This evening, L and I cooked Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops with Arugula-Basil Rice Pilaf, which was pretty much everything that you could ask for from a 30 minute meal. It was quick, easy, straightforward, tasty and balanced. Success. It actually took 20 minutes from start to finish, and we even managed to clean up the minimal dishes as we went along.
The rice pilaf came from a box, which I was initially sceptical about. I thought that it would be like package mix rice with dried peas, but actually it was twice as nice as expected. It seemed to be rice and orzo, with seasonings. It was mixed with arugula and basil after cooking, and was very successful. The pork chops were definitely not chicken, which was absolutely fantastic. The balsamic glaze, which will be revisited for the next two days, was easy and good and I would imagine it would work well with a wide variety of meat products. Onions, garlic, thyme and rosemary were sautéed in the pan, then chicken stock, honey and balsamic vinegar were added and the whole lot simmered for a while. A pat of butter was added at the last minute to make a glaze. Super good.
Probably the nicest thing about this meal was the portion size; it was normal, not huge. It actually looked very minimal on the plate after two months of mounds of food. We would definitely make this again, and it would work well for visitors too. Tomorrow, Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Smoked Mozzarella and Garlic Rice Pilaf; could be good, could be chicken.