Tuesday Lovers!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am still on like cloud 1000 from my 12 mile pain free run yesterday. PT went well…although he found some tightness in my groin muscles. After some major work and some ice, I am feeling relatively loose today! I ran 8 miles at 8:35/pace and then finished up with 15 minutes on the elliptical. Feels oh so good! 🙂

So moving on to dinner last night. If I could describe Keith’s palate in one word it would be variety. I am not going to lie…I could eat the same thing a few days in a row (as evidenced by my BBQ chicken quesadillas this weekend) but not Keith. The boy wants variety and he won’t even eat the same “protein” two nights in a row. So I am constantly needed to switch it up. So I had some boneless pork chops I needed to use. Google around and I found this recipe on Recipezaar and I thought this sounds PERFECT!


  • 3/4 lb boneless pork chop
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tablespoons pesto sauce (I use store-bought but if you make your own, more power to ya!)
  • olive oil flavored cooking spray
  • salt and pepper
  1. Put flour, salt and pepper on a plate and combine
  2. Dredge both sides of pork chops in flour, and shake off any excess.
  3. Spray a skillet with the cooking spray and preheat on medium-high.
  4. Add the chops and brown on each side for two minutes.
  5. After they are browned, spread the pesto sauce over the chops and put lid on the skillet.
  6. Continue cooking for an additional two minutes or until they reach 160 degrees.

Serves 2! Per Serving: 310 Calories; 13.5g Fat (4g saturated fat); 96mg Cholesterol; 340mg Sodium; 6.4g Carbohydrates; 0.2g  Fiber; 37.1g Protein

I paired this with Green Giant Italian style vegetables and we were good to go! We both enjoyed it and declared it a hit!

Do you like pork?

I like pork okay…it is like beef for me in that I probably only eat it about once a month. But I definitely enjoyed this preparation.

So I have a really random question for you: Do you believe in the idea of soul mates? Keith and I were randomly talking about this last night. Keith definitely buys into the idea of soul mates more than I do. He feels that we were always destined to be together BUT we actually had to make the choice to be together. I don’t believe in soul mates. I personally think there are tons of people in the world that we are compatible with. I believe there is another man who could make me as happy (or even happier) than Keith. But the real romance for me is that I am willingly choosing to give up all my other options to spend my life with Keith. I don’t care who else is out there; I give it all up for him. I just find that to be much more romantic than the notion that we are soul mates. I guess in the end it doesn’t matter because I am married to the man who makes me smile every single day and whom I love more than anything. But it is interesting to me to see how two people view the same idea/concept.

Do you believe in soul mates?


71 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. No pork in our house but I bet it would work well with chicken too.

  2. Happy Tuesday. Another good run today too. So glad you’re feeling better!! Soul mates…hmmm….sometimes I do believe they exist and sometimes not so sure. There are some people that just seem so perfect for each other don’t you think?

  3. Ohmigosh…I am your husband. I need variety everyday. And you are my husband – he eats the same thing everyday!

  4. I like ham! That counts as pork 😉

    I definitely believe in soul mates. I actually think I found mine 🙂

  5. You know… for some reason, I just don’t eat much pork. I have no reason why either. I need to try this recipe!

  6. Nope, I don’t believe in soul mates. I think “soul mate” takes the power out of your hands, when instead, it’s a decision, effort, and draw towards each other all working together.

  7. I’m not sure I believe in soul mates. I think there are certain things you want and need in a person and there may be several people out there that fit that. On the other hand, I’m not sure that there would be anyone out there that could make me happier than Jensen. It’s a hard concept for me just because I believe that nothing is planned and it is our choices that create our lives. I dunno.

    I also think it would be somewhat frustrating to be single and think that there is only one person out there for me. What if I never met him? What if something happened to him? Would that be it?

    • Yeah you and Jensen do seem like the perfect match! 🙂

    • I believe in soul mates.
      I’m single and sometimes worry that maybe I met my “one” and screwed it up, or I missed my chance…but I just remember that if I was meant to be with someone, I will meet him no matter what…you know what I mean? If somethign is meant to be than it will be. Maybe I did meet my “one”, but I believe with all my heart that if I did meet him and let the moment pass by, the universe will make sure we meet again so we can live ahppily ever after 🙂

  8. I am a firm believer in soul mates! Not to say that there aren’t people out there that we are compatible with, but I do believe there is one person out there that I am supposed to be with and that person completes me. However, I don’t think that we necessarily meet them in this life either. I think our souls continuously evolve. I believe I have found mine though, so that may be why I think that way.

