Easy Meal Prep: Asian Peppered Pork Chops

It has been awhile since I made one of my Easy Meal Prep meals from EZ Dinners. They do require at least a little bit of planning (aka defrosting for 24 hours) that I was finally able to do. Last night's meal was Asian Peppered Pork Chops. Everything in the picture at left was included in the meal except for the brown rice. It just required the 24 hours of defrosting, then sauteeing it in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on each side for 6 minutes. Then as the pork chops rested for a few minutes, I dumped the veggies in with a drizzle of EVOO and cooked them for just a few minutes with a couple drops of sesame oil. Turned out pretty darn well and it is a wonderful alternative to fast food.

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10 comments:

  1. Rachael Ray rocks and so does your blog!

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  2. Aw shucks, Looksy. Thanks so much! I am glad you like it and I hope you keep coming back!

    And I agree, Rachael Ray does rock.

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  3. it always bothers me to see an asian syle meal cooked with olive oil-why not try some real oil...rice oil-it's also better than vegetable oil.

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  4. Hey Pinkie - thanks for stopping by.

    Keep in mind that these pork chops were made in an easy meal prep store and frozen, so are not very authentic to begin with! But, putting that aside, I have seen veg oil as a common oil to use in Asian cooking - if it's good enough for Martin Yan (http://www.harpercollins.com/global_scripts/product_catalog/book_xml.asp?isbn=0060084758&tc=cx), its good enough for me!

    As for the olive oil, I try to use it for the heart healthy fat (esp since I used veg oil for the chops).

    Rice oil sounds interesting, but I have never noticed it in my grocery store. I will definitely look out for it and give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion, Pinkie!

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  5. Keep an eye out for sesame oil too-- this is a good oil that's often called for with Asian food.

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  6. Now, my understanding of sesame oil is that it is a condiment, not a cooking oil. At least that's what Rachael Ray says when she uses it. So many oils, so little time.

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  7. Madeline - I have a few recipes that call for sesame oil during the cooking process. It has quite the impactful flavor - a little bit goes a l-o-n-g way, that's for sure.

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  8. Cate - I love sesame oil, too. It is one of the star ingredients in one of my all-time favorite RR recipes - the Korean flank steak. You and Rachael are on the same page - she also says a little goes a long way. It sure is tempting to add more, though.

    Here's the recipe for the flank steak if you are interested: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_30793,00.html

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  10. Thanks, Holmes, but I like to visit them, not run one!

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