Our family has a few favorite recipes that we tend to turn to again and again. Who doesn’t love a classic pork chop, paired with some veggies, or a salad. With Spring having arrived here in St. Louis, my asparagus and herbs are already growing like crazy in my garden and I already see signs of baby peppers. I wanted to update our normal pork chop recipe with a fun twist for Spring. Enter in these delicious, Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers. It’s an entire meal in itself and is a quick and easy recipe to boot. Can’t beat that, since easy and quick are the name of the game in this house.
As usual, the real test is, can I get five hungry teenagers and a picky toddler to eat it? Success! They devoured them and several wanted more. The light lemon and thyme flavor was just what the pork chops needed. Serving them over a bed of quinoa tossed with fresh asparagus and red peppers was the perfect addition to fill everyone up.
I got a chance to use my new Farberware New Traditions Cookware in Aqua to make this meal, and I just loved how great it was. You can find out more about that below AND you can enter to win your own Farberware New Traditions Cookware set.
Get the printable recipe for Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers below!
- 4 boneless pork loin chops (approx. 4 ounces each)
- 2 lemons, divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 1 pound (1 bunch) fresh asparagus, bottoms trimmed
- 1 large red pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
- Slice both lemons in half, and set two halves aside. Squeeze the juice from the other two halves of lemon on the pork chops. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Prepare 1 cup of quinoa according to package directions.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. When oil is hot, put the pork chops in the skillet. As you sauté the pork chops, add the juice from one of the remaining two lemon halves. Sprinkle the Thyme over the pork chops and continue sautéing for approximately 8-10 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.
- While the pork chops are cooking, in another saucepan with a lid, add the asparagus, diced red pepper, the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of water and garlic over high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes uncovered, or until the water is almost gone. Squeeze the remaining lemon halve over the asparagus and red pepper. Toss the red pepper and asparagus to coat and cover the pan, cooking for 1 minute. Remove the lid and toss the asparagus and red pepper again. Put the lid back on and repeat until the asparagus and red pepper are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the finished quinoa to the vegetables and toss to coat. Serve the pork chops over a scoop of quinoa and vegetables.
The day this Farberware New Traditions Nonstick Porcelain cookware arrived on my doorstep, I literally gasped when I saw the beautiful Aqua color. I just love it, it is unlike anything I’ve ever had in my kitchen. There were so many things I immediately loved about them as I pulled them out of the box.
- The beautiful aqua color (also comes in red) caught my eye immediately.
- The unique scalloped porcelain enamel exterior, and fun bell shape of the pots, make them pretty, even right on the family table.
- As a food blogger, I was immediately drawn to the white, scratch-resistant, nonstick interior, which accentuates your food as it cooks, as well as making it easy to clean.
- I love that these pots, as well as lids are oven-safe to 350 degrees. Making oven to table so easy!
- The glass lids allow me to see my food cooking and I don’t have to remove the lid (effectively stalling the cooking process) in order to check on things.
- The handles are riveted twice for lifelong stability that a busy kitchen requires, and the handles are comfortable and easy to grasp.
Each 12 pc. Farberware New Traditions Nonstick Porcelain Cookware set comes with:
- Farberware® 1 Quart Covered Saucepan
- Farberware® 1.5 Quart Covered Saucepan
- Farberware® 2 Quart Covered Saucepan
- Farberware® 5 Quart Covered Dutch Oven
- Farberware® 8 inch Skillet
- Farberware® 10 inch Skillet
- Two Prestige® Kitchen Tools: 1 Slotted Turner, 1 Slotted Spoon
In your choice of red or aqua.
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