  9. I am definitely with you on the soul mates thing. I think there are a lot of people out there in the world that you connect with, but it is your choice which one you choose to spend your life with.

  10. Pork and soul mates, quite the risky combo:) My hubs loves a good chop or loin, me not so much. If he sees this recipe, I’m toast. I do love Porky Pig, what a doll.

    Soul mates, heavy question. The way y’all talked through it sounds like something I could definitely agree with. Making a choice. I believe that Ryan Gosling is my soul mate. Does that answer count?

  11. Congrats on the run girl! Glad you are feeling better. Those pesto pork chops looks phenominal 🙂

  12. I’m so happy that you’re running long distances again! 🙂

    The pork looks awesome. I do like pork, but mostly in big, juicy Italian sausages… ahhh. But it’s one of those things that I’m happy to eat when given the opportunity but don’t really crave otherwise.

    I don’t think there are soul mates either. It’s a perfectly lovely idea, but there are a lot of people who have been widowed by someone they intended on spending the rest of their lives with and been completely bummed about it but managed to find someone later in life whom they loved a lot as well. I do think that there are lots of compatible people for every person, but sometimes one person is more compatible than the other, be it things in common or capability of compromise/working together over big/small differences. But the idea of a perfect fit is nearly impossible, I feel. Like, if you two were made for each other for some reason I feel like you’d BOTH either need to switch it up every meal or be okay with repeats for dinner, for example. 😉 Of course I could be completely wrong but those are my two cents. 🙂

    Have a great day, Kelly!

  13. I’m not sure how I feel about the soul mate thing. I definitely think that my Husband and I were destined to meet and that fate intervened to make that happen. But then there were also some choices made by both of us to ensure that our relationship continued. So i’m not settled on my feelings about it. But I love your outlook on your relationship with your husband. 🙂 so sweet.

    And I do like pork chops. hehe

  14. I agree with you about soul mates, I don’t believe we are supposed to find “the right one”. I believe I could make a perfect match with many other people besides my husband. It’s like you said, I choose to be with him. Of course there has to be chemistry and feeling of fitting well together. But in the end I believe it’s just because we met at a certain time, fell in love and made a decicion.

    I was thinking about you today when I went to the gym..to lift weights 🙂 Yes I am seriously trying to lift weights every week 🙂

    • YAY!!! Good job for lifting weights…I am so proud of you because I can totally relate on how much you hate it! haha! We are like the same person (just separated by a pesky ocean!)

  15. i LOVE pork and i totally believe in soul mates! there’s no other man in the world who could love me the way my husband does 🙂

  16. I used to believe in soul mates. But of course the guy I was convinced was meant for me … Well it didn’t work out. So now I’m really not sure.

  17. My husband and I have the exact same thoughts as you and Keith. Steve is older than me and believes wholeheartedly that we are soul mates and that we were destined to be together and I feel exactly the way you do. Too funny to me. I love my Steve though and I am so happy we found one another.

  18. This is SO romantic – Keith is a lucky man! I totally agree – there are SO many compatible people out there…honestly, it’s a big part of divorces…

    Just think about it – we are always changing and evolving…ourselves, our situations, our lives…so it seems natural…but I also think that everybody is different and maybe some people do have soul mates. Meh.

    Can’t wait to dig out your cookbook again when I finally get myself sorted out from this huge job/living mess I’m in 😉

  19. I don’t think I believe in soul mates, I agree that they are probably numerous people out there who could make us happy and it’s just the choices we make in our lives that bring us to that individual we eventually end up with.

  20. I’m more like you- I think there are lots of compatible people, but the big “love” part comes when you and that person decide to make and keep the connection… I don’t really buy into that “one true love” thing…

  21. I love pork! It’s clean and lean and can have a lot more flavor than chicken. 🙂 I totally believe in soul mates and that people are meant for each other. I think some people don’t ever find their soul mate because they are too focused on needing someone “NOW” and settle easily. Then they end up in an unhappy marriage or relationship.

  22. I’m definitely more with you on the soul mate thing– I think that there are hundreds of people out there (maybe thousands!) that we could be compatible with and find love with– it’s just a matter of being in the right time and place, and being in the mindset of wanting to settle down when you meet one of those people.

