9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

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Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

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How to cook Pork for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I hope the last few weeks have made you more familiar with your Instant Pot and the handy tool it can be in relieving dinnertime stress. You’ll find a page with links to the tips and recipes for several types of meat and proteins in the past several weeks and today it’s all about how to cook pork for the freezer in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

If you’re wanting to get even more out of your Instapot, check out my 10 best Instant Pot Accessories pot too. Then head back here for all the tips on cooking pork for the freezer in your Instant Pot.

How to Cook Pork Roast in a Pressure Cooker

Here’s a quick video on cooking a pork loin roast in the Instant Pot, along with lots of ideas for how to use your cooked pork when you pull it out of the freezer

The Instant Pot or other pressure cooker makes a great way to cook pork for the freezer.  I will say, it’s not going to be much faster than doing it in the oven, but it is more convenient.

I love that I can set up the Instant Pot right after bringing the meat home from the grocery and start it cooking.  I let it switch to keep warm and then come back on my own time table to shred the meat and put it in the freezer.

For a pork roast or pork loin, add 2-4 cups of water to the instant pot along with the roast.  Season the roast in any way you like.  Simple salt and pepper is the most versatile, but you might also like dried herbs, paprika, crushed red pepper or other seasonings.

Set the pot for a cook time of 55-60 minutes.  If the roast is frozen, add 5-10 minutes of cook time.  It will take longer for the pot to reach pressure when cooking from frozen so you’ll also need to factor that in.

Most of the recipes below are different ways to cook pork, but they make a great jumping off point for using pre-cooked pork you have on hand.
For instance, instead of making the taco recipes from scratch, use cooked and shredded pork, add barbecue sauce and serve in tacos topped with your choice of fixings. We love sauteed green peppers and onions on barbecue tacos!

A Few Classics

  • This Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast only takes a few minutes to prep and the results are fantastic!
  • When cumin is involved, dinner is pretty much guaranteed to be tasty.  This Cumin Pork Roast also calls for black beans so you get even more bang for your buck.
  • My Pulled Pork recipe starts with cooked pork, some tasty spices and the crock pot for a fuss-free dinner that’s sure to please a crowd.
  • Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use cooked pork for a quick and healthy dinner

Mexican Inspired Pork Dishes

A Collection or Pork Sandwiches

Some Tasty Pork Recipes from around the World

  • Slow Cooker BBQ Tacos will make you wonder why you’ve never tried a Korean BBQ taco.
  • Mediterranean Pork with Couscous is a comfort food dish that can be prepared in the Instant Pot but will taste more like it’s been cooking all day long.
  • Brazilian Feijoada is one of those recipes that takes a little more time, but it is so very worth it!
  • If it’s an Asian twist that you prefer on dinner, try this Thai Style Pork that pairs well served on a bed of Basmati rice

The more familiar you become with your Instant Pot, the more recipes you’ll find to tweak slightly and use some of the pork that you’ve cooked and frozen to cut down on dinnertime prep.

Let your imagination be your guide for these ideas, but I promise if you have the pork ready in the freezer, you’re just minutes away from having dinner on the table!

 

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22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

I don’t know why, but I feel like I get stuck in a rut a lot with pork. It’s not that there aren’t dozens of ways to cook it, it’s just that I draw a blank on what to make with it. Sometimes I see recipes that look so good, but so seem a bit complicated and time-consuming. But, thanks to the slow cooker, it’s really not that hard.

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I love the way that pork works with sweet, tangy flavors. As a sweeter meat, you can put sweeter sauces and fruits with it that you can’t with other kinds of protein. This makes it a great choice for sweet bbq style sandwiches, and sweet and sour Asian dishes. But Pork can hold its own with spicy flavors too.  Pulled pork is one of my favorite things. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. It’s good in a hot sandwich. It’s good in a taco. It’s amazing on top of sweet potatoes. But there are so many other pork dinners that we enjoy. From spicy tacos, to Mediterranean flair, to that delicious asian flavors. Making pork in the slow cooker is easy because you can cook it long and slow and get the meat tender and flavorful without drying it out. And with so many ways to make it, you are sure to find a meal that your family loves!

22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker

  1. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  2. Pork Gravy Sandwiches
  3. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  4. Tany Sweet Pork Chops
  5. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  6. Pork Carnitas
  7. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  8. Honey Dijon Pork Chops &  Apples
  9. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  10. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  11. Italian Herb Salt Pork Roast and Potatoes

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  1. Cumin Pork Roast and Beans
  2. Mediterranean Pork with Couscous
  3. Brazillian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans
  4. Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  5. Thai Style Pork
  6. Mexi Style Pulled Pork
  7. Shredded Pork Tostadas
  8. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  9. Pulled Pork & Mexican Coleslaw Tacos
  10. Asian Pork Tenderloin
  11. Jerk Pork

 

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Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner - perfect for fall!

Am I the only one who thinks of Peter Brady when I say the title of the recipe today?

