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté - Chew Nibble Nosh

 You’ve got to love a meal that can help turn the “picky kid” tide.  Avery, my youngest daughter, claims that she hates pork.  That’s really a bummer, because the rest of us enjoy it, so when I have pork of any sort for dinner, she’s usually a little (or sometimes a lot) pouty.  She’s starting to step out of her comfort zone lately at dinner, and I couldn’t be happier!  If you have ever parented a picky eater, you know EXACTLY the happiness I’m talking about.  It really is one of the greatest parenting triumphs EVER.

Asian Style Pork Stir Fry

Asian-Style Pork Stir Fry - Chew Nibble Nosh

This has certainly been “one of those weeks”.  Every night this week has been a little bit crazy, and when nights are a little bit crazy, I need dinners like this.

Stir fries are a great way to throw together a complete meal in a hurry, and this one was really tasty.  There are a couple of extra steps with this one, but it’s still a really simple meal to throw together when time is short and life is nuts.

Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash

Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash - Chew Nibble Nosh

When my mom came to me about this recipe, and told me how good it was, I was a little bit skeptical.  I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but I’m learning to accept them and, even better, eat them without gagging.  So, when she told me about this amazing, and different, pork and mushroom stew, I was a little leery.

But, as usual…she was right.

Always listen to your Mama.

This dish is actually quite simple to throw together, and the result is pretty spectacular.  It’s not your everyday meat and potatoes dish, and is the perfect thing to warm you up when the Winter wind is (still…) howling.

Pork Chops and Apple Compote: Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland

Pork Chops and Apple Compote - Chew Nibble NoshI’m always up for trying something new, and always up for trying something new that might just be good for me too.  I was recently asked by a colleague of mine at The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network if I might be interested in checking out her new cookbook, called Cooking with Coconut Oil:  Gluten Free, Grain Free Recipes for Good Living.  Elizabeth Nyland, the author, is also a blogger over at guiltykitchen.com, where she writes about her (delicious) paleo lifestyle.  If you’re an avid reader of this blog, it’s pretty obvious that I don’t follow a paleo diet.  That said, I like to keep things healthy, with the occasional splurge, and I’m always looking for new ways to do that.  When Elizabeth asked me if I’d like to check out her book, I jumped right on board.

Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Cucumber Relish and Yogurt Dill Sauce

Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Cucumber Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

Well, after a perfectly beautiful and mild month of June, and first bit of July, summer really decided to kick things into gear this week.  The past few days have been hot!  Not pleasant hot, either, but that sticky, thick hot that smacks you in the face as soon as you step out the door and knocks the oomph right out of you.

On days like that, I have to eat light…and preferably cool.  This meal was the perfect way to end a hot, sticky day.

Pork Scaloppine with Lemon and Capers

One of my favorite restaurant meals is delicious, crispy, pork (or sometimes, chicken) scaloppine with a buttery lemon-caper sauce over pasta.  Packed with butter, cream, and fat, it’s not something I can eat every day.  OK, well, who are we kidding?  I could TOTALLY eat it every day.  I would love to eat it every day.  I just can’t…in good conscience.

I recently grabbed a copy of Cuisine Lite magazine.  The cover boasted that there were loads of “Restaurant quality menus – Lightened up!” waiting for me inside.  Among all of the wonderful looking recipes sat my favorite pork scaloppine dinner, and indeed it was, lightened up.  As you’ve probably guessed by now, I decided to give it a try.

Roasted Chili Verde with Pork and Rice

One of our favorite dishes to splurge on at a local Mexican restaurant is an amazing burrito that’s stuffed with richly flavored shredded beef, corn, tomatoes and all sorts of other goodies, and then it’s slathered in the most amazing green chili verde sauce.  My husband and I LOVE that sauce. It’s what makes the dish!

So, when I came across this recipe in my latest issue of Cooking Light, I figured I’d give it a go.  No, it’s not the burrito that we love, but it was a recipe for a quick, easy, and healthy chili verde, and it looked like something I may be able to get my kids to eat as well, which is always a plus.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Carnitas

We often joke that Emily, my oldest, could easily be a vegetarian if it wasn’t for pork.  That girl loves her bacon, her baby back ribs, her pork tenderloin and chops.  Most recently, she’s discovered that her new favorite thing on the menu at a Mexican restaurant is pork carnitas.  I can’t say I blame her.  They are pretty good.

If you usually stick to the beef or chicken section of the Mexi menu, turn the page and try out the carnitas next time.  Carnitas is slow-roasted, nicely spiced, usually shredded pork shoulder.  It’s delicious and used in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or even as a nacho topping.  And, in many Mexican restaurants, you can order up a plate of just the carnitas on their own!

Crock Pot Barbecue

Congratulations!  The first full week of December is almost in the books!  The upcoming weeks are only going to get crazier, if your house is anything like mine, so here’s an easy recipe to throw in the Crock Pot on a busy day.

I wish I had a bunch of beautiful photos to share with you, but I don’t.  That is a testament to how easy this recipe is, though!  Just a couple of photos means not many steps (or…none of the photos turned out. But, in this case, it’s the “not many steps” thing).