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Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Coffee and whole wheat toast are one of my breakfast mainstays. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so why not whip up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread one of the greatest gifts this Lazy Budget Chef (who can’t proof bread to save her life) has ever known – the bread machine. As luck would have it I have more whole wheat flour than white and more raisins than normal because I went to a bulk bin without a container and bought more raisin than I thought. No problem. I’ll make a Irish style whole wheat bread featuring those those happy raisins sitting in my kitchen. I am using the bread machine to make and proof the dough for this recipe and baking the bread in the oven because I want the round shape of a traditional Irish style bread. You can bake it that way or you can bake the whole wheat Irish bread from start to finish in a bread machine. It will taste just the same although I personally think baking bread in the bread maker makes it a little more dense than when I bake bread machine do

Mango Pork Chops

I like mangoes. However, I don’t like trying to cut the pit out of a mango. More often than not, the juice from the mango makes my hands slippery and the mango shoots across the kitchen under the knife. Sometimes it flies onto the floor where I have to beat the dog and the three second rule if I want to save a spendy mango.

That’s no way to treat a mango.  

As a result, I rarely buy fresh mangoes. 

The Balancing Act offered me an opportunity to try Sol Bliss frozen fruit purees. A fruit puree would solve my flying mango problem but I was skeptical. Some fruit gels and purees have added sugar, syrups, or are a color that is not found in nature. I mean, what’s the point of serving fruit if it’s covered in extra junk I don’t want my family to eat which is why I’m giving them fruit in the first place?

My research found that Sol Bliss has one ingredient – fruit. That’s it. No extra sugars or junk.  Just fruit.  I can live with that.

Not only can I live with it, I decided to cook with it.

Sol Bliss and The Balancing Act suggested Sol Bliss Fruit Purees taste great in smoothies, mixed in yogurt, or made into popsicles. I’m sure they do. I had something else in mind.

My Mango Pork Chops recipe is loosely based on the first dinner I cooked for my Husband when we were dating. Apparently, the combination of fruit and meat in a dish kept him coming back for more. More food you sillies. 

That dinner was the start to our beautiful foodie relationship.

If you do not eat pork, you can substitute skinless chicken for pork chops.

Mango Pork Chop Recipe


4 or more pork chops
1 Yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
Olive oil
1 defrosted package of Sol Bliss Mango Fruit Puree
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon pepper

Make it

1. In a small bowl combine the package of Sol Bliss Mango Fruit Puree, ground allspice, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

2. Drizzle olive oil to coat the surface of a frying pan. Turn the burner on and set to low to medium heat.

3. Place the pork chops into the frying pan.

4. Pour the mango mixture over the pork chops in the frying pan.

5. Add the chopped bell peppers to the frying pan.

6. Sauté both sides of the pork chops in the mango mixture until done.

I served the mango pork chops with peas and whole wheat angel hair pasta on the side. I topped the pasta with the sautéed bell pepper and mango mixture to keep things interesting on the pasta front.  

This dish is an easy, tasty, and a great way to impress a dinner guest! Did you like this post? Get more like it by subscribing to the Lazy Budget Chef RSS feed or by subscribing to Lazy Budget Chef by email.


Bridget said…
This looks so delicious! thank you for sharing :)
Mango and pork chops...great combo! thanks for linking at the Stinky Linky party! I bet these have a great stink about them don't they!
Anonymous said…
Hi Lisa! Oh, this looks delicious! I love pork chops and I love mango so this is really a winner.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)
Letting you know you this recipe was featured on the Stinky Linky party tonight! Congrats!