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Lemon and Basil Pork Chops

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The National Pork Board and the #GrillPork campaign, however, all thoughts, opinions and tantalizingly tasty recipes are mine alone. Enjoy!

I'm back with my final pork recipe of the summer! Today's recipe--Lemon and Basil Pork chops. These succulent and tangy chops are a favorite around our table. They're simple to prepare, but they pack a powerful punch, and like most summer favorites, they taste best when prepared on the grill.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this month I've partnered up with The National Pork Board and we're showcasing healthy ways to grill your pork this summer. Be sure to stop by their site for TONS of delicious pork recipes this BBQ season!

Ingredients

4 Thick Cut Bone-in Pork Chops
1/4 cup of minced garlic
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil (plus additional for garnishing)
2 Lemons
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

Combine fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.  Evenly rub mixture on both sides on the pork chops and place in refrigerator to marinate for an hour.


Once the pork chops are fully saturated in the marinade, toss them onto the grill. Allows them to cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning them once halfway through.

Grill chops over direct heat for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees.

Serve with a smile!



Now that I've got your taste buds standing at attention, let's talk about what The National Pork Board is offering two of my lovely readers. Interested in winning free groceries for an ENTIRE YEAR? Visit GrillPork.org to enter. Simply take a photo of a meal being prepared by you on a grill, share it on your personal Instagram page, and tag your photo with @PorkBeInspired and #GrillPorkSweeps.

About The National Pork Board 

The National Pork Board was established in 1985 and is responsible for overseeing consumer information, performing industry-related research and promotion of healthy pork related recipes and ideas. Visit The National Pork Board for recipes, cooking instructions and safe pork handling procedures

Good luck and bon appetit!




Grilled Teriyaki and Sesame Pork Kabobs


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The National Pork Board and the #GrillPork campaign, however, all thoughts, opinions and tantalizingly tasty recipes are mine alone. Enjoy!

It's day two of Porkapalooza, and today I'm sharing another one of my favorite pork recipes-- Grilled Teriyaki & Sesame Pork Kabobs.

Cooking for a multi-cultural family can be a bit of a challenge, but these Grilled Teriyaki Kabobs manage to make us all happy and keep our bellies full. They're simple, delicious,  full of flavor and did I mention simple? These kabobs are perfect for summer cookouts and gatherings.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this month I've partnered up with The National Pork Board and we're showcasing healthy ways to grill your pork this summer. Be sure to stop by their site for TONS of delicious pork recipes this BBQ season!

Ready to get cooking? Let's get started!


Ingredients 

1 lb of pork tenderloin or filet, cubed
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of pineapples, cut into cubes
1 purple onion, cut into wedges
5 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
8  bamboo skewers

Instructions

Add pork, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame seeds into a large disposable bowl. Shake bowl with contents inside. Place pork in refrigerator to marinate.

While the pork is marinating, soak the skewers in water. After about an hour, remove the pork from the refrigerator and skewer pork, onions, pineapples and tomatoes.  Grill for 10-15 minutes turning kabobs regularly.



Serve with any of your favorite BBQ sides--beans, cole slaw, salad, ect.

Now that I've got your taste buds standing at attention, let's talk about what The National Pork Board is offering two of my lovely readers. Interested in winning free groceries for an ENTIRE YEAR? Visit GrillPork.org to enter. Simply take a photo of a meal being prepared by you on a grill, share it on your personal Instagram page, and tag your photo with @PorkBeInspired and #GrillPorkSweeps.

If an entire year's worth of free groceries just isn't your thing, The National Pork Board is also offering up $100 Wal-Mart gift card and Be Inspired Grilling Kit. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is only open to US residents ages 18 or older.




About The National Pork Board

The National Pork Board was established in 1985 and is responsible for overseeing consumer information, performing industry-related research and promotion of healthy pork related recipes and ideas. Visit The National Pork Board for recipes, cooking instructions and safe pork handling procedures

Good luck and bon appetit!

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The National Pork Board and the #GrillPork campaign, however, all thoughts, opinions and tantalizingly tasty recipes are mine alone. Enjoy! 

