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……and turnip greens!  – Billy Currington

This song has been in my head ever since I decided what we were having for dinner today.  Tonight we used our turnip greens from our bi-weekly harvest.  They were yummy.  Joe’s reaction to them? “They taste like they are part of a plant.  Like someone took the leaves off of a plant and cooked them.”  yep, that’s pretty much what they are!  The tops of turnips sauteed with garlic, olive oil, and red onion.  He loved it though because he was halfway through the meal before I even got a chance to take a picture of my plate for this post.

Joe’s Plate

My Plate

To go with our turnip greens, I made a baked sweet potato and a pork chop.  The pork chop recipe was from and I used the exact recipe.

Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce

Serves 4 ~ 167 calories

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 4 pork chops (22 oz with bone, fat removed), 1 inch thick, trim all visible fat
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh herbs like parsley, chives
In a large frying pan heat the butter over moderately low heat. Season pork with salt and pepper.
Raise heat to medium and add the chops to the pan and sauté for 7 minutes. Turn and cook until chops are browned and done to medium, about 7-8 minutes longer. Remove the chops and put in a warm spot.
Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and boil until it reduces to 1/2 cup, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mustard, herbs, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Put the chops on a platter and pour the sauce over the meat.


Today was also weigh in wednesday.  I lost another pound this week, bringing me back to what I weighed before Shea’s wedding.  I didn’t get flowers today at the store because I don’t feel like I should have a reward for losing weight I already lost.  Instead, I made us a nice, healthy dinner to continue to keep us on track.

I have decided that I want to make a weight loss goal for myself with the goal date as my birthday.  I have 11 pounds to go to meet the weight I’m aiming for, so 11 pounds in 50 days (November 21st) is very doable.  It’s less than 1 1/2 pounds a week.  Katie has a ShipShape long sleeved tshirt already on hold for me as my reward for meeting my goal.   I know I can do it!


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