    Wow, that sounds romantic, doesnt’ it? 🙂

  23. I’m so happy to be able to read your posts again! I missed my blogging buddy. 🙂

    Pork – We eat it about 2 times/month and I enjoy it when we do eat it. We just tend to have other things more often.

    Soul Mates – I think there are many people we are compatible with but I do think the paths God puts us on will bring us to a particular person if we follow Him. I don’t really classify it as soul mates though. I think Peter was put in my life to help save me from myself and I am forever thankful and thoroughly believe it was a God thing. But I do believe if I had closed myself off to that path God put before me I still would have found someone else that would make me happy.

  24. soul mates?!?! hmm I am a little shaky about this one but I do believe taht there is someone out there for EVERYONE and it is up to you to go find it 🙂

    I don’t eat pig (religious reasons) so I have never had or will have pork!

  25. I do believe in soul mates. I agree that there are probably many people out there with whom I would be perfectly compatible, and yet I also believe I am meant to be with my husband – that our relationship and connection goes far, far beyond compatibility. Perhaps my thinking on this stems from my religious beliefs? I’m not sure, but you’ve definitely got me thinking! 🙂

  26. I love your answer. I tend to agree with you. There are many people who could make me happy and in many different ways. But, I CHOSE Sean to be the one to make me happy.

  27. Mmm, I love pork chops!

    Congrats on the long run!! Ladies and gentlemen, Kelly is BACK!!!! So, how many miles per week are you aiming for? What are your new plans for running?

    • Thanks lady! So far for the week I am up to 20 miles…I will probably aim for 45-50 this week. We’ll see how is shapes up. My training for the NYC Marathon starts July 5th…so this is my last week of freedom! haha! But you know I LOVE IT! I can not wait to start training!!! 🙂

  28. I don’t believe in “soul mates” either. I Definitely think there are a lot of different guys out there who I could spend my life with.

    So glad you are BACK to running!

  29. Mmmm, don’t really believe all the ‘soul mates’ hype.

    That’s great you are running without pain!

  30. I love pork, but I don’t eat it much.

    I totally believe in soul mates. I knew the moment I met my Husband he was the one. There is no one else like him out there and I know we are meant to be 🙂

  31. I’m not a huge pork fan. Actually I enjoy it, but NEVER cook it. No idea why. I love bacon, of course. Rarely cook that.

    Soul mates…I thought I found my soul mate once. I do believe in soul mates. A person you cannot live without. My parents are soul mates, they are perfect for each other!

  32. I agree with you, people are compatible with lots of other people. It’s the emotional ties you make with that one that keep you together.

  33. I don’t mind pork, we have it maybe once or twice a month. Beef I do not like!
    Soul mates……I don’t know…..I think DH & I are very compatible and I love him to death but are we soul mates…..I don’t think I really believe in soul mates!

  34. I agree with you, I think there is more than one match for every person out there! Kind of unromantic but it’s true :).

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

    • I don’t think it is unromantic at all. I think it is more romantic to say there are multiple people out there but we are willing to forgo happiness with someone else for one person! 🙂

  35. I have an aversion to pork because of the way my mom l=cooked it growing up. Always simmered with a can of cream of mushroom soup (barf). So, I hear pork chop and think of that.

    I’m not sure if I believe in soul mates. I’d like to think they exist though.

  36. I’m not a huge fan of pork. I’ll eat it on occasion, but I don’t ever crave it. My family likes grilling it, though.

    I don’t really believe in soul mates. Like you, I think their are plenty of good people out there. I just believe that you fall in love with one person and the love is so strong that it can keep you together forever. You no longer care about anyone else. Thought-provoking question!

  37. I do believe in soulmates. I also think that the people in your life are there for a reason or a to learn a lesson. I look at my bf and see a soulmate–someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and have a family.

  38. I totally agree with your view on soul mates. Yes, I think it’s really serendipitous how you meet the most important people when you least expect it, but I think the decision to be with someone is just that, a decision. You decide that they’re the one for you and dedicate yourself to building a strong, healthy, romantic relationship.

    Still, it doesn’t hurt to think that you were supposed to meet them, because if not, how can you explain such glorious happenstance? 🙂

  39. I totally and completely agree with you! I’m not saying you can’t be soul mates with someone, I just think that there are many soul mates out in the world, but that at some point you find the one you want to be with.

