mozzarella pork & pesto tomatoes

Hello friends!

I hope that y’all’s week is going well! I have officially taken my last final of my college career… It’s weird. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, and it’s kind of a weird thing to wrap my brain around. And in two ish days, I’ll be walking the stage into adulthood.. Yikes.

So anyways enough of that, let’s talk about food! That’s my stress relief and it benefits everyone involved! This week I kind of threw this together and hoped for the best, and I was actually pleasantly surprised! I always love a little Italian food, it’s definitely a comfort at times (especially this week!) that just makes life better.

This week I made a mozzarella pork with pesto sauteed tomatoes with broccoli. Stay tuned for the recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb of pork chops
  • 1 small pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • onion and garlic powder
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  • First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • While the oven is preheating, place the pork chops in a baking pan.
  • Season them with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. (I added some Italian seasoning but it’s not necessary)
  • Place the pork in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • While the pork is baking, cut up the tomatoes from the package and add them to a pan set on medium heat.
  • The tomatoes take awhile (about 10 minutes.. It feels like a long time when you’re pretty hungry!) and when they’re getting close to being done, add one tablespoon of pesto and mix well.
  • After the tomatoes have been mixed with the pesto, add the broccoli and the rest of the pesto. Let sit until the broccoli is done cooking. This takes about an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • At this time the pork should be done, so take it out and immediately add as much/ as little mozzarella as you like. This will allow it to melt nicely!
  • After the tomatoes and broccoli are done, turn off the heat and you’re ready to eat! (I do enjoy the occasional rhyme)

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All in all, this recipe cost less than $20 and you can eat on it for days! Adding parmesan is a lovely addition as well. Of course, Italian  always pairs nicely with your favorite wine! I haven’t had a chance to taste this wine yet, but I can imagine it’s quite tasty!

I hope that if y’all make this you enjoy it as much as I did! It’s definitely been a comfort, even though this week is just getting started. Oy vey, it’s going to be a long one!

Anyways, until next time friends!


parmesan crusted pork

Hello there!

I hope y’all’s weeks are starting out well! So far mine’s been very productive, and I’m incredibly excited about that! (I know it’s only Monday though.. So we’ll see!) I’m starting to get everything together for graduation and it’s honestly confusing. Apparently there’s a deadline to order a cap and gown online? Who knew! Anyways, today was a huge step towards getting my life together!

So last week I tried to make something super tasty and it did not turn out at all like I wanted to. I had to take a step back and rethink my life (it was a little frustrating I’ll admit), but I think I redeemed myself! This Parmesan crusted pork recipe is super simple, low carb, and gluten free (my digestive system is rejoicing)! Plus you can put it on just about anything!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pork loins (they usually come in a 1lb package)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  • First, preheat your oven to about 375 degrees.
  • Next, add all of your spices and cheese into a bowl and mix well.
  • Then, put some cooking oil (I either use olive or grape seed) onto your pork and rub it around. This will help the Parmesan mixture stick on better while cooking.
  • After that, coat the pork all over with the dry mixture and put into a baking pan.
  • Let the pork bake for about 20-25 minutes, take it out of the oven, and enjoy!

I definitely loved this recipe. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but it’s really simple and incredibly easy!

This is a great recipe that pairs well with a lot of things. I made some garlic roasted asparagus and bought some mozzarella stuffed mushrooms. SO. GOOD. It also goes well with potatoes or green beans, and even over some pasta! It’s very versatile, and if you’re just wanting to make the pork, it will cost you around $10 if you don’t have some of the spices on hand. Either way, for meal prep it’s incredibly cheap!

Enjoy, until next time friends!

dr. pepper pork tacos

Howdy friends!

Hope all is well. I know many people are back in classes and back to work, and honestly I’m quite jealous! I’ve been lounging around my parent’s house still on break and I cannot wait to go back to work and class (crazy, I know).

As much as I’m not a fan of all the down time, it has given me a lot of time to think. And plan. And I haven’t exactly left Pinterest in a few days….

But anyways! In my quest to eat much healthier this year, I have come across some cauliflower tortillas! Now, this was my first attempt and I have to say, I will need to try again because it is a little more tricky than I realized. However, I landed on a HUGE gem when I came up with what to put in the tacos.

Oh my lanta, if I thought the last recipe I made was a goldmine, this is easily 10x more of a goldmine. So with that, here’s the recipe for Dr. Pepper pork tacos (all Texans rejoice).

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Package of HEB’s fully cooked naturally seasoned pulled pork (it’s a mouthful yes; if you do not have access to an HEB, any microwaveable pulled pork will do)
  • 1/2 of an onion, cut up
  • Roughly 3/4 of a 1.25 liter of Dr. Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
  • A couple dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp of butter

What to do:

  • First, pour your Dr. Pepper into a pot and put on to boil.
  • While that is boiling, cut up your onion and sauté it in a larger pan.
  • Microwave your pork until it is warm all the way through.
  • After the onions are almost done sautéing, add the pork in and bring the heat down to low and let simmer.
  • When the Dr. Pepper is at a boil, reduce the heat and let it cool down a little.
  • Add the brown sugar, ketchup, BBQ sauce, Tabasco, and butter. Stir until it has melted together.
  • When the sauce has cooled down and melted together, pour the sauce mixture into the meat pan and let it simmer for about 30 minutes (it’ll soak the meat real well OMG so yum!)
  • After it’s done simmering, get your tortilla and add the meat and you’re ready to eat!

Now, before you go stuffing your mouth with this deliciousness, lemme stop you. To go with these tacos, I made an avocado ranch and OOH it’s very complimentary!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (I used a regular yogurt cup, it’s about 5.3 ounces)
  • 1/2 a packet of ranch seasoning for Greek yogurt
  • The juice from 1 lime

What to do:

  • Mash up your avocado.
  • Add the yogurt, seasoning, and lime juice.
  • Mix until well blended, and then enjoy!

Okay. So now you can go ahead and eat! This recipe was seriously SO good. I surprised myself quite honestly, I figured it would be tasty but i think this is a recipe that I will keep around to impress people.. It’s that good!

In addition to the avocado ranch, I added mango pico and some cilantro. This had to be eaten with a fork because like I said, I have not mastered the art of cauliflower quite yet. However, if you buy regular tortillas to go with this, it should cost you maybe around $15, possibly less. And it’s a good recipe to have if you’re cooking for other people (or yourself, you’ll get more food that way!).

Anyways, this was a homerun on top of homeruns, and I hope that you are able to make it someday!

Okay friends, until next time!

The Dr. Pepper sauce was based on this recipe: