Life in the Fish Bowl


Quick and Easy - And I'm Not Talking About Myself

I haven't been cooking so much lately. I know, stay at home mommy, isn't that my job? I agree, it is, but I think everyone is aware that I've been quite the slacker lately. I've worked out a lot and did a lot of planning in my mind, but haven't quite got a handle on the housewifely duties. So the other day I got one of those Kraft advertisements magazines in the mail and tore out a few pages that looked yummy to try at a later time.

My intentions were good. But damn, if hubby is going to be working late (don't beat me up about that - his choices are why he has to do it) I'm eating a sandwich. Punkin would eat Noodle Rings three meals a day so he's happy as well. Anyway, tonight it was use it or lose it for some pork chops I had in the fridge so I actually cooked. Hubby actually came home only a few minutes after dinner was done, too, which was nice.

So I tried a new recipe, suggested by those wonderful folks at Kraft. It had all convenience products in it, with the exception of the nice, fresh pork. It sounded really good, too. Lots of salty, processed, non vegetable goodness. I had my camera out - just in case any disaster thing good happened, but the nice melony goodness of my Midori (that counts as a serving of fruit doesn't it? Hell, I mixed it with OJ!) distracted me and I have no photos.

So I get it all ready, cook it, and take it out of the oven. If you've changed a really nasty, chunky baby poop diaper lately you have a good idea what I saw. Except instead of corn I had cranberries. Honestly, it looked pretty nasty to me. Chunky baby shit with pork chops. Yumm. But it was cooked and I was hungry so I gave it a try.

And...... it was good. Quick, easy, and tasty. You can't beat that unless someone else is doing the cooking. Punkin even cleaned his plate!!! Without even one threat. He did leave part of his Veg-All, but he ate every last bite of the poopy pork. That folks, is a rare event when I try something other than chicken nuggets.

So it was a cook pleaser, a hubby pleaser (he's taking the leftovers in his lunch tomorrow), and a kid pleaser. And when those three people are pleased life around here is pretty sweet.

If you'd care to attempt to recreate my culinary masterpiece, here's the recipe:

Tangy Pork Chop Stuffing Bake

6 pork chops (about 3.5 lbs)
1 pkg Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Pork
1 can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
3/4 cup Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook chops in skillet on medium heat 5 minutes on each side or until browned on both sides. Meanwhile, prepare stuffing in a large saucepan as directed on package.

Place chops in 13x9 inch baking dish; set aside. Mix cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce and sugar. Add to stuffing; mix lightly. Spoon evenly over chops.

Bake 30 minutes or until chops are cooked through.



Rachel said...

Looks yummy to me!! I think I am gonna try this one, thanks!

Serina Hope said...

It sounds really good..if I can just workl through the baby poop mental image I'll give it a go.

Emma in Canada said...

I love the kraft magazine, but not as much as their website. I use my recipe box at least once a week.

Whast happened to you last night BTW? You just sort of disappeared!

random_mommy said...

I tried a foil wrap chicken recipe from Kraft and it was pretty good too!

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Chunky baby shit with porkchops! Just like mom used to make!

Jennifer said...

Sometimes baby shit just gets the job done, you know what I'm saying?

janet said...

baby shit. yum. can't wait to try THAT...

and i'm with punkin on the veg-all. ew.

Bren said...

Anytime they all eat it without complaint, it's a winner!

And hell yeah, it counts as a fruit serving!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm.....looks great.

of course, if I try it, the pork chops will end up the size and consistency of a hockey puck.

I'm just that good :)

That Chick Over There said...

It really looks yummy to me.

dawn224 said...

I'm totally like that - sandwich, cereal, eggs, I'm happy. Hubs requires actual food. Strange man.

buddha_girl said...

I love it when a plan works out! Quelle surprise!

In the Buddha Domain we've been living on breakfast for dinner lately because HG's been working late as well. Last week: scrambled eggs, pancakes, cereal. Three nights down without cracking open a recipe or package of raw meat.Very good times.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Looks like a good recipe. I may have to add this in to our rotation and see what the kidlets think about it.

Sandy said...

You do realize that this will always be known at my house as the poopy pork chop recipe, don't you? I can't say it looks all that good, but most casserole things really don't.

Thanks for the recipe.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hey sweetie. Hope you are ok.
You are tagged. :D

Hope that Punkin is doing great. :D said...

hi mama,

your post title made me grin. thanks for that. i needed/wanted a grin.


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