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Photo Updated January 2013

It’s 3 recipes today!! This meal was actually made back in December, but I am just now getting around to posting about it – so much to post, so little time…

One of my favorite things that they do in the Cooking Light magazine sometimes is layout a full meal plan. They give you the main dish, plus a side or two, and give you the timing – or a “Game Plan.” Why do I love this so much? Well, if you have been reading my blog, you know that I have a hard time coming up with side dishes, so this takes the guessing game away for that. Plus, I am horrible at meal timing. I’m sure I could make dinner faster and more efficient most days, but I’m bad about knowing when to start one thing, or what I should be doing while another thing cooks. This game plan lays it all out for you, and you end up with a quick and effortless meal!!

I was especially excited to try this meal because I had never had grits before. Growing up, I was never a fan of hot cereal for breakfast. I could do without oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Even today I’m not a big fan. So needless to say, I had never made grits with dinner. Well, my husband was on a grits kick for breakfast, so we had some at home, and when I saw this meal plan, I decided to give it them a try!

The pork chops don’t get much easier. The recipe calls for bone-in chops, but I think I had some boneless chops in my freezer, so I used those and they worked just fine. A rub is made from spices I already have in my spice cabinet, and the the chops are grilled. Since it was December, I just used my grill pan, but I bet these would be great on the bbq grill.

Not only were the grits easy to prepare, but I couldn’t believe how much I really liked them!! Maybe it was the cheese, because if you put enough cheese on something, I’m sure I’ll like it, but I really fell in love with the whole dish! I’m thinking that I need to re-visit the idea of grits for breakfast now…

Cucumber Red Onion Salad | www.tasteandtellblog.comPhoto Updated January 2013

On the menu, it lists a cucumber-red onion salad, but a recipe is not given. I couldn’t see us eating just cucumbers and red onions mixed together, so I did a quick online search and came up with this salad. I was a little unsure about it at first, but it was very refreshing and delicious!! In fact, my husband liked it so much that there was nothing left! Update January 2013 – you can find the recipe for this Cucumber Red Onion Salad on the Cafe Zupas blog!

Overall, this was a delicious and satisfying meal. I can’t wait to try it again this summer when we have the grill out and I can use fresh cucumbers from the garden!

Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops & Cheddar Grits
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An easy pork chop dinner that can be made from pantry spices.
Serves: 4 servings
Pork Chops
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 boneless pork chops (about ½ inch thick)
  • Cooking Spray
Cheddar Grits
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ¾ cup quick cooking grits
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
For the pork chops:
  1. Combine the brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, dry mustard, allspice and red pepper. Rub over both sides of the pork.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Cook the pork for 2 minutes on each side. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook the pork until done, turning occasionally. Remove from pan and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
For the cheddar grits:
  1. Combine the milk and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in the grits. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thick. Remove from the heat and add in the cheese, butter, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese melts.
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  3. slightly adapted from Cooking Light April 2007

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24 Responses to Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops and Cheddar Grits

  1. Cakespy says:

    I am a huge sucker for grits. Ever since my first trip to visit an aunt in the south I have been hooked. This looks like a wonderful pairing with the pork chops and onion salad–rich and lovely. MMMM.

  2. Katie B. says:

    Grits are much loved in our household, too – and your trio looks perfect together!! I never would have thought to put it together like that, but this is what makes meal plans and recipes such a live-saver!

  3. Sarah says:

    That looks like an awesome dinner! Perfect for company in the summer…I will be sure to try this out. Glad you realized you like grits…they are delicious!

  4. Kelly-Jane says:

    I’ve never eaten grits! Lovely dinner =)

  5. Katy says:

    cheddar grits – yum! i bet that recipe would be great with polenta too.

  6. Patsyk says:

    The cucumber and red onion salad looks exactly like what my mom makes in the summertime… I’m going to mark your recipe so I can come back to it when the warmer weather gets here, eventually! 😉

  7. Jenny says:

    Ooooh, I love the looks of this recipe! A great dinner for sure! And that salad, mmm!

  8. breadchick says:

    Ok, maybe I could like grits if I had them this way….

  9. Christine says:

    I love grits and the cucumber salad looks delicious! Looking forward to grilling when the weather gets better. Will definitely give this a try!

  10. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I don’t think I have eaten grits. I’m curious!

  11. ruthEbabes says:

    I love pork chops…. don’t get to have them often though and I’ve never had a BBQ rubbed one before. I’ll have to remember this for next time.

  12. eatingplum says:

    I love pork and grits! What a great combo.

    Thank you for visiting my site today! =)

  13. Cynthia says:

    Darn girl! You’ve made me hungry.

  14. Kevin says:

    That meal does look good. Especially the cheesy grits. I will have to try grits.

  15. Abby says:

    Those are some Cooking Light recipes I can handle! Sometimes they have SO MANY ingredients that I get too bogged down, but these look great.

    Yummy meal!

  16. Shandy says:

    What a fantastic meal! I love Cooking Light =D. The grits side dish looks perfect and I know my family would really enjoy all of the dishes!

  17. April says:

    This looks really yummy!!

  18. noble pig says:

    This looks absolutely delish. God, I do love grits.

  19. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Grits are an often overlooked side dish…they really can take a multitude of additions, but cheese is the best! Great “game plan” dinner!

  20. Katerina says:

    These look good! I just made pork chops for the first time in my life and I really liked them, so I will have to try this out. Thanks.

  21. Kristina says:

    This looks delish! I’m from South Georgia, so grits are pretty much a diet staple lol and I love cheese grits! They’re especially good with seafood imo.
    If you want to try some more souther cuisine with grits, I have an awesome traditional shrimp n grits recipe. It’s one of my favorite comfort meals 🙂

  22. Wendi says:

    i made this whole menu for dinner last night. It was fabulous. thanks so much for posting it and for such an inspirational website. I love it!

  23. Bellini Valli says:

    Can you believe I have never had grits. The pork and salad look flavourful and I’m sure were complimented by the cheesy grits:D

  24. Anonymous says:

    good design

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