Sometimes I feel that I am so busy that I have to do everything with one hand.  I have learned to make many recipes and meals with one hand.  The other hand always seemed dedicated to a child, homework, dishes…something!  So enjoy some of these easy recipes!

Pork Chops and Apple Gravy

  • 4 pork chops-lightly salt and pepper them before browning.
  • 1 T. margarine
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 c. chopped yellow onion
  • 2 T apple juice
  • 1 cup plain apple sauce
  • 1/2 c. light sour cream
  • 2 t. flour
  • 2 t. dijon mustard

Heat the olive oil and margarine.  Brown pork chops.  Remove chops to a plate and tent with foil.  Keep the pan on medium heat and add apple juice and chopped onion. Let onion cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring once or twice.  Sprinkle the flour into the pan and add the apple sauce.  Heat for 2 minutes and add dijon mustard.  Stir and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the sour cream and stir until well incorporated.  Put the pork chops back in, cover and simmer over low heat until chops are done, about 15-20 minutes.

Basic Pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


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