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Back to School, Back to Quick and Easy Cooking

Posted August 14, 2014

Are you ready, parents? The chaos of back-to-school time is right around the corner, and with it comes unfamiliar routines, late nights at soccer and football practice, and rushed dinners that are, at best, an afterthought. But with just a little planning and minimal prep- and cook-time, you can create delicious, mouth-watering meals that keep dinnertime special—even if your family’s schedule is maxed out. Try out these 30-minute-or-less meals, made with Tender Belly pork to amp up the flavor: Grilled Pork Tacos with Summer Corn + Nectarine Salad: Skip a step by letting the kids add their own toppings; mix it up with other kid-friendly ingredients like shredded cheese and jicama. Summer Grilled Pork Chops: Marinate the chops overnight, then grill ‘em outside to keep the kitchen cool. Summer Pork + Potatoes: Sure, this one simmers for a little more than 30 minutes, but the one-pot method keeps prep work to a minimum. Bacon + Tomato Spaghetti Recipe: What kid doesn’t love bacon? Bring the savory taste of Tender Belly bacon to dinnertime with this simple, summery pasta recipe. Cook Once, Eat Twice One of the best things about pork is its versatility, which makes “double-duty cooking” a breeze. On Sunday, cook a double batch of your favorite pork recipe; then enjoy round two the next night. Or, simply cook up extra pork chops when you have the grill going. Throughout the week, you can add strips of the grilled meat to quick and easy recipes, like Pork Tacos or Pork + Apple Salad. It doesn’t get much easier than that! What are your favorite 30-minute-or-less pork dishes? Share the links in the comments below!