Today’s a two for one special – two recipes, one post. With these Asian Pork Chops and Stuffed Peppers you’re practically all set for dinner. Add a salad or some corn on the cob and you’re good to go.
Unless of course you don’t get around to cooking these when you had planned because you were out all day. Which is what happened to us. But for good reason; we had lions, and tigers, and bears to see (oh my)!
Rachel and I took Baby Boy to the zoo this past weekend. The first time he’s ever been – and how fun it was experiencing it with him.
Baby Boy loves his animals. Every night he cuddles with his stuffed lion before bed. He loves to give hugs to both Luna, his real dog, and Scout, his stuffed one. And he points and tries to say “Bird” when he sees one on our walks around town. This boy loves everything that moves and makes noise (let’s hope he loves his little brother as much too).
So the zoo was very fun for him. All those animals!
It was fun seeing how excited and interested he was in some of the animals. His favorites were the sheep, emus, and leopards. Horses he could take or leave. And the turtles? Not so excited. Poor turtles. He’ll like them when he’s older and their Teenage Mutant Ninjas.
After a long day of animal spotting, kid train riding, and astronaut ice cream tasting with Mommy and Daddy, it was time to head home.
I had intended on making these Asian Pork Chops with Stuffed Peppers that day, but we were having so much fun we didn’t want to leave early. So we didn’t.
Instead, I marinated the pork over night and made them the next day, which worked out quite well as it gave the meat that extra time to get tasty.
And tasty it is. Quick too. Once you’ve marinated the pork (at least one hour if not waiting over night) you’re less than 10 minutes away from dinner time. Meaning a great weeknight meal, which is what we had.
I’ve never made stuffed peppers before so I can’t tell you how these are in comparison, but I imagine they are a bit different due to the Asian flavors going on here. I loved the flavors here – the rice vinegar in particular reminding me of a dish I used to eat in Japan.
All in all, a very satisfying meal, even if it was a day late in coming.
And as for the zoo, we’ll be heading back again with Baby Boy again.
Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers magazine