A Crave-worthy Cold Weather Comfort Dish
By Brian of Simply Budgeted, December 15, 2015
Wintertime is the perfect time for hearty, comforting meals but, between the business of the holiday season and pledges for the New Year, you may not be able to afford the time (or the calories) for those traditional comfort foods.
With a little help from Schwan’s and some inexpensive produce from your local supermarket, you can create a Pork Chop and Root Vegetable Casserole that will fill up your body and warm your soul — all while providing healthy nutrients and saving you tons of time in the kitchen.
With the bounty of spring and summer having passed, it’s important to look for ways to bring great food to the table. Root vegetables are perfect for winter meals because they are plentiful, reasonably priced, and because they have such a long shelf life. I also rely pretty heavily on my freezer during the winter. I know that quality frozen products are frozen at the peak of freshness and shipped out to local markets, reducing spoilage. With Schwan’s Home Service, those products can be shipped right to my door!
To get started, I chop up a mixture of root vegetables. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and turnips bring tons of flavor, bright colors and lots of nutrients.
This mix of veggies also limits those pesky starches, meaning that it’s a great balance for meeting those New Year’s resolutions. The great part about these veggies is that you can chop them up on the weekend and have them ready to go for an easy weeknight meal. Make sure that you chop them all about the same size so that they’ll cook evenly.
Once I’ve got my veggies cut up, I pour over a mixture of flour, chicken broth, and milk, bring to a quick boil, and top with Boneless Pork Loin Chops from Schwan’s. I place the whole dish into a 400-degree oven and bake until the pork is cooked to 165 degrees and the veggies are cooked through.
To serve, I portion out one chop, a scoop of the root vegetables, and a serving of Schwan’s Broccoli Florets. A nice hunk of French Baguette Bread is perfect for sopping up the gravy and makes the house smell incredible.
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Pork Chop and Root Vegetable Casserole
4 Schwan’s Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1.5-2 lbs of mixed root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, etc.) cut into 1/2-1 inch cubes
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add root vegetables to a large skillet. Combine flour, broth, milk, paprika, and thyme in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the veggies. Bring the liquid to a boil and remove from the heat. Pour into a casserole dish or simply use the skillet to bake. Top with Boneless Pork Loin Chops and season with additional salt and pepper.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the pork has a temp of 165 and veggies are tender. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Serve with Broccoli Florets and French Baguette Bread.