Most people would agree that mustard and pretzels go very well together. I made these the other night and my husband and I really enjoyed the combination. Why don't you give it a try and see how well the flavors blend!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease baking sheet. In shallow bowl stir butter, honey and mustard. In another shallow bowl mix pretzels, basil and pepper. With back of spoon spread mustard mixture on all sides of pork chops. Then dip in pretzel mixture, covering all sides. Place on cookie sheet. Bake about 30 - 35 minutes making sure pork chops are fully cooked.
I used oregano in the Italian Wheat Breadsticks that I made this week. Did you know that oregano is one of the seven super spices (according to the McCormick Company -- manufacturer of spices)? Just one teaspoon of this herb has as much antioxidant effectiveness as three cups of chopped broccoli according to Dr Wendy Bazilian (she's the author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients). So. . . sprinkle on the oregano!
I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your stopping by to "visit" my blog! I know how busy you all are and for you to take time out of your day to see what's cooking means a lot to me.
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I admit that this recipe is not one that you are going to whip up on one of those busy week nights. It does take a little time but oh, it's sooo good! The best part is that no kneading is required!
Italian Wheat Breadsticks
1 Tablespoon (or one package) active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water (105 - 115 degrees F.)
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
In large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix in the oil, honey, salt and wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in rest of flour until a soft dough forms. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. The dough should double.
In the meantime, mix kosher salt, basil and oregano.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stir dough to beat it down (about 25 strokes). On a well-floured surface break dough into 30 equal parts. Roll each one and shape each one into 9" rope. Twist and place on greased cookie sheet. Brush each breadstick with egg white. Generously sprinkle kosher salt mixture onto each breadstick.
Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
This will be the last post in the New Year's Resolutions miniseries. As we've been talking about all year one of our goals was to eat healthier. Here are a couple more ways to achieve that goal.*
Eat more vegetarian meals, less meat. . . If you look at my What's For Dinner posts over the past year, you will see that I have slowly started to serve less dishes with meat in them. I usually serve meat no more than three times a week and believe it or not, my family has been fine with this. Even I who never was much of a vegetable eater have been enjoying these meatless dinners. I try to have some type of fish once a week and the other meals may include pasta or one of my other vegetarian recipes (such as a veggie hero sandwich,veggie rice medleyortoasted ravioli). Plus some of the meals that do have meat in them have more vegetables in them than the meat like my chicken stir fry. Try doing this by eliminating one meat dish a week; then try two and so on. You may find that it is not as difficult as you think! Cut down on sweets. . . Now, I have mentioned on more than one occasion that I have a sweet tooth! I really do like cakes and pies and cookies! But as we all know, sugar is not good for us. I recently read that research shows that a lifetime of overindulging in sugary sweets, can actually give you wrinkled, dull skin -- now that's a reason to cut back! Of course, there are many other reasons like it can lead to cancer, compromise your immune system and even cause brittle nails just to name a few. So how do I satisfy my sweet tooth? What I started to do was to allow myself something sweet as a snack at night time. In that way, I don't feel deprived. If I try to have it any time sooner in the day, I just crave more sugar so night time works best for me. I also found that my sugar craving lessened over time. If you can eliminate sweets from your diet all at once, that is wonderful! However, if you are like me, indulge but try to do it on a smaller scale. *You can read more tips by clicking on Tip of the Day at the top and then scrolling down until you see New Year's Resolutions.
This is an easy side dish to accompany your meal and it only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. The best part, it doesn't contain all those chemicals in prepackaged pasta mixes!
6 oz. noodles
2 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Cook noodles according to package directions. In the meantime, melt butter. Add water, bouillon, basil, parsley and poultry seasoning. Stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix milk and cornstarch. Add to sauce mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook on low for 1 minute. Toss with cooked noodles.