Monday, January 28, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen - Healthier Pork Chops and taters

I join forces with my good friend Carrie @YoungLivingOilLady each week
to bring you this family friendly recipe link up. It is our desire to encourage
families to cook and eat together. Meals cooked at home are healthier, and time spent together in the kitchen is good for families!

We use Cooking 101 as part of our family homeschool. I’m teaching the boys to put together healthy family meals, life skills, and budgeting, as well as teaching them tips for cooking in the kitchen. We encourage real food vs. processed food. Let’s bring the family, back to the table!

This week at our house:

Pork chops cooked with home ground wheat berries and coconut oil, homemade mashed potatoes, and crowder peas. 

Crowder peas: 

Crowder peas have the highest percent of protein than any other peas and are a staple in most traditional southern kitchens. We cook them in a pot of water with a pinch of salt, a spoon full of coconut oil, and red pepper flakes. Crowder peas are NOT the same as black-eyed peas, but are similar. The flavor is distinct and very yummy - Just like the ones from my Papa's garden!

Pork chops: 

We ground up wheat berries and mixed in a little regular unbleached flour for dredging 

Seasoning for the flour included sea salt and pepper - we rinsed the pork and dredged through the flour mixture and cooked in coconut oil in the cast iron skillet. 

I taught the boys to be sure that pork is always cooked fully - we cut into it to check. The outside is a nice brown color and the inside is no longer pink, but still moist. 

Our mashed potatoes: 

We wash the potatoes well and peel them a little bit, leaving some of the peeling on. Add to a pot of rapidly boiling water and cook until tender. Overcooking leads to mushy, mashed potatoes that taste watery. 

We add butter, sea salt, pepper and a splash of milk and beat them for a couple of minutes. Beating them for too long will result in gooey potatoes due to the high starch content.

What are you cooking this week?

Join us by linking up your favorite family recipes! 
Grab a button from below, on my side bar, or use a text link back to Adventurez. Please visit another participant or more to help encourage each other. I’ll be visiting and Pinning away on our Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest board here. It’s a wonderful resource for finding yummy recipes the whole family will love.

Enjoy your time in the kitchen this week!

I'm linking with these fine blogs: Comfy in the Kitchen  Shrinking Kitchen Titus 2 Tues

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