This recipe doesn’t have apple sauce, but it does have that great combo of pork and apples.  It all gets made on a sheet pan, so it’s super simple.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

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Any type of apple will work for this.  A tart apple might be best, if you have that option, but any apples you have on hand are fine.

I love using these thin, boneless pork chops.  They cook so fast! Serve roasted green beans, brussels sprouts or other green vegetable with this meal.

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs. boneless pork chops, thin cut
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Brush sheet pan with olive oil.
  2. Place pork chops on pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir apples together with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Pour apples onto sheet pan with pork chops.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and apples are tender.

 

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Baked Thin Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

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Baked thin pork chops make this sheet pan dinner quick and tasty!

I really like using these boneless baked thin pork chops for this recipe.  They’re relatively inexpensive (groceries are getting crazy high in price!), they’re versatile and easy to use.  I need to do a post with lots of different ways to cook with these chops.

I’ve made this sheet pan dinner several times now.  It’s easy and it cooks in just about 30 minutes or a bit less.

To keep the prep quick, I used very small potatoes that didn’t require any chopping.  The green beans took longer to prep.  Brussels sprouts would work well and might be quicker.  Or try slices of cabbage.

One benefit of these baked thin pork chops is that they cook in the same amount of time the vegetables need. With a thicker cut of meat, you would need to put the meat in first and then add the veggies to the pan later.  This way it all goes in at the same time.

The beauty of a sheet pan dinner

I have a really big sheet pan that I bought at Walmart.  I love it because it fits a whole meal for a family.  My sheet pan is similar to this one.  If you don’t have a large pan, use two regular sized ones.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meal.  Keep in mind that the veggies and seasonings can be swapped for other things.

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This time I used McCormick’s Smokehouse Maple seasoning on the chops.  I love this stuff!  We flew through the first container of it and when I saw it in the store, I grabbed another.

I kept the seasoning on the veggies simple with kosher salt and black pepper.  Sometimes I like to sprinkle McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning over everything though.  That’s another favorite for my family.

Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 cups small potatoes or chopped potatoes
  • 3-4 cups green beans, trimmed and cleaned
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless thin cut pork chops
  • Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other seasoning blend
Instructions
  1. Brush one large or two small rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.
  2. Toss potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  3. Toss green beans with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  4. Brush pork chops with olive oil and place in the remaining space on the pan. Sprinkle chops with seasoning.
  5. Place pan in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until meat is cooked through and potatoes are tender.

 

 

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Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

 

One of my goals for this summer is to increase my grilling skills.  I’ve been wanting a ceramic grill for a while, but now is not the time for us to buy.  So I’m committed to really learning to use the gas grill.

I’ve cooked on a gas grill for years, but I’ve never really tried to learn any techniques.  But this year, I’ve really been working on seeking out good grilling methods.

Enter this 7-6-5 Method for grilling pork tenderloins.  This is so easy and so full of flavor!  I’ve done this multiple times already.  The process involves brining the pork for about 45 minutes.  Brining just means pouring cool water mixed with kosher salt and sugar over the pork and letting it sit in the fridge.  It couldn’t be simpler.

After the brine, I pat the meat dry and usually give it a generous sprinkle of McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning or McCormick Maple Smokehouse Seasoning.  But this time I decided to give it an extra summery flare and use peaches.

I pureed a couple of peaches, added McCormick ground ginger and rubbed the meat down with the peach sauce.  The sugar in the peaches gave the pork a nice char on the outside.

To serve along with the meat, I added a teaspoon each of brown sugar and soy sauce to the remaining puree and warmed it in the microwave for a minute.  The ginger, peach and pork make a wonderful combination!

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Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Tacos

 

This recipe came about due to two things.

First, a friend mentioned having Korean tacos and how good they were.  I’d never tried them, but it sounded great!

Second, I wanted a homemade alternative to this Korean BBQ Mix.  We love this mix, but it’s nice to be able to make something from scratch too.

I did a little research and then altered the recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Hoisin Chicken to come up with this version of Korean BBQ Tacos.  I make no claim that these are authentic.  But I do know they are good!  Really good.

I used pork loin instead of beef or chicken, but any of those meats will work.

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15 Minute Italian Nachos

15 Minute Italian Nachos

 

We love all kinds of nachos.  These Italian Nachos are one of our favorites!

Italian sausage, tomatoes, red pepper, black olives, banana peppers and creamy Alfredo sauce come together in each crunchy bite.  They’re impossible to resist.

And it only takes 15 minutes to put them together.  That includes the time spent browning out the sausage.  You can’t beat that.

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

 

Pork Chops and Baked Beans is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner.  The baked beans have a taste of molasses and the pork chops come out tender and juicy.

This recipe can actually be made in the oven or the slow cooker, so you can match it to your day and schedule.

The ingredients are all common, pantry ingredients.  And it won’t take longer than a few minutes to get it all assembled and ready to bake (or slow cook).

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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