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Garlicky Peppers & Onion Saute

By February 23, 2017 No Comments

I don’t always follow recipes, but when I do, I tweak them just a little bit. I can’t help it. Sometimes this happens because I don’t have enough of a certain ingredient, or maybe I didn’t feel like buying a whole container of sour cream when all I need is a couple of tablespoons (used cream cheese instead). Sometimes I just feel the dish could use a little something extra. Like garlic.  I’m always suspicious when I read a recipe that calls for 1 clove of garlic. I mean, seriously!? One? Clearly they haven’t tested this recipe enough or just don’t know about the benefits of garlic. So I add a few more.

Most recipes are very forgiving when it comes to tweaking them (except for certain baked goods). Keep tasting while you cook and add things like salt and spices gradually. Taste to see how the flavor develop. Cooking isn’t really hard. It just takes practice. Just like riding a bike or playing the piano. Keep trying. Keep tasting.

Mark Bittman has a great book called “The Kitchen Matrix” – and while the title may sound daunting, it’s actually not. Packed with photographs, it emphasizes creativity, improvisation, and simplicity as the keys to varied cooking. Even if you’re not into reading cookbooks or experimenting with what’s in your saute pan, it’s still great inspiration for when the midweek-dinner dullness sets in. Which even happens to us, despite me being a cookbook addict. I look through magazines to find inspiration as well, which is where this meal came from.

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Garlicky Peppers & Onion Saute Yum
So much flavor with so little effort! Impress your family tonight with this tasty veggie side.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil/ghee in a large saute pan or deep skillet on medium heat. Then add the chopped peppers and cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the sliced onions and garlic and cook on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While this cooks, you can get the pork chops ready by seasoning them with 1/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper and the paprika powder.
  4. Add the halved tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, and the chopped herbs to the peppers & onions. Stir and cook for about 5-6 minutes.
  5. While the tomatoes soften, heat the ghee/butter in another large skillet on medium high heat. Cook the seasoned pork chops about 4 minutes on each side. Then remove from the pan and let rest for a minute.
  6. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the sauteed peppers on top of each pork chop and enjoy! You can also add some homemade oven fries to this dish or some mashed cauliflower.
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About Ulla Schindler

Ulla is a holistic health coach, mom, wife, career changer, and the owner of themindfulplate.com where she teaches people how to start and sustain a healthy lifestyle so they can confidently shop, cook, and eat for a healthier body, mind, and planet. Ulla graduated from Bauman College, and lives in Hollywood, FL with her husband and two kids.

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