I am constantly trying new recipes, or new takes on old recipes. When I do, my goal is always the same, to make a healthy and satisfying dish that is also full of flavor. Most of the time, I like to think, I'm pretty successful. Sometimes, I'm not. And sometimes
I feel like I hit a home run. This is one of those dishes.
But before we get too far into it, I wanted to check in on one of the toughest topics when it comes to getting and staying healthy, as well as losing weight--fitting activity into your schedule.
I know how hard this is to do, but I also know how important it is. There is always something that needs to be done--job pressures, kids and family, housework, there's always something. And, there always will be. The only answer is to commit to making it a
priority, there really is no other way.
Now there are ways that make it easier to stick to that commitment. Just like in making your New Year's resolution, you need a plan. Here are some suggestions:
- Try to set aside the same time every day for exercise such as first thing in the morning or right after work.
- Set a goal of getting exercise every day. Most of us fail at this but if you try every day, you're much more likely to get the three to five days you need.
- Find ways to work activity into your day such as parking further from the office or store, using your lunch hour to to take an exercise class or a walk, take breaks to stretch.
- Find something active that you enjoy, running, bicycling, martial arts.
- Get active with your kids by playing active games, including video gaming systems like the Wii.
Now, on to the chops. This is really two recipes in one. First you have a pork loin chop, braised in brandy and topped with mushrooms and onions. Then, you have the creamy polenta. I loved the earthy and slightly sweet flavors of the chop and veggies, but I
was super excited at how well the polenta came out. If you don't already know, polenta is coarsely ground corn, most commonly cooked in stock, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. In the past, I have used stock only, but haven't been as happy with it as I would
like. For this version, I substituted evaporated skim milk for the heavy cream and loved how it came out, very creamy without all the guilt.
This one could very well be a regular for us.
You will notice that the polenta makes 6 servings and I only made 4 servings of the chops. I saved the extra two for breakfast, reheating them and topping them with a little maple syrup. Yum!
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