Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Grilled Pork Chops & Baked Acorn Squash

Are you feeling a little Fall in the air? I've noticed the leaves are starting to change color and the evenings are a bit cooler! I can't believe that Summer is ending and Fall is rapidly approaching, but the signs are everywhere! Especially on the driveway in the form of fallen leaves! All we can do is embrace it, and welcome a new season full of different seasonal foods to enjoy! Having said that... how about a quick dinner with minimal thought? A simple dinner that powers a lot of flavor! Maybe a dinner that utilizes a tasty traditional Fall vegetable, the acorn squash! This was a great 'quick fix', hope you enjoy!

Recipe: (embarrassingly simple)... but packs a good flavor punch!
4 Pork chops, boneless
olive oil
sea salt
black pepper

Acorn squash
sea salt
black pepper
1/4 C water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice acorn squash in half, and remove seeds (I left the skin on). Place face down on a baking dish with 1/4 C of water. Bake for about 30 minutes. Turn them over and season with sea salt and pepper. Bake an additional 5 minutes, face up.
Preheat barbecue grill to about medium heat. Rub some olive oil over pork chops and season with some sea salt and black pepper. Grill for about 20 minutes (10 minutes on each side). Time it so they're done around the same time as the acorn squash. I did check the internal temperature of the pork chops to make sure they reached 170 degrees, before taking them off the grill. Serve with a side salad or vegetable of your choice. Simple and tasty... hope you enjoy! :-)

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