Recipe of the Month:
Honey Garlic Ginger Pork Chops
Two out of three kids enjoyed this, which means it’s a pass in my books (anyone who has kids knows that for all kids to enjoy a singular meal is a complete pipe dream). The marinade works double time to not just season the meat but also gets reduced into a sauce to add to the Udon noodles. My kids and husband especially enjoyed the pasta as an alternative to our usual rice or potato side – if you want an added challenge try eating this meal with chopsticks!
4 boneless pork chops
3-4 packages of Udon Noodles (find these in the “international aisle”)
Veggies for stir frying (I used green pepper, red onion, and carrot)
1/4c. soy sauce
2 garlic cloves pressed
1 tsp ginger
1/4c. orange juice
dash of cayenne pepper (this stuff gets spicy quickly so use it sparingly!)
cornstarch for thickening the sauce
In a bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, cayenne and orange juice. Place chops in an oven safe dish and pour sauce overtop. If you have time, I recommend letting this stuff marinate for at least an hour (you could prep this a day ahead and leave in the fridge for maximum flavour). Bake at 250* for an hour, or until the chops are just about cooked through. Remove chops from oven and drain off the marinade into a pot. If you’re feeling ambitious, put the chops onto the BBQ for 10 minutes to finish up and create the nice outside grill marks. If your BBQ is covered in three feet of snow, put chops back in oven with foil overtop and increase oven temp to 325* for the last 15 minutes or so until they’re cooked through.
Once you’re at this point, start your water for your udon noodles and get your stir fry going. In a small bowl, add about 2 tbsp of corn starch to some cold water and whisk it to mix it until blended. Bring your sauce on the stove up to a boil and add your cornstarch, whisking constantly until it thickens (about two minutes or so). When your Udon noodles are done, put them in a bowl and coat with the sauce. Arrange all the food on the plate so it looks pretty and take a picture… Oh, I mean eat it 😉
About this series: The food series was born out of my love of food – and my desire to share my kid friendly, husband approved recipes with all of you! If you need the full story, I talk about why I started this series in the first place over here. Every month in my newsletter, I release a new recipe – that same day, I will make public last month’s recipe here on this blog. So, even if you’re afraid of another email in your inbox (don’t be, I promise I’m not annoying!) you can have access to a new thing to try. If you ever give it a whirl, please let me know in the comments how it went for you and your family! I look forward to sharing this little part of my life with you all!