I don’t cook pork often, because it isn’t one of the cheaper cuts of meat. And, to be completely honest, I never liked it that much. My memories of pork chops tended to involve a dry hunk of meat saturated in gravy and mashed potatoes from a box–my husband had a similar experience growing up. Not the most appetizing of meals. But one thing I’ve learned since I began preparing my own meals in my mid-teens: Stuff tastes a lot better than you give it credit for. You just gotta figure out how to cook it right! The marinade for these Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Pork Chops takes care of the “dry” issue and packs way more flavor than potatoes ever did. Serve these with your favorite Asian-inspired sides (rice and steamed veggies are an easy go-to) or keep things extra simple with a big side salad, like we did!
Keep your household clean, too!
I may make my living as a food blogger, but my health-consciousness actually began long before I started cooking. Growing up with a sensitive nose and skin that would break out into a rash at the slightest provocation, I’ve been making my own cosmetics and cleaning products since high school. I hoped that avoiding these environmental toxins would not only improve my health, but be better for the environment and save me some money compared to buying high-end non-toxic products at a health-foods store. Whatever your reasons, making your own household products is easier than you might think. My e-book A Clean Space has all the tips, tricks, and recipes you need to get started–and it’s only $6.99!