With this recipe, I am just going to jump straight to the pictures for you. A mouthwateringly simple dinner, from simple ingredients to simple preparation. Enjoy!
The simple list of ingredients: Pork Chops (thick cut, 1 per person), Red Onion, Asparagus, 2 Carrots, 1.5 Pounds Small Red Potatoes, Tomato, Spices (I used a good quality Garlic Powder, fresh ground Black Pepper, and Italian Seasoning, plus some Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Cut potatoes in half or quarters depending on size, asparagus into 1" pieces, slice the carrots (I like to leave the peel on, but you don't have to), wedge the red onion. Toss all of these in a bowl with some Olive Oil.
Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with your seasonings and place them around the edges of the pan (I use a large bar pan/jelly roll). Pour vegetable mixture into the center of your pan. Bake in 425*F oven for 45 minutes. Don't touch it during this time. It's not necessary. You can use this time to clean up the kitchen, set the table, and enjoy a cup of tea while you visit with your family.
After 45 minutes it should look kinda like this. Turn the pork chops over and stir the vegetables.
Cut the tomato into wedges (in this case, I also had some grape tomatoes to add to the mix). Place on top of the vegetables on the pan, and return to oven for another 15 minutes.
Serve up a pork chop and a generous helping of the vegetables for each person. Serve with salad or on its own. A nice big glass of cold milk is a perfect drink of choice for this simple dinner.
This is one of those dinners that I like to use when I have an abundance of produce. You can use whatever vegetables you happen to have on-hand, so don’t avoid making it because you don’t like my vegetable choices. Use what you like and make it your own. Cooking is creative! Find your imagination and watch the smiles as you serve this simple dinner that looks and tastes like it took you all day to prepare!