Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pan Grilled Pork Chops and Healthy Solutions Spice Blends

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Many of you know I don't do reviews very often because I like cook as much from scratch as I can.

So when Healthy Solutions Spice Blends asked me to do a review of their product I was completely on board to try these delicious sounding spice blends with my everyday cooking.

Healthy Solutions offers a line of 16 different spice blends made for busy families that prefer homemade meals over fast food.

They offer a healthy alternative to creating flavorful meals that can be prepared in minutes with their blends such as Hearty Beef Stew, Bold Beef Rub, Italian Meatball, Pork & Poultry Rub, Authentic Chili & Taco, Meatloaf, as well as several fish rubs like Cajun Seafood, Herb Crusted Tilapia, Lemon Pepper Scallops, and many more.

They all come with time saving recipes right on the packet as well as a recipe section on their web page.

I was given the opportunity to try a few rubs and my favorite was the Pork & Poultry Rub.  When I opened the package and took in a whiff it smelled just like pork chops, applesauce, and stuffing all mixed into one.  I don't know how they made it smell so good but I could hardly wait to try this one.

I also tried the Authentic Chili/Taco seasoning blend in some homemade burritos and it was amazing too. The spices inside this packet were the perfect combination of tacos and chili.  I can't wait to make some chili with what I have left over.

Here's what you need for the Pork Chops:

2 Large boneless pork chops (about 1" thick)
1-2 Tbs. Healthy Solutions Pork & Poultry Rub
canola oil
cast iron pan

Place the cast iron pan on the stove (I use a Le Creuset grill pan) and heat to med-hi with a small drizzle of oil in the pan.

Place your pork chops on a plate and drizzle with some oil then sprinkle all sides with the pork rub so that it sticks and kind of makes a paste.

Place pork chops in the pan and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side.
When finished with the second side sear on the edges by holding the meat with tongs and pressing into the pan.  Cover with tin foil and let rest 5-10 minutes. (when cooking pork always test with an instant meat thermometer.  Pork is safe to eat at 145 degrees internal temperature).
Serve with apple sauce as a classic pork chop accompaniment. 
Serves 2


The burritos I made with the Authentic Chili/Taco blend were delicious too.

**Even though I was given the spice blends to try all the opinions are real and my own.**

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