Are your kids good eaters? Picky to the point of maddening? Or somewhere in-between? I come up with some rather interesting creations for dinner, so my kids are used to trying different things (but that doesn’t mean they like everything…).
If I use 1) taco seasoning or 2) spaghetti sauce my family will eat pretty much anything. This past weekend I made up a new recipe that was a winner.
Grilled Pork Italiano
- 4 boneless pork chops
- 1 24 ounce jar of Ragu Pasta Sauce, divided in 1/2
- 1 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Bring these out to the grill with you:
- the pork chops
- 1 grill safe pan (I used a pie pan)
- 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce
- a plate or wide bowl with the breadcrumbs in it
- the mozzarella cheese
Following the directions on the package, cook 1/2 of a box of thin spaghetti noodles. Once cooked, drain well and place back into cooking pot with 1/2 a jar of spaghetti sauce. Put the lid on the pot, and keep warm over very low heat.
Meanwhile, start the grill. Once heated, grill pork chops over medium low heat, about 3-4 minutes on each side or until done. Pour enough sauce in the bottom of a grill-safe pan to cover. Remove chops from grill and brush each side with sauce. Using tongs, dredge in breadcrumbs. Place pork chops back into pan and put a slice of mozzarella cheese on each. Pour the rest of this half of the sauce over the pork chops, and place the pan back on the grill over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is starting to bubble. On each plate put 1/4 of the cooked spaghetti noodles, 1/4 of the sauce, and one pork chop. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
And speaking of winners, how would YOU like to be one? Ragu is giving one lucky Big Binder reader a $20 Visa Gift Card. All you need to do is share your advice. What do YOU do when dinner gets tough? Bribe with dessert? Plead? Make a different meal? Leave a comment and let us know! I’ll choose the winner on Friday via email.
Want to connect with other moms about dinnertime dilemmas? There are some great suggestions and a great video on Ragu’s “Mom’s The Word On Dinner” Facebook page from real moms.
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