Pork Reboot

Pork unedited 2

One of my core beliefs as a person who loves to cook (and eat) is that life requires balance. Multi-coursed meals or special indulgences don’t have to mess you up if you default toward a healthier lifestyle in between. I am also a person that believes in reinventing leftovers into something new and tasty, and in this case, fairly healthy. I call this “Pull a Rabbit out of a Hat” cooking.

With leftover 1/2 pound pork chops in fridge (from the Pork Chops Smothered in Sweet Onion Gravy recipe) and a bag of Birds Eyes Protein blend in the freezer, I whipped up this quick and tasty weekday meal. While a recipe this simple hardly seems necessary, think of it more as inspiration for a simple meal prep you might not have tried before .

Pork & Beans - a healthy version


  • Leftover shredded pork chops (approx. 4 ounces)
  • Birds Eye Italian Style Protein blend (a mix of whole grains, lentils, spinach, broccoli, white beans and sauce)
  • Chopped fresh parsley and snipped chives (optional)
  • Lemon Wedges (optional)
  • Cherry tomato wedges (optional)


  • Warm pork chop in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until hot. Shred desired amount of pork
  • Cook Birds Eye Italian Style Protein Blend using instruction on package
  • Combine pork and Protein Blend, squeeze with lemon and top with tomato wedges and herbs.


Note - this recipe is easily adapted to other leftover meats and other frozen vegetable/grain combinations.









2 thoughts on “Pork Reboot

    • The idea came from your freezer where I first spotted this Bird’s Eyes protein blend. So I consider that the inspiration point!

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