If you grew up in, moved to, or live in the South, you know grilling is pretty much one of our favorite pastimes. It falls somewhere in between our love of magnolias, pearls and and our unquenchable thirst for sweet tea. Due to my Army Brat status, I can't technically claim one state (or country for that matter) as my home, but being married to a true southern boy pretty much makes me a southern by default. Which is why you can typically walk into our home any day of the week and find us grilling something.

A few weeks days ago, my local Walmart had an outrageous sale on pork that was just too good to pass up. And the timing could literally not be more perfect, since this month I've partnered up with The National Pork Board to bring you guys some healthy pork fixing for the grill this summer. Being a shopper of the savvy variety, I quickly pounced on the sale. And now our entire freezer is now stocked with enough pork to feed us for the next month or so. Hence my current delima. Too much pork and only so many days of summer left. Challenge accepted...

All week long I'll be sharing some of my absolute favorite pork recipes, and today I'm kicking off this party with this tantalizingly tasty grilled pork tenderloin with mango relish. If you enjoy a tender blend of sweet and savory, with just a small bit of a bite, you'll go crazy for this grilled pork tenderloin with mango relish. In addition to this delightfully tasty recipe, The National Pork Board is giving one of my one of my loyal readers two chances to win BIG!

But more on that later. For now, check out this delicious recipe.


Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
1 medium onion
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup sweet red chili sauce
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce
1 lb of pork tenderloin

Corn-mango Salsa

1 cup of fresh pineapple
1 cup of fresh mango
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine seasoning, onion and garlic powder, red chili sauce, honey, and Sriracha sauce. Mix well. Add the tenderloin to the container. Toss to tenderloin. Allow mixture to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Remember: the longer you allow your meat to marinate, the more juicy and tender they will be. 

Once the marinade has had time to soak the chops, place tenderloin on grill and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to turn periodically, allowing each side to fully cook. Use left over marinate to brush over pork every so often.



While your tenderloin is cooking, in a separate bowl, combine, pineapple, mango , red bell pepper, onion, lemon juice, oil, cilantro and salt. Stir well. Set aside in refrigerator.

Remove tenderloin from grill and top with mango relish. Serve with a a side of rice and a smile.



Now that I've got your taste buds standing at attention, let's talk about what The National Pork Board is offering two of my lovely readers. Interested in winning free groceries for an ENTIRE YEAR? Visit GrillPork.org to enter. Simply take a photo of a meal being prepared by you on a grill, share it on your personal Instagram page, and tag your photo with @PorkBeInspired and #GrillPorkSweeps.

If an entire year's worth of free groceries just isn't your thing, The National Pork Board is also offering up $100 Wal-Mart gift card and Be Inspired Grilling Kit. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is only open to US residents ages 18 or older.

About The National Pork Board

The National Pork Board was established in 1985 and is responsible for overseeing consumer information, performing industry-related research and promotion of healthy pork related recipes and ideas. Visit The National Pork Board for recipes, cooking instructions and safe pork handling procedures.

Good luck and bon appetit!


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Vivino: The Perfect Wine App



Disclaimer: Although I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed below are solely my own. 

Never pick another bad wine...

If you're like me and enjoy pairing your wine and food, but you still need a bit of guidance, your life just got easier.

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a mobile app called Vivino, and it has changed the way I shop for wine in a major way. This app literally takes ALL the guess work out of selecting the right wine for your meal. Hate all the work that goes into searching for that perfect bottle of wine? No problem. With Vivino you have instant access to wine prices, ratings and reviews anywhere, anytime, all at the palm of your hands.

Better still, if you're new to the wine scene and don't yet know the lingo, Vivino has thousands of intriguing wine-related article to help you become an expert on all things wine related.

Vivino is currently leading the pack in the wine app department. With more than 10 million users, you can feel confident that you'll have access to reviews and prices for all those wines on your "must try" list.


So far I've used this app to select a few bottles of wine. The reviews I read were pretty spot on, and the average price was right on the money. I'm a fan of keeping it simple, and Vivino does just that. This app is simple to navigate, but contains a plethora of information about wine.

So to review...

1. Easy to navigate
2. Plethora of wine related information
3. Saves you money and time
4. Vivino = your new best friend.

This handy app is currently available to download FOR FREE on iTunes and Google Play. Want in on more wine-related news and deals? Join the party on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you downloaded Vivino? If so, what do you think so far? Share your thoughts below!

Until next time,