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A simple pan seared pork chop would be perfect for dinner with a side of easy Garlic Parmesan Summer Vegetables!
Can we just take a deep breath in and let the sun shine on our faces for just a little bit. It’s true that I use to be a winter kind of girl but these last few years have me begging for summer to appear the second it starts to leave us.
I have officially started to give up my winter food habits for my summer ones. During the winter I find myself gravitating towards comforting soups and hot from the oven casseroles. During the summer months I’m more of a fruit and veggies girl with a few popsicles thrown in for good measure. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably still be having soup during the warmer months but over all I tend to move towards fruits and vegetables as well as grilled foods.
Not that you can only eat vegetables and grilled foods during the summer but that’s when I tend to want them.
This will be our first spring and summer in the apartment, I’m excited to be downtown when the summer festivities start but I’m also somewhat sad that we won’t get to enjoy our patio and grill. You know, how it feels to sit outside on a warm summer day and light the grill before tossing on a few pork chops or steaks, I’m afraid that we’re really going to miss that. I hear that we can use the grills at the apartment complex across the way so that might be an option for us this summer. Maybe no one else will want to use them and I can grill out there with Thomas without looking like a crazy person for photographing our food.
Until the time comes though that we decide to head over and check out those grills, let’s just stick to making summer recipes in my little kitchen, ok? Still lots of flavor and slightly less people to stare at me while I snap photos. 😉
Let’s start with the vegetables, you’re going to want to go with your favorite summer vegetables here. I went with, tiny red potatoes, zucchini, squash and corn on the cob.
Well, the corn on the cob gets a little shave since we’re just going to be tossing the corn kernels into the finished dish but it’ll be easier to boil while it’s still on the cob, I’m trying to keep things simple here. Warmer weather is perfect for keeping things simple and for relaxing, I want to do the same in the kitchen.
Since we’re trying to keep things simple in the kitchen, let’s talk about something new for a second. Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces are exactly what I’m looking for when it comes to keeping things simple in the kitchen, not only in the summer but year round. You can just gather up your vegetables, don’t be picky, just grab the ones you love.
Then you’re just going to cook them, they’ll be perfect steamed, grilled, roasted, or boiled. Once you’ve cooked your vegetables to perfection, plate them and then flavor them with dollops of one of the four Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces.
Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces are available in four flavors: Garlic Parmesan, Lemon Basil, Thai Chili, and Honey Balsamic. Psst. Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces range between 20-45 calories. just so you know.
For the vegetables that went along with this Pan-Seared Pork Chop I stuck to the Garlic Parmesan Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces! I’ve always been a garlic and Parmesan lover, so you know that I was being pulled in that direction when I was trying out these Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ flavors. You’ll be able to find the Marzetti® Veggie Drizzle™ Finishing Sauces near the refrigerated pre-prepared items in your local grocery store and I know that you’re going to want to stop and grab a few bottles to have on hand.
This pork chop is easy to make, you’re going to want to start it on the stove top in an oven proof skillet and then move it into the oven to finish the cooking. While you’re doing that, you can go ahead and boil your vegetables. After that, you’re just plating, flavoring and chowing down!
Bring on the warm weather, bring on the meats and vegetables, bring on the flavor!