Zesty Ranch Pork Chops and Brussel Sprouts

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Ranch and paleo?!?! What the f*ck are you talking about JB? That doesn’t make any sense. Oh but it does you paleo eaters, it does. You know why? Because I have the new best dressing EVER. You might have seen it, especially now it’s in many Whole Foods out there. I just saw the product at Whole Foods last night. Badass. Anywho, it’s called Tessemae’s and I’m officially obsessed. I’ve been pretty much drinking the Zesty Ranch flavor ever since I tasted it a few days ago. You HAVE to try it. Listen to all the flavors they have:

  • Lemon Garlic
  • Lemonette
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Balsamic
  • Zesty Ranch
  • Soy Ginger
  • Poppy Seed Grapefruit
  • Italian
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Hot Sauce/Wing Sauce.

And since I refuse to eat salads because salads bore me, I’m pouring these flavors all over meat and veggies. Sauce makes everything better. And the family who makes these products are truly adorable. I want to hang out with them on Christmas. I think they would be pretty great. They make great dressing, therefore, they must make great food. I can feel it.

So I need to tell you a story. It has nothing to do with sauce. But you know how my brain works. So a weird thing happened to me last week. I was shopping, buying accessories because I’m really digging accessories right now, and trying them on in the mirror. So when my armpits began to sweat since any sort of movement means I pit out, I took off my scarf and shoved it into my purse (which is the size of a suitcase, but that’s besides the point), then proceeded on to try on necklace after necklace. Well, when I did that, this woman stared me down like I had smacked her first born child. She then turned around and went to speak to the manager. At this point, I knew what she was thinking. She thought I had stolen something and shoved it into my suitcase-purse. So I kept shopping, kept trying things on, all while the entire staff whispered and stared me down. I knew what they were thinking, but for some reason I kept quiet, acting as if I couldn’t feel their stares. I should have just shouted “hey you f*cks, I didn’t steal sh*t.” But I’m not one for confrontation. And I’m a lady. So once I checked out, the manager made up some bullish*t lie that it was a rule to check people’s purses before they checked out. I was pissed because I had my new S&M kit in there, but I still gave my purse on over. They went through my purse to find nothing but a lulu lemon scarf and paleo kits. They then took my S&M starter kit. Bastards. I’m kidding…I keep that kit in a different bag.

But that was an interesting feeling. The last time I stole something was while I was still in diapers. You just thought “like last year, Juli?’ didn’t you? Poor joke. But for real, when I was in diapers, I shoved a nice diamond ring in my nasty ass diaper while my parents were at a jewelry store. I’m slick. I guess I always liked accessories. My dad is a goldsmith for gosh sakes. Wait, wait, wait. No, I stole towels from the Rec Center while I was still in college, but that’s because I worked as a lifeguard there. My shelves in my linen closet are still filled with short ass white towels that are stamped with ‘Student Rec Center’ on the bottom. Classy Juli, classy. I guess I’m a thief at heart. A klepto, if you will.

I honestly really should be proud of this woman for saying something when she thought I was stealing. Brave of her. She was wrong and looked like a complete assh*le, but honest, very honest. I commend your false honesty, ma’am. You’re dumb, though. I’m kidding people, stop hating me.


Zesty Ranch Pork Chops and Brussel Sprouts

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 bone-in pork chops
  • 34 cups brussel sprouts, ends removed, cut in fourths
  • 4 tablespoons Tessamae’s Zesty Ranch
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • avocado, diced (to garnish because it’s delicious with pork)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut your brussel sprouts. I like to cut the ends off then cut the brussel sprouts in half, then one more time in half. Meaning in fourths.
  3. Now heat up a large oven-safe skillet over high heat and add in a tablespoon of zesty ranch and a garlic clove.
  4. Salt and pepper your pork chops on both sides, then add the pork chops to your very hot pan to sear on both sides. They will cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. When you flip your pork chop, pour on one more tablespoon of zesty ranch on top of your pork chop.
  5. Once your pork chops have seared on both sides, add the pan directly to your hot oven for 10-12 minutes. Be sure to not overcook, it’s not as good that way.
  6. While the pork chops are cooking, place a medium skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of your zesty ranch along with one of your minced garlic cloves. Then toss in your brussel sprouts and mix around. Once your brussel sprouts begin to brown and almost burn a bit, salt and pepper them and add your last tablespoon of zesty ranch to the brussel sprouts, along with a splash of water then cover with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft.
  7. When your pork chops have finished cooking through, add along with your softened brussel sprouts and diced avocado.
  8. If you want to pour more zesty ranch on top, I totally support that. Since I did it.


If you do not have an oven safe skillet, you can place your browned pork chop on a baking sheet to put in the oven.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


40 thoughts on “Zesty Ranch Pork Chops and Brussel Sprouts”

  1. Wow you’re much nicer than I would have been about checking your purse! I probably would have made a huge scene. Can’t wait to try the pork chops. I wonder if Wegmans carries the dressing, hmmm.

  2. Thanks so much for sponsoring Tesse’s! We love your recipes and it is so exciting to see our dressing on your website. Thanks for the love again and enjoy!!

  3. This stuff is incredible!! I am addicted to Tessemae’s Dressings!! i love that they are all sugar free. I think they only have them at Whole foods.

  4. A few weeks ago I had almost the same thing! I was at Mama Jeans (our version of Whole Foods) and I had my recycled grocery sack that I was stuffing things in while chating on the phone. I then stuck my phone back in my purse and went along with my shopping. An elderly man approached me and said “I know what you did”! I was so confused! I was trying to be nice just thinking he was lonely and wanted to talk. But no, not the case. He wanted me to confess before he had to turn me in. I then opened my purse for him to see I did not put anything in there! I then thanked him for being a mindful citizen. I proceeded to show my purse contents to the cashier as well, just in case he thought I pulled one over on him!

  5. YUM can’t wait to try this! Are you using cast iron for the pork chops? How do you usually clean it? The whole no soap cleaning thing really freaks me out but I LOVE my cast iron!!

    1. Maine’s Whole Foods has a new order of Tessemaes that should arrive today!!! Be sure to look/ask for us in refrigerated dressings in produce

  6. Darn that sweating thing. It makes me do awkward things all the time….like strip scarves and clothes off in public. NBD. Thanks for the sprouts and sauce recommendation, I love both sprouts and sauces.

  7. I repeatedly stole toilet paper from the university while in college. The punishment fit the crime, though – thin, scratchy toilet paper is almost as bad as no toilet paper.

    Pork chops look delicious!

  8. omg what a bitch. i totally would have made a huge scene if they wanted to look in my purse. i’ve gotten accused of stealing, too, while MY MOM was taking my sister and i shopping. it was in this ghetto ass store called Bebe. anyway, my mom freaking screamed at the manager and it was awesome. never went in that piece of shit store again.

    those pork chops look good. you inspired me to order pork chops from this local farm around me. i never liked them growing up but that’s because my dad cooked them to the consistency of shoe leather. i know with your recipes mine will taste a ton better.

  9. Just had this for dinner! So Good! Really easy, fast. Can’t get tessamaes here yet, used a combination of some dressings I had.
    Ordered my cookbook the other day:)

  10. This sounds to