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Family Meals Month: Lemon Pepper Parmesan Chops

It's WEEK TWO of Family Meals Month. This week our meal is based around "the other white meat", pork! The Oklahoma Pork Council is also participating and encouraging Oklahomans to stay strong with family meals (make sure to follow along on their social media for their own scrumptious recipes and information on the benefits of family meals), so I decided to feature one of my all time favorite easy pork chop recipes. Let me introduce you to my Lemon Pepper Parmesan Chops! I am a fan of quick sheet pan meals during a busy week. My little guy loves these crispy breaded chops and I hope your family will too! Check out the recipe card included at the bottom of this post and follow the directions below for these chops and some easy but pleasing sides to go with. I've also included a list of basic kitchen items you will need to complete your meal as well.

Follow the directions below to prepare a quick, easy and delicious meal for your family this week.

•Heat oven to 400 Fahrenheit

•Prepare cookie sheet by covering with foil and placing a baking rake on top of the foil for quick clean up.

•Crack three eggs and whisk with a fork in a dredging dish (can be as simple as a shallow bowl for eggs and a paper plate for dry Ingredients).

•Mix Panko crumbs and all of the seasonings together in a dregdging dish. Mix until combined well.

•If your boneless pork chops are not very thin, tenderize with a meat tenderizer/mallet.

• Dredge your chops in egg and then dredge in the Panko/Seasoningmixture.

•Place each pork chop onto prepared cookie sheet.

•Repeat for all 8 pork chops.

•Place pork chops in oven for 20 minutes.

•After 20 minutes, take sheet with pork chops out, cut lemon in half and use the halves to drizzle lemon juice on top of the pork chops.

•Return to oven for 5 more minutes.

* Insider tip: You may turn on broiler to finish your pork chops and to give them a golden toasted color.


•Add two tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 1& 1/2 cup water to a stockpot.

•Place chopped broccoli and baby carrotsdrizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to taste into a steamer basket and transfer to stockpot. Cover with lid.

•Bring water/soy to a boil and boil for 8 minutes or until veggies are tender.


•Bring salted water to a boil in a stock pot.

•Wash and peel potatoes and cut into cubes.

•Transfer potatoes to boiling water and cook until fork tender.

•Drain water and return potatoes back to stockpot.

•Mash potatoes while still warm.

•Add 1/4cup room temperaturesalted butter and 1/4-1/2 Cup Pet evaporated milk and mix thouroughly. (Add milk slowly until desired consistency).

• Add 4-8oz Philadelphia cream cheese to mixture and mix until combined.

•salt and pepper to taste.

This is a great recipe to involve your little ones in. I always like being able to assign Drew a task when I'm cooking. Dredging and breading the pork chops is an easy way to give him a small job that makes him feel like he has had a big impact on our meal. It also allows this mama to keep her hands a little cleaner and to be completing another facet of our meal. Involving your kids in the kitchen gives you that much more opportunity to engage your children in conversation. In my experience kitchens are the perfect environment for bonding time! This week, I challenge you to find a way to incorporate your children into preparing your meal. I would love to know what works for you, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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