5 Simple Weeknight Dinners That Will Make You Sing Their Praises

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5 Weeknight Dinner Ideas, #1

These yummy bacon slow cooker pork chops will make a believer out of ya! Honestly, this is one of the best weeknight dinner ideas I’ve ever made. I mean, think about it, these chops are cooked slowly and covered in bacon sauce! Bacon sauce! I don’t think that it really ever gets better than that.

5 weeknight dinner ideas bacon slow cooker pork chops

The fact that these pork chops are smothered in bacon and a bacon grease sauce is almost too much for my heart to handle…literally LOL I’m just teasing, these are prime examples of what a GOOD fat is and when eaten in moderation can actually be healthy for you. So, eat up!

These chops literally fall off the bone when you pierce them with your fork.



4 bone-in pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick seasoned with salt and pepper on each side

4 slices Hormel bacon, cut into small pieces

2 tablespoons Wesson canola oil

1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon Domino brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3 cups College Inn low-sodium chicken stock

2 teaspoons Heinz Worcestershire sauce

2 McCormick bay leaves

1 tablespoon Argo corn starch

1 tablespoon Heinz cider vinegar



Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, then season both sides with salt and pepper.

Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, then store it in the fridge until later.

There should be about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in the pan, just eyeball it. If it doesn’t look like there’s enough, add a little canola or vegetable oil and increase the heat to high. If there’s more than 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in the pan, drain some off until you’re left with 2 tablespoons. Add the pork chops to the pan and cook for two to three minutes per side, until they are nicely browned. Transfer the browned pork chops to the slow cooker.

Add a small amount of oil to the pan if there is no remaining fat/oil, about a teaspoon. Add the onions, a pinch of salt, and 1/4 cup water and cook until the onions are translucent. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits of pork chop on the bottom of the pan. Add in garlic and cook for another minute. Pour this mixture over the pork chops.

To the skillet combine chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Pour over pork chops. Add bay leave to the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours, until the pork chops are tender.

Discard the bay leaves and carefully remove the pork chops from the slow cooker and transfer to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm while you make the sauce.

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker through a fine mesh strainer into a large saucepan. Place the solids in a blender, and add in 1 cup of the liquid from the saucepan. Blend on high until smooth. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and heat to medium high heat.

In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Pour this mixture into the sauce pan cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and is bubbly. Stir in the vinegar, add in the bacon, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve: Place a pork chop atop fluffy cooked rice or egg noodles, spoon gravy over the pork chop OR serve with pasta and marinara sauce.



I hope you enjoyed these weeknight dinner ideas! Don’t forget to leave a comment below!



When I shop at my favorite supermarket. The first thing I do is to look page by page at what’s on sale. Usually they have a few things in every department. Produce, cereal, grocery items can tomato products., pasta etc. then check the meat dept. Chicken, ground beef, pork etc. Then dairy eggs, cheese, yogurt sour cream or cottage etc. then bacon, sausage, hot dogs etc. Then bread isle or bakery dept. buy only what’s on sale. Paper products, toilet,towel baggies etc. Every week they change but they always put different items on sale in every dept. about every four weeks they repeat. Try not to buy anything that’s not on sale, unless you have to. You will be supprised at how much you will save. If ground beef is on sale buy several lbs. and freeze, when you need more it will probably be on sale again in a couple of weeks.

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