With the weekend coming up, we all need a little break in the kitchen! This dish is both filling and delicious and if you happen to be an early bird, it can be very economical, too!
When was the last time you did your grocery shopping first thing in the morning? So many of us tend to go in the afternoon or evening, but going first thing in the morning gives you a chance to pick up one of your most expensive items on the cheap! I often stop by the grocery store right after I drop my daughter off at preschool at least twice a week just to bargain shop. As a result I rarely, if ever, pay full price for my meat.
This dish is brought to you this week thanks to an incredible bargain I found on boneless, thick cut pork chops. My husband has always loved this meal and I have always loved things that are thrown together in a dish and turn into dinner on their own!
Now I know full well that many of you are likely not morning people. However, I’ve always been. I LOVE the mornings! I wake up happy and singing and ready to go! My record skips a bit as the rest of the family starts to rise though. As a cruel twist of fate, I am surrounded by two morning grumps and one semi-morning person. How do I combat this? The exact same way my mother did, with a SONG!!
This is my FAVORITE Good Morning song! I actually have a repertoire of three good morning songs but this one is a no fail solution to starting your day off right. Sometimes, I sneak in the den and pull up this video on the computer, then I turn the speakers up as high as they will go and BLARE IT to wake everyone up! ~giggles~ I know, I’m awful, but it sure is fun and I know they’ll look back and grin when they remember those mornings!
My mother did much the same thing, only at a much earlier hour than I do. Every school morning, my door would BURST open about five a.m., slamming against the wall as Mama entered with an arm outstretched like she was in a broadway musical and she’d belt out her good morning song “It’s time to RISE and SHINE! Tell the world HELLO! Give a big three cheers to the people you KNOW!”. I tried to find a video for that one but it has eluded me. I think it was originally from the Mickey Mouse Club, though.
Mama thinks its fun to ask me to sing the Good Morning song on the speaker phone of her cell when she is away on quilting retreats – because I always will! I don’t have much of a singing voice, but I make up for quality in volume and gusto! A note to readers: Don’t ever ask me to sing because I will! I especially can’t resist requests for “Row, Row, Row your Boat” sung backwards, Modern Major General (of which I know ALL the words!), and this Good Morning song (from Singin’ In The Rain).
Either way my point is, start your day off right, start it with a song and an expectation of great things to come. Each day is a great day waiting to happen! Now lets make pork chops for dinner tonight!
You’ll need: Cream of mushroom soup, Ro-Tel, Small bag of Mahatma yellow saffron rice, and four pork chops.
I used mile Ro-Tel because I have little kidders who don’t care for that occasional zing of spiciness. If you don’t have Ro-Tel where you are, just get a small can of diced tomatoes (8-12 ounces) and a small can of chopped green chilies (about 4 ounces). You can experiment with different types of rice and don’t feel as though you need to go buy this type if you happen to have white rice on hand – I’m a big fan of “making do” – which is the cornerstone of Southern cooking anyway. If you want to use another type of rice, use about a cup dry.
Now for my bragging session! Did you SEE the price on those pork chops? EIGHT for that! When you find meat on sale like this, just make sure you either cook it or freeze it that day. I often find packs like this and make a meal for the family while freezing individual pork chops in sandwich baggies to use for lunches and such later on. For this package, I actually made two dishes of One Dish pork chops. We ate one for supper that night and the other was dished out into four separate meals for lunches during the week for whoever wanted one.
I cooked the two meals separately though so y’all could see a single recipe in this tutorial. See how much I love you? I really do!
Place your pork chops in a dish. In the south, this is pronounced “poke chop”. ~grins~
Pour your uncooked rice over the chops.
In a bowl, place the amount of water that your rice calls for. Add can of Ro-Tel.
Add cream of mushroom soup. Stir all of that up.
Pour over pork chops.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. The recipe always says thirty minutes but I’m paranoid and I like to cook mine longer. Also, at times my rice hasn’t been done at thirty minutes.
YUM! This makes great leftovers as well!