Comfort Food 101

So it twas again a single ladies night…me and the dogs. After a long road trip, sometimes you can use some ME time. The hubs has a busy week at work and is working the night shift for the next couple of days. On days like this, I like to experiment. So if my dish doesn’t turn out so hot, it’s just me that has to eat it. Too bad this one actually turned out to be a success! That just means more left overs for me…muahahaha! 🙂

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Balsamic Glaze Pork Chops with Loaded Cauliflower Mash

For the pork chops:

  • – 3 boneless skinless pork chops
  • –  salt, pepper, garlic powder to season your pork chops ( I had some leftover fresh rosemary so I just added a few sprigs to it)

Set your oven to 350 degrees. Season your pork chops, place on a pan and throw them into the oven. Let cook for approximately 25-30 minutes. This will depend on how thick your pork chops are.

Loaded Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 T coconut spread
  • 1 T of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 T of salt
  • 1/3 cup of chopped up cooked bacon
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of garlic powder

Chop up your cauliflower and place in a pot with water. Bring to a rolling boiling for approximately 20 minutes. Drain your water out thoroughly and transfer cauliflower into a mixing bowl. Tip, if your cauliflower has a lot of excess water, this will cause your cauliflower mash to end up kind of soupy. Add your coconut spread, coconut milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix with a hand mixer for approximately 3 minutes. You want the mash to be similar to the consistency of mash potatoes. However, it’s almost nearly impossible to get your cauliflower mash as smooth as whipped potatoes, you will still have a few little bits in there.

Once you get your mash to the consistency you want, mix in your chopped up bacon. Tip, I usually make some bacon ahead of time and always have some of my own “bacon bits” in the fridge. When I first started paleo, I would just buy actual bacon bits from the store and then I read what was in the ingredients. Nitrates and sugar, not so paleo.

I’ve found that applegate farms carries a good package of bacon with no nitrates. It’s nearly impossible to find any brand of bacon without sugar. However, applegate’s label states that it has less than 2% of sugar in its product….so I’m good with that.

http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon

Plate your loaded cauliflower mash and the top with a pork chop. I had some left over balsamic reduction from last night, so I drizzled that on top of my pork chop.

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Here’s the recipe for the balsamic reduction/glaze:

Balsamic Glaze
– 1 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 T honey

Instructions
Take a small saucepan and bring your balsamic vinegar and honey to a boil. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes then let simmer for 15 minutes. This allows the vinegar to cook out, thicken and bring a sweetness to the balsamic. Pour the balsamic into a container and let it rest in the refrigerator. While the rest of your food is cooking.

Hope you enjoy! Keep calm and keep it paleo 🙂

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