What’s for Dinner? Tender, Juicy, Honey- Garlic Pork Chops

I have finally found a boneless pork chop recipe that is fool-proof. Always juicy and tender and full of flavor. I’ve never been a fan of boneless pork chops because they are so easily dried out. However, this one is now a staple in my home. I love it! And it’s pretty quick to be so fancy. Win-win!

I’ve been making it with all different sides: garlic soy green beans, salad, mashed parsnips or potatoes. It goes with just about anything. So, give it a try and let me know what you think!


For marinade:
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 clove garlic, minced. (Or one tablespoon of pre-minced garlic)

For the rest:
-2 boneless pork chops (bone in is fine, too!)
-salt and pepper, to season
-2 tablespoons butter
-4 cloves garlic, minced. (Or 4 tablespoons of pre-minced garlic)
-1/4 cup honey
-1/4 cup chicken broth
-2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or any white vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
-1 tablespoon soy/ tamari sauce

1. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and 2 cloves garlic in a ziploc or container and mix. Add chops, making sure they are covered all over. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. In a cast iron skillet, or other oven-safe skillet, heat on medium high.
3. Remove from and wipe off all marinade from the pork chops. Salt and pepper liberally.
4. Sear the fat side of the chops first, until brown. (About 2 minutes) You’ll probably have to hold them up here with tongs.
5. Cook the two main sides of the chops until brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
6. Add the butter and garlic until the garlic starts to brown (About 1 minute). Scrape off any good bits on the bottom.
7. Add the honey, chicken broth, vinegar, and soy sauce. Stir occasionally until the sauce is thick. (About 4-5 minutes)
8. Add the chops back to the pan, making sure to cover them in the sauce.
9. On high broil, add the pan to the oven for 2 minutes, or until slightly charred.

What’s for Dinner? The Most FLAVORFUL Sloppy Joe’s

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this recipe before. It’s one of my fall/winter favorites that freezes and reheats in the microwave perfectly.

I would never say that sloppy joe’s were a favorite of mine, but this recipe is very unique. There’s a ton of veggies snuck in there, so this is great for kids or if you’re looking for a healthier option of the classic. With a variety of textures and flavors, you’ve never had sloppy joe’s like these before. In fact, I also enjoy eating this like chili, with fritos, straight from the bowl. No matter how you choose to enjoy this recipe, I hope it becomes one of your favorites, too.

I will warn you…there’s a lot of chopping ahead. You can do it!

***Also, this is a massive recipe, one for us to eat on for a couple days and then freeze a bunch for later. Feel free to halve this recipe!

-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-4 lbs ground meat (I do half turkey, half chuck….do what you love)
-2 yellow onions
-6 bell peppers (the more colors, the prettier it is)
-2 poblano chilis
-6 celery stalks
-8 tablespoons minced garlic, or 8 cloves
-1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
-2 tablespoons chili powder
-1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper
-2.5 cups of your favorite bbq sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
-1/2 cup ketchup
-2 tablespoons dijon mustard
-4 teaspoons Worcestershire
-2 tablespoons honey
-2 tablespoons brown sugar
-2 tablespoons agave
-1/2 cup water
-4 teaspoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider)
-1 cup cilantro (or any other favorite herb, such as parsley)

1. Chop all the veggies…you can skip arm day for this.
2. In a LARGE bowl, add your EVOO, all ground meat and all chopped veggies minus the garlic and cilantro. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked.
3. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for another couple minutes.
4. Add the cajun seasoning, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well.
5. Add the bbq, ketchup, dijon, water, honey, agave, brown sugar, and
Worcestershire. Stir until it comes to a light boil, then turn the heat down to medium low. Let it cook for 15 minutes.
6. Add the red wine vinegar and cilantro. Let it cook another 15 minutes.
7. Turn the heat off and let it cool for 15 minutes.
8. Enjoy on a toasted bun or however you like!