the organized life, Plan B dinner

Be flexible!  I know when I do my weekly meal plan that it is often ambitious.  As much as I enjoy cooking and creating in the kitchen, sometimes I am just plain too tired! Or imagine, life gets in the way and I don’t have time! So, Plan B comes to mind.  I try to schedule a plan B meal 1-2 times a week.  A Plan B meal is a tried and true favorite that literally goes together in minutes, and a meal that I can make even on the craziest days.  Tonight’s meal is a Plan B:

Blackberry Pork Chops, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Corn on the Cob

Tonight I am just cooking for 2, and I am not much of a meat eater and often times just have the vegetables, so feel free to add as many pork chops as you like, this recipe works for 1 or 20.

Heat a skillet over high heat.  Season chops with salt & pepper on both sides. Brown chop quickly in hot pan, 1 minute.

Turn chop and brown the other side.  Transfer to a foil lined pan or dish just slightly larger than your chop.

Next top with a little jelly or jam, blackberry if you have it but really anything will work.  It’s just to add a touch of sweetness to the berries.

Now top the chops with fresh blackberries. Mound them on!  If you have extra ones tuck them around the chops in the pan.

Now cover pan with foil and Bake in a 350 oven for about 1 hour.

Remove foil and gently mash the berries with a fork.  Turn oven to broil and slide pan under broiler on upper rack and broil chops for several minutes to caramelize the berries and brown.

Dinner is ready!  This method works equally well with any Barbeque sauce instead of the blackberries and jam.  Try it that way too.

Blackberry or BBQ Pork Chops

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 large bone in chop per person
  • blackberries
  • salt and pepper
  • blackberry or other fruit jam
  • BBQ sauce, optional


  • Season chops with salt and pepper
  • Brown in a hot skillet for 1 minute each side
  • Place chops in a shallow baking dish
  • Spread with a layer of jam and top with 4-5 berries, or spread with BBQ sauce if desired
  • Cover pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes
  • Uncover and mash down berries, or if using BBQ sauce, add another layer of sauce
  • Broil for 4-5 minutes until the sauce sets and begins to char


Use either fruit jam and berries or BBQ sauce
Cooking covered makes the chops very tender
Broil at the end to give them a little char for taste and presentation

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