Dirty Rice? Nah – It’s clean… and tasty! MMMMM

I made a pretty awesome meal this week and just had to share! I bought WILD RICE awhile back and I’ve had a hard time cooking it properly so that it’s edible <gulp>! 10259828_10152387237605505_7935131828377592779_n North Bay Canadian Organic Wild Rice. I haven’t been able to cook it right. So when I made it this time, I COOK THE CRAP OUT OF IT!!! No lie. I cooked it for over an hour. It was done. It looked like semi curled up worms! Let me tell you how DELICIOUS it was! Much better than eating it on the “al dente” side. BLEH!

So, not only did I make the awesome rice stuff, but I also made Apple Juice Pork chops. They were pretty awesome too!

One recipe at a time!

Ingredients for the DIRTY RICE!

  • 1 cup of uncooked wild rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms (I used bella – you can use button… )
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1t olive oil
  • 1t garlic, minced
  • 1 lb pork sausage10177929_10152387239245505_8649852440990912472_n

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook your rice as directed (usually 1 C of rice to 3 C of water boiled covered for 40-65 minutes or until done)
  2. Saute mushrooms and onions in butter, olive oil and garlic until tender and cooked down. Transfer to a large bowl (LARGE)
  3. In the same skillet, cook your ground sausage. Drain the fat.
  4. When the rice is finished cooking, drain off any excess water.
  5. Combine mushrooms, onion, sausage, rice and mix well! Viola!

I’ve made this substituting the Pork Sausage for cubed chicken. It tasted every bit as good, just a little different (for obvious, non sausage reasons!!) and I used it as a full meal.

Now on to the Apple Juice Pork Chops! These were super easy! Minimal ingredients and REALLY GOOD!!! I took a bite before I remembered to take a picture… WHOOPS!

Ingredients

  • Pork Chops (we cooked 4 thick cut boneless)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple juice
  • dried thyme
  • salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS10245349_10152387239255505_6175363224065453627_n

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sear pork chop on both sides, in a deep fry pan, with a little olive oil in it – to seal it – on a medium to high heat
  3. Pour the Apple Juice into the Pan, Sprinkle the Thyme, Salt and Pepper (I was pretty liberal with the Thyme)
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Turn, baste and sprinkle the other side with seasonings 20 minutes through!

10312632_10152387239250505_5823089428196506568_nWe served this meal with a side of broccoli to add some green to the plate. It was a really great meal! I highly recommend you try it! Let me know when you do and what you think!!

 

xoxo –

Sarah and Levin

 

 

 

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