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There are only a couple of things I miss about being in the workforce. One of them is having lots of time to blog. Yeah, I know I probably shouldn’t admit to spending most of my days at my former job on the computer food blogging and reading other food blogs, but when you have nothing else to do, it sure does help to fill the time.

But now – with life as a stay-at-home mom, life is busier than ever. My computer time is extremely limited, and I really miss spending so much time in the food blogging world. Not to mention that my folder of food to blog about is growing larger by the day. I probably have at least 30 recipes to share, but even posting 3 times a week is pushing it for me right now.

But even though I don’t spend the time I used to, I still am reading and using your recipes!! Like this meal, saved from Sass & Veracity over 2 years ago. Meals like these are the ones that I can’t believe I waited so long to make.

This pork would be perfect to make now that it is grilling season. I made this a few months ago, and with the unpredictable Utah weather, I made them inside on a stovetop grill. I’m always looking for new ways to cook pork, and this was a great change up.

But this side dish – what a winner!! I always say that I’m going to cook quinoa more often because not only is it tasty, but healthy as well. But then I forget about it until I’m going through my pantry and find a half empty bag. This dish I will not soon forget. So simple, but the ingredients come together so well. This made a ton, but I didn’t mind and snacked on it for days after!

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce
from Sass & Veracity

1/4 c. fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/3 c. olive oil
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
6 (12/-inch-thick) boneless pork chops


  1. Whisk together lime juice, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp. salt, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well. Whisk in cilantro.
  2. Prepare a gas grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-high heat. Pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Oil grill rack, then grill pork chops, covered, turning over once, until just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  3. Serve drizzled with some vinaigrette, and with remainder on the side.

Black-Bean and Tomato Quinoa
from Sass & Veracity

Serves 4

2 tsp. grated lime zest
2 T fresh lime juice
2 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 T vegetable oil
1 tsp. sugar
1 c. quinoa
1 (14-15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 med. tomatoes, diced
4 scallions, chopped
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Whisk together lime zest and juice, butter oil, sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a sieve each time.
  3. Cook quinoa in a medium pot of boiling salter water (1 T salt for 2 quarts water), uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve, then set sieve in same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve).
  4. Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don’t worry if lid doesn’t fit tightly) and steam over medium heat until tender, fluffy, and dry, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove pot from heat and remove lid. Let stand, still covered with towel, 5 minutes.
  6. Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed.
  7. Stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.
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19 Responses to Grilled Pork Chops and Black-Bean & Tomato Quinoa

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A healthy and delicious meal, yummy!



  2. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Wonderful! I’ve been looking for a good quinoa recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Grace says:

    fabulous re-creation, deborah! this was an excellent choice, one of many on kelly’s blog. i enjoy quinoa, but i enjoy black bean-ed quinoa even more. :)

  4. Ryley says:

    AMEN! Thats pretty mmuch all I do at work all day… surf blogs! :)

    Probably shouldn’t huh? Oh well..

    What is Quinoa?? Interesting.. you boil it then steam it? Looks kind of like coucous??

    Looks really good though.. and something I could see us enjoying..

  5. Katerina says:

    Looks good, but where is the goat cheese!? just kidding.

  6. Barbara Bakes says:

    This looks like a great summer meal. I’ll have to give it a try!

  7. Mama Goose says:

    Mmmm. I love quinoa!

  8. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm that quinoa looks good!

  9. Erin says:

    This looks delicious! What a great dinner!

  10. Elyse says:

    Mmm, this looks absolutely delicious! A perfect weeknight dinner! Pork chops make for such a perfect meal. And quinoa–well, it’s one of my favs (ate it for lunch today, in fact)!

  11. Claire says:

    that quinoa really does look great!

  12. Paula says:

    I bet you are busy with that little sous chef on your hip!! I’m so glad you posted this recipe! I love quinoa and this recipe is right up my alley! It’s gluten free, too, which is an added plus for my family! Lovely photography, too! YUM!

  13. kamailesfood says:

    I really enjoy cooking with quinoa especially since it’s so good for you and everyone in my house can eat it. Sounds like a delicious dinner.

  14. Jen says:

    Thanks for this great recipe..It will make such a delicious meal =)

  15. Kevin says:

    I really like using quinoa in salads like this. The pork chops look tasty as well!

  16. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    Where do you find quinoa? I have never seen it and never boughten it? HELP PLEASE!

  17. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    Where do you find quinoa? I have never seen it and never boughten it? HELP PLEASE!

  18. Laura says:

    I can completely relate to having no time to blog/read blogs now that I'm a full-time mom instead of a full-time employee!!! I like the looks of that quinoa, and the pork sounds great too!

  19. Tanya says:

    This recipe was awesome! !!! Sooo good! ! Everyone in the house loved it

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