Assembling Dinner in a Pinch
Assembling dinner in a pinch comes about when you don’t have a clue what to serve. You may have a faint idea of what you want, but not a complete meal.
I knew I wanted to fix a pack of boneless sirloin pork chops for dinner. When it came to side dishes, not so sure. Then I remembered there was a spaghetti squash in the refrigerator and a pack of Betty Crocker Homestyle Stuffing Mix in the pantry.
I cut the spaghetti squash length-wise and removed the seeds. I rubbed it with olive oil and turned it cut side down in a casserole dish and put it in a preheated 375 degree oven to cook for 15 minutes.
While the squash cooked, I put the chops in a 2-quart baking dish. I then sprinkled them with Lawry’s Garlic Salt, onion powder, paprika and drizzled them with olive oil. I rubbed this into the chops and then drizzled Worcestershire sauce over the top of them and let them marinate while the squash cooked.
When the squash came out of the oven after 15 minutes, I put the chops in to cook for 30 minutes. The oven was still set at 375 degrees.
Once the squash cooled, I scraped it from the skin using a fork. Then I toss the squash with 2 tablespoons butter, Lawry’s Garlic Salt and fresh julienned basil. I topped it off with fresh grated Parmesan cheese right before I served it.
I prepared the stuffing mix according to the directions on the package.
All in all the meal came together quite well. In the end there was leftover stuffing mix, which I put in the fridge to use with another meal (recipe to come later).
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Serves: 2 Servings
- 1¼ Pounds boneless sirloin pork chops
- Garlic salt (to taste)
- Onion powder (to taste)
- Paprika (to taste)
- Olive oil
- Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
- Put the chops in a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle them with garlic salt, onion powder, paprika and drizzled them with olive oil. Rub this into the chops and then drizzled Worcestershire sauce over the top of them.
- Put the chops in a preheated 375 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes.
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