Monday, March 12, 2012

Dinner on the Farm: Baked Lemon pepper pork steaks

On the menu tonight: Baked Lemon pepper pork steaks breaded in whole grain bread crumbs. Also, brown rice and barley pilaf with fresh tomatoes and garlic. Sliced avocado will finish it off.

How we prepare it:

A while back we discussed how to make fresh bread crumbs from whole grain bread. It's a cheap way to prepare them and will last for a while. A friend posted a reminder to our facebook site that you can freeze them. That's exactly what I did and I have had enough for several meals.

Our local grocer had boneless pork steaks, more like a boneless center cut pork chop cut thick, on sale for $1.98 lb. This is a great deal as they were trimmed, very lean and boneless....2 packages will make 4 meals for us with left overs for lunch.

We took 4 pork chops, 2 appx. 6-8 oz and 2 appx. 4 oz and seasoned them with Mrs. Dash and pepper. That's it. Then coated them in the whole grain bread crumbs and placed them on a broiler pan that was sprayed with an olive oil based non stick spray. We also spray the pork chops to help brown them.

Bake them at 350 for about 30 minutes. I don't flip them. The vents in the broiler pan help to brown the underside. Crispy beautiful golden brown!

Our steamer has both brown rice and barley base for the pilaf. I have started using 1/2 barley in my brown rice dishes. It's delicious as well as high in fiber and lowers cholesterol. This pilaf simply has 1 cup fresh tomatoes, 1 tablespoon garlic, pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Heart healthy, low in calories, low in fat and virtually no sodium....

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Farm Sunday, rain, rain, glorious rain!

We were blessed again this weekend with another round of thunderstorms. It's a glorious site and welcomed after 18 months of virtually no rain. The spring rains seem to be timed perfectly, giving the previous rain event time to soak in. We've received 2 inches since Friday night with more expected today.

Between rain storms and at least once a day I venture out to check on the newly planted garden fearing the strength of the storms are destroying the vegetables but each time I am elated to see there isn't a leaf out of place. In fact everything looks amazing.

While we had another long day planned for Farm Sunday it looks like we'll be indoors for this one.