Break out of the box with pork
It happens to the best of us. It happens even when you have the best of intentions. Dinners sometimes come out of a box.
Use the recipes below to help rescue your week night dinners. With bold flavors and simple ingredients your family and friends will cheer with delight.
Simple pork Vietnamese pork noodle bowl
4 cooked pork chops, sliced
8 cups mixed greens
2 nectarines, cut into 12-wedges each
1 grapefruit, segmented
2 avocados, cut into wedges
16 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon salad oil
2 tablespoons toasted almonds, slivered
Salt and black pepper
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 tablespoons honey1/2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard2 tablespoons mayonnaise1 teaspoon chili powder1 teaspoon black pepper3/8 cup salad oil
In a blender, combine all ingredients except oil. Blend at medium speed for one minute. Next, with blender at medium speed, pour oil very slowly into blender. Add salt and pepper.
For each serving, toss 2 cups greens with 2 tablespoons dressing, top with 4 cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced pork chop, 1/2 avocado sliced in wedges, 1/2 nectarine sliced in wedges, 1/4 grapefruit segments. Drizzle with more dressing and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings
Smoky pork, bacon and white bean chili
1 1/2 pounds pork loin roast
8 ounces bacon, thick-cut
1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 14 1/2-oz cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
2 15 oz cans any variety white beans
1/2 cup sour cream, (optional)
2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
Add the onion to the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the pork, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and paprika. Stir in the tomatoes (with their juices) and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is tender, 35 to 45 minutes.
Stir in the beans and about 2/3 of the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve the chili garnished with the remaining bacon and the sour cream and scallions, if using.
* You can also make this recipe with pork shoulder.
okPORK supports the games you play
If you are one of the eight schools involved in the Three Rivers Basketball Tournament, you know how exciting it can be. Being the first tournament after the holiday season each year, it can really help the players get back into the swing of things.
The motivation is not the only source of excitement for the schools however. Crescent, Okarche, Hennessey, Okeene, Cashion, Watonga, Minco and Thomas-Fay-Custer are all a part of the tournament sponsored by okPORK, Pioneer Telephone and The Gospel Network - specifically 93.9 KIMY broadcasting out of Watonga, Okla.
The sponsors each shoulder a part of the responsibility for radio and video broadcasting of the tournament, allowing each school to sell ads during the broadcasts.
All of the proceeds from selling ads - which run during the three day tournament - funnel directly to the school who sold the ad.
"I got involved because I have always been a huge sports booster," said Mike Dobrinski, father of four high school athletes at Okeene and the owner of Dobrinski Chevrolet-Buick. "I found out about the building of the conference and the idea to put the entire tournament on the radio through my relationship with KIMY and the advertising I did with them for the dealership."
Dobrinski went on to say not all of the schools participate in selling ads, but the ones who do are always excited about the opportunity for the additional funds. He has been involved in selling ads to benefit the schools at Okeene even before his kids were able to play in the tournament.
"okPORK is more than a corporate sponsor of the tournament," Dobrinski said. "Roy Lee comes out and helps out with the radio broadcasting for the schools that don't have anyone to help. I have no doubt that the tournament would not be as successful as it is without okPORK.
"As someone from the community whose kids are in the tournament - I would really like to thank okPORK for helping to sponsor something so beneficial to our kids and schools."