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Grilled Apple and Bacon Pork Chops

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone’s weekends were great.  Mine was pretty mellow and relaxing, which is always nice!  We had our first legitimate snow storm come through Saturday so it was the perfect excuse to get snowed in!  Before re-capping though, I wanted to share a recipe I made last week.

I was really missing the grill so decided to fire it up!  Even though it was about 25 degrees out it was definitely worth it (or maybe I should ask Andy that since he was the one who ended up doing the dirty work).  I wanted to grill some pork chops but didn’t want to make my barbecue and rosemary chops.

I came up with Grilled Apple and Bacon Pork chops. The apple and bacon is really just a saute that I topped the pork chops with once they were off the grill.

Grilled Apple and Bacon Pork Chops

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  • 3 Bone-in Pork Chops
  • 1 Gala Apple, diced
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 Slices of Thick Bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Sage

Melt about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave and pour over your pork chops.  Try to have them in a warm place so the oil doesn’t harden right away.  Sprinkle each side with salt, pepper, and sage.  Place the pork chops on grill over medium high heat.  Grill one side for about 8-10 minutes.  Flip, and cook the other side for 8 – 10 minutes or until cooked through.

While the chops are grilling you can prepare the Apple and Bacon saute.  Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and place in a hot pan over medium heat.  Put your bacon in the pan first and cook for about a minute so that your pan is nice and greased.  Add the apple and onions.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sage.  Continue cooking and mixing around for 8 – 10 minutes.  Leave on low until pork chops are done.

Top your pork chops with the apple and bacon saute!  I loved this dish.  I hope you do too!

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A Girl’s Night with a Chicken Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

Last night I had a “Girls Night.”  I love a girl’s night and hope I have them through my twenties, thirties, forties, until forever!  Three of my best friends came over to celebrate Christina’s birthday.  We completely vegged out.  Which means, comfy clothes, wine, dinner, dessert, and even some silly yoga.

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I wanted to make a nice fall dish for everyone.  I thought about it all day trying to think up a dish.  I knew I wanted sweet potatoes, maybe some fall vegetables, and chicken.  Then I remembered the sweet potato and apple hash I made recently and got inspired by that.  I decided it would be easier to make a one dish meal – ya know take a bunch of ingredients, throw them in a pan, put it in the oven, and done – that’s my kind of meal!  And so was born the Chicken Sweet Potato and Apple Bake.

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Chicken Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

  • 4 Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Macintosh Apple (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes / Yams (cut into cubes)
  • 1 Red Onion (cut into cubes)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh Rosemary

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Put the coconut oil in a casserole dish and put it in the oven for a couple of minutes for it to melt.  Place the 4 chicken breasts in the dish and salt and pepper each side.  Add in the sweet potatoes, apples, and onions on top of and around the chicken.  Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper and a dash of cinnamon over the dish.  Top with some fresh rosemary.  Cover with tin foil or lid and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes.  Enjoy with a grilled vegetable – I did asparagus last night.

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After dinner and a few glasses of wine we had plenty of girl talk, life in your 20s talk, more wine, pumpkin spice hershey kisses (so good), selfies, and down dog practice!  All in all it was a pretty fabulous night.  Girls nights are always good for the soul.

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