Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree with Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad

This pork chop meal was absolutely delightful!  Not only was it incredibly easy to make {in less than an hour!}, but it was so perfect for a gorgeous summer evening.  I’m not a big fan of cucumbers {I think I’m cucumber-traumatized from our huge juicing fail} or radishes, but the lime juice in the salad gave them that special zest that made me enjoy them.  I ate a bite of salad with each bite of pork chop and the cool citrus salad offset the spicy pork perfectly.  I very highly recommend this delicious meal for a weeknight dinner!

Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree
with Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad

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Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree With Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad from UnrulyBliss.com

Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree With Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad from UnrulyBliss.com

Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree With Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad from UnrulyBliss.com

 

 

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Potatoes Bravas with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Over this past summer, Justin and I kept making an avocado relish that tasted delicious on almost anything {more on the relish another day}.  I particularly loved it on top of a Spanish rubbed steak but I was struggling with what side to make to accompany the steak.  So I came across these potatoes one day after I’d googled {is ‘googled’ part of the dictionary yet?} “spanish side dishes” and I loved that they seemed so easy to make!  I had all of the ingredients on hand and being a sauce girl at heart, this recipe totally won me over.  We’ve made these potatoes so many times now, and not just for dinner!  I topped the potatoes with some seasoned scrambled eggs and served them for breakfast with the aioli on top and they were a major hit!

Potatoes Bravas with Lemon Garlic Aioli {Patatas Bravas}
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Potatoes Bravas with Lemon Garlic Aioli from UnrulyBliss.com

Potatoes Bravas with Lemon Garlic Aioli from UnrulyBliss.com

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Creamy Brussels Sprouts

I think it’s safe for me to say that Brussels sprouts are my all-time favorite vegetable {which is strange because I am not a cabbage lover}.  I just love everything about them.  They’re delicious in almost any kind of sauce and they go with everything.  My favorite recipe for Brussels sprouts has always been this roasted one where they’re drizzled with honey and vinegar, but this new one here has become quite the contender.  The creamy sauce mixed with the flavor of the shallots, bacon, and lemon is just unbelievable.  The recipe is supposed to serve four and I am not ashamed to admit {okay, maybe a tiny bit} that Justin and I never have leftovers…  This dish is just that good {and incredibly easy to make}.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts
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Creamy Brussels Sprouts from UnrulyBliss.com

Creamy Brussels Sprouts from UnrulyBliss.com

Creamy Brussels Sprouts from UnrulyBliss.com

Creamy Brussels Sprouts from UnrulyBliss.com

Not a fan of these green little babies?  Check out some of the benefits they give to you…

Like other cruciferous vegetables {think cabbages}, Brussels sprouts are full of phytonutrients {natural plant compounds}, which may help protect against cancer.  They’re also a good source of:

Vitamins A and C, which help fight against heart disease, cancer, and cataracts {one half cup of sprouts provides more than 80% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C}

Potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and maybe even cholesterol

Folate, which is necessary for normal tissue growth and may protect against cancer, heart disease, and birth defects

Iron, necessary for maintaining red blood cell count and

Fiber, which aids in digestion and helps lower cholesterol.

Information from HERE.

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Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

Lemon.  Butter.  Garlic.  And pasta.

My, oh my, this dish was good.

I was out surfing the recipe filled interwebs looking for a pasta side dish when I came across this one from MagnoliaDays.com.  I think the image that Renee posted of her pretty flower shaped pasta is what caught my eye.  Then…one by one…each and every ingredient sounded so delicious, I could have started drooling.  {Seriously, I’m nine months pregnant.  So I’m allowed, right?}  Although I do have to say, I have never been a fan of cooking with nuts.  I don’t even like them in ice cream because it angers my ‘texture buds.’  But we decided to try the recipe with the pine nuts and my goodness I am SO.HAPPY.WE.DID.  The toasty flavor and the added crunch gave the dish the extra ‘oomph’ it didn’t even really need!  I loved, loved, loved this dish and plan to make it many more times again!  {Pine nuts are crazy expensive.  I highly recommend purchasing them from local grocers who sell foods in bulk (Sprouts and Whole Foods).  That way you’re only paying for what you need right now.}

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce
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Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce from UnrulyBliss.com

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce from UnrulyBliss.com

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce from UnrulyBliss.com

 

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Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps

When Justin and I were in Florida last month, we were given the most delightful opportunity to eat some authentic Turkish food.  One of my oldest and dearest girlfriends married a wonderfully funny Turkish guy who apparently has an incredible cook for a mother.  His mom teamed up with the bride’s to cook for their rehearsal dinner {or groom’s supper}, a low key and amazingly fun dinner at their home with homemade Turkish fare.  The food was unbelievably amazing and this preggo lady was in absolute heaven.  Justin and I absolutely loved the dolmas, lentil wraps, and baklava {and there was a damn good pasta salad too}!

When we got back to Colorado, I spent a good hour trying to Google all of the ingredients of what we’d eaten and to start us off, I decided to try and make these lentil wraps.  {In Turkey, these tender delights are called “mercimek köftesi” (mare-juh-MEK’ kuf-tay-SEE’).}  They came out very well and we were pleasantly pleased!  They were delicious and lasted us throughout the week {the recipe makes a lot}.  I can’t wait to make these for a party we’re going to in May!  They’re vegetarian, naturally low-fat, and full of protein and fiber.  Oh and inexpensive too.

Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps
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Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps from UnrulyBliss.com

Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps from UnrulyBliss.com

Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps from UnrulyBliss.com

Turkish Red Lentil Lettuce Wraps from UnrulyBliss.com

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