  40. Interesting question really. Its hard to say. Sometimes you see people completely completely in love. Then 10 years later they divorce — so then its like its easy to question everything…how does one ever really really know, etc. Weird to think about really.

  41. I don’t know if soulmate is the word for what I believe in… but I do believe that we are meant to end up with certain people for certain things. I guess for the sake of argument I’ll call it soulmates. So I believe that there are romantic soulmates, friend soulmates, workout buddy soulmates, coworker soulmates, etc. There are just some choices in my life that I’ve made that have brought certain people to me that are too random to believe they weren’t there for a reason.

    • That is a great point also. I don’t think term soulmates only extends to your huysband or wife. I like how you used it to address all types of relationships.

  42. It’s hard to be responsible for dinner for others. I feel like that was one of the biggest adjustments to becoming a mom. I have to cook dinner all the time now. Before our little ones my husband and I would just cook dinner together and he really is the better cook so I just kind of assisted! Now, I have to figure out what were having, do the shopping, the prep work AND the cooking. The husband will clean up if I do the cooking so at least I don’t have to do that 😉 Part of me loves doing this for my family but part of me hates the responsibility of it….every night! Okay so that got long…the chops look great…we had them this weekend~

  43. Mmmm give me some pulled pork, and I’d be a happy camper!

    We actually don’t really cook together, given our likes/dislikes of different foods. Someday we might come together and eat the same food on a regular basis. I’m guessing children will be involved.

  44. I’ll do pork every once in a while but for some reason, I won’t eat it with bones in. Pulled pork, however, will always be welcome on my plate. 😉
    Soul mates – hmmm – that’s a tough one. I think I agree more with you Kelly. I think there are many people that we could potentially be compatible with; but, then again, my hubby and I were able to find ourselves together again after taking a year apart. So who knows! All I know is, I am with the man I’m meant to be with – soul mate or not. 😉

  45. I like to think I believe in soul mates, but I don’t think it has to be a one-time only romantic thing – but that soul mates are people you were destined to meet and that will make more of an impact than 99% of other relationships will. Just those epic relationships.

    And I’m not a huge fan of pork at all.

  46. I don’t know if I necessarily believe in the term “soul mates.” I do believe God brought my husband and I together – maybe some people consider that to be the same as soul mates!

  47. Tuesday are typically my favorite day.. but I am soooooooo exhausted that I just want to get to Thursday 5 PM and start my 4 day weekend.

  48. Pesto Pork chop..mmm! I rarely eat pork, but I like it.

    Ohh good question! I do believe in soul mates and I know I’ve found mine. It’s not that I don’t think there is anyone else out there who could make me as happy as my bf does, but I honestly think it would be HARD to find. So many of my single friends in NYC have had such a hard time finding a great guy, and it makes me realize that what I have really is quite special. Ok, my cheesiness stops HERE! 🙂

  49. I don’t like pork- pigs are my favorite animal…so I don’t eat them.
    I TOTALLY believe in soul mates & I believe everything happens for a reason. Call me cheesy mccheesy..but I seriously KNOW that Craig is my soul mate. I always compare any other guy to him & NO ONE matches up..and ‘our story’ is just too random to not believe in soul mates.

  50. I agree with you about the soul mates. We fall in love with certain people because of opportunity- ie right place at the right time, living in the same location, etc. How do people that believe in soul mates explain the fact that the people we fall in love with are always the one in our same area? What if your soul mate was in Australia but you have never been there and live in Wyoming?

  51. I love the other white meat! I would have never thought to put those two together.

    I think everyone has a soul mate but I dont think that means that they will ever find each other. But then again, I am jaded on the whole love/soul mate thing.

  52. I think that we have multiple soul mates. Some are meant to be friends (like you and me, chica!) and some are meant to be more.

  53. I semi-believe in the idea of soul mates. I honestly feel like brandon and I were meant to meet. He literally makes my life worth living and somehow gets me better than anyone ever has. I love that within the first week of meet, we were asking each other WHY we liked each other so much. It was very intense. So soul mates? I would like to think so.

  54. […] Would you ever consider just picking up and taking a random job? I recently heard about a girl who lived with a family in Spain for a year, and picked olives as her “job.” Pretty cool huh? And now that we’re on the soulmate topic, tell me: Do you believe in them? My bloggy friend Kelly had a very interesting take on the subject. Check it out here! […]

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