I have to admit I’m a novice when it comes to cooking pork, but this straight-forward recipe came highly reccommended and it was awesome!

I hope you enjoy it!

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

4 (5-ounce) lean center-cut loin pork chops (1/2-inch thick)
1 egg white
2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Cooking spray

Trim fat from chops; set chops aside. Combine next 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl; stir with a wire whisk. Combine breadcrumbs and paprika in a shallow bowl. Dip each chop into egg white mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.

Place chops on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in a shallow roasting pan. Back at 350 degrees for 25 minutes on each side or until done.

This easy soup was a hit in my house. Mr. Hillman’s Helpings said it was the best soup I’d ever made!

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

2 large carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 2-inch chunks (about 3/4 pound)
1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges (about 14 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Remaining ingredient:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preparation

To prepare relish, combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare soup, combine carrots, sweet potato, and onion on a jelly-roll pan; drizzle with oil. Toss to coat. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, stirring after 15 minutes.

Place vegetables, broth, and ginger in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Place half of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture. Stir in salt and pepper. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls.

Hello!

In the past day or so I’ve come down with a nasty virus that has left me bedridden, and I am NOT a good patient. I always think the best medicine is a warm bowl of chicken soup! Below is a recipe for chicken soup with an Asian twist. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to prepare!

Enjoy!

ASIAN CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Serves 8

Ingredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
1 tablespoon bottled grated ginger
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, peeled
2 cups water
2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 red chile pepper, finely chopped

Preparation
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, and lemongrass; sauté 3 minutes. Add water and broth; bring to a boil. Add chicken and pasta; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard lemongrass.

Sincerely,

Lauren Kase
Hillman’s Helpings

Hello!

Forget about Red and Blue. Let’s think about green! Broccoli, that is. Last week, there was a really cold night and I had a hankering for soup. I looked into the fridge and came up with a super easy, quick and delicious recipe for broccoli soup that can be made in less than 30 minutes! I used an immersion blender, but you can use a regular blender or food processor if you have one.

Enjoy!

WEEKNIGHT BROCCOLI SOUP
Serves 4 (ish)

Ingredients
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Extra virgin olive oil
3 broccoli crowns cut into small pieces
1 14 oz. can of chicken broth
Water
2 tbs. fat free half and half
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation

Heat 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes or until the onion is a little translucent. Add the broccoli and cook for one or two minutes longer.

Add the chicken broth, then fill the chicken broth can (about a cup and a half) with water and pour it into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down, cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Puree with an immersion blender (or food processor) and return back to the pot. Stir in the half and half and season with salt and pepper to taste. You have the perfect weeknight soup!

Bon appetit!

Note: To make the soup thicker, add another broccoli crown and use half the amount of water.

Sincerely,

Lauren Kase
Hillman’s Helpings

So this recipe actually called for Snapper, and it required getting out the grill pan for the fish. I was lazy last night (and couldn’t find snapper) so I just used Tilapia and sauteed the fillets in a non-stick pan. It was really good!

Serves 4
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
Cooking spray
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
Preparation

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

Heat a grill pan (or saute pan) over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, shallots, parsley, lemon juice, orange juice, and mustard in a small bowl, stirring well. Slowly add olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Drizzle the shallot mixture over pasta; toss well to coat.

Roasted Butternut Bisque!

This was rich, while still being healthy. I think my guests will love it as a first course.

Serves 4
Ingredients

* 4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
* Cooking spray
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
* 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
* 2 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
* 1 1/2 cups fat-free buttermilk
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Place squash in a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat squash with cooking spray. Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until tender.

3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add squash and broth to pan; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in buttermilk. Reduce heat, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Place one-third of squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serves 4 – enjoy!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon freshly ground green peppercorns
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Cooking spray
4 teaspoons sweet soy sauce
Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a shallow dish. Dredge both sides of salmon in peppercorn mixture.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salmon; cook 2 minutes on each side. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle fillets evenly with soy sauce.