The Serenity Sisters

Seven Women for Better Health


Roasted Asparagus
by mandyg5

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toss asparagus in olive oil and minced garlic. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Roast for 20 minutes or until asparagus is tender.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

4 (6-8 oz) bone in pork chops (1 to 1 1/4 inches thick)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp.olive oil
2 Granny smith apples,(cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges)
1 medium size yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
8 sprigs of fresh thyme (if you don’t have fresh, I just sprinkled a little dried thyme over the top)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkly pork with salt and pepper. Cook in hot oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet.

2. Add apples and onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet.

3. Add broth to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to loosed the brown bits from the pan. Whisk together cream and mustard; add to skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly.

4. Remove skillet from heat. Add pork, turning to coat, and top with apples, onions, and thyme.

5. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until liquid is just beginning to bubble. Let stand in skillet 5 minutes before serving.

*I served this with Whole Wheat Couscous and roasted garlic asparagus. Delicious!!!!

*If you don’t have heavy whipping cream and substitute something else, (like half and half) be sure and decrease the Dijon mustard.

This recipe was adapted from Southern Living January 2014 Issue.


Oldie but a Goodie: Giant Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chunk Cookies (nut-free)

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time:  20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 7

  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 vanilla bean stem, slit lengthwise, little baby beans removed with the edge of your knife
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½-1 cup Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks (or dark chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out a dollop of cookie mix and pour onto baking sheet. Space out so cookies do not form together when they bake (like mine did).
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, be careful not to overcook these.
  6. Let cool. Then eat up!
  7. My mix made 7 large cookies, but you could make them smaller!



One response to “Recipes

  1. sheilapound says:

    Hi ladies! Let’s get these recipes started! 🙂

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