One time I was reading one of my favorite blogs and in a post the blogger listed the meals she fed her family for the week. The point of the post was sort of “I am not good at dinners, I never know what to make” but it was one of my favorite posts-because I got quite a few great ideas for those simple throw-together family meals-the kind we take for granted and ‘think’ we should be embarrassed by. Grilled cheese and soup, muffin pizzas-that sort of thing. I loved seeing what this other mother, halfway around the world, made for her family and not being overwhelmed by it. It’s SO nice and such a relief today to not be overwhelmed isn’t it?
I think the most important thing about family meals is eating them together-or with as many children as it is possible to gather in between soccer and lacrosse and play practice-and I’m always hunting high and low to find meals that everyone will at least try. Sometimes the simplest meals-the ones that I think to myself “this is so lame, it took no effort, Rachel or Paula or Ree or Giada would be horrified if they were spying in my window”, the ones that are SO not blog worthy, the ones that don’t even really need a recipe, are the ones that we moms might find the most helpful. Especially during certain stages of our lives-with a baby in the house, or when life gets really busy-those times when following complicated recipes, or heck, any sort of recipe, is just about impossible.
So here is one of those no recipe, easy meals, and I have the intention (you probably know how my intentions sometimes pan out) of sharing more.
Easy Pork Chops
I used boneless, thin cut pork loin, about one and a half pounds, or eight cutlets.
For the breading I have used the following:
Shake n Bake
Ritz crackers smashed
For this meal, I only had a little of the first three so I mixed them all up together.
I cracked 4 eggs in a bowl and dipped each pork loin in the egg, and then followed that with a dip into the breading (I needed about 3 cups). You can “shake” the pork loins in a bag but I like them heavily breaded so I really smoosh them into the crumbs on a plate.
I heat a large frying pan on high, with enough oil to cover just the surface of the pan. Any oil will do.
Arrange pork in the pan when hot.
It took me about 4 minutes on each side to cook through.
We had plain egg noodles with butter (always a favorite with the younger crowd) and a side of canned pears.