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Asian Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

Asian Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

Well the weekend is over and the Giants lost to the Cowboys and I need a pick me up. It also was a weekend of kid food and now it’s time for the adults and maybe…just maybe my son will eat this too. You see, it seems that meat is his enemy unless there is some kind of sauce covering it. So I thought this might be a hit with adult and kid alike.

It’s an Asian blueberry balsamic sauce drizzled over pork chops that is a little bitter, a little tangy, and also sweet. That’s right…go figure my 3 year old loves sweet stuff. He wasn’t crazy about it due to flavor overload but he didn’t hate it either. By the end he was liking it and I finally got him to eat pork. The Giants didn’t win but I did and that’s good enough for me!

But what about you? Try this one out and tell me what you think.

Mexican Quinoa Jambalaya

Mexican Quinoa Jambalaya

So it’s the day after Labor Day and its football season. After all the indulging you and I had yesterday I figured it was time for something somewhat healthy but still satisfying on game day! It’s light…but heavy…and very satisfying…it’s a Mexican Quinoa Jambalaya recipe!

It’s a shrimp and chorizo jambalaya layered with Mexican spices and black beans but without the gut busting rice. Instead I use quinoa to give you the perfect balance between light and savory and you won’t need a nap after you eat it.

So I’m sure by now you’ve realized that this recipe is not for my son. It’s for you…all the guys and girls who are trying to stay healthy (kind of) during football season while still trying to enjoy the game with great friends, great family, and great food!

Ancho Infused Maple Pork Chops

Ancho Infused Maple Pork Chops

When I look back I can now see that this probably wasn’t a good idea if my goal was trying to get my son to eat a pork chop. But when I came up with the idea for maple ancho pork chops I couldn’t resist. We’re talking about maple syrup infused with ancho chile peppers and garlic and then caramelized onto some thick juicy pork chops. I was definitely in heaven but my son wasn’t as impressed.

As a breakfast food, my son loves pancakes and maple syrup…but what I wasn’t counting on was that pancakes would be the only food that he would be willing to eat maple syrup with. It didn’t help that it no longer looked like maple syrup when I got through with it. I know he missed out this time but I’ll definitely be making these again sometime soon. He’ll give in eventually! Right?

Tell me what you think!

Gruyere and Fontina Grilled Cheese

Gruyere and Fontina Grilled Cheese

I don’t know many people that have a love affair with grilled cheese the way my son does. So I decided to make a grilled cheese but kick it up a notch. Even my son couldn’t turn down the buttery bread and gooey cheesy onions. He did give it dirty looks at first…well because “Dad, it doesn’t look like a grilled cheese!” But once he took a bite he couldn’t stop and honestly neither could I. This thing was good…NO…GREAT!

Neither of us has had a grilled cheese like this before but I know he’ll be asking me to make it again sometime soon. That is if I can wait for that…I might have to go rogue and make it for myself when he’s sleeping.

Sometimes simple is better…and this is one of those times! Chalk one up for Dad!

Blackened Steak Salad

Blackened Steak Salad

After my Asian Beef and Quinoa Lettuce Wrap victory I decided to push it a little farther. In hindsight, I probably made this more for me than my son…kind of!

I honestly thought that I could get him to eat this! I mean…come on… a grilled to perfection filet mignon and cheese atop a fresh crisp salad. I know what you’re thinking, steak and cheese, GUY FOOD! I’m a guy he’s a guy, no problem right? WRONG!

It was all logical thinking except for the fact that I forgot for a minute that he’s only 3 yrs old! Well, I tried even if it didn’t go as planned and I got myself a great meal out of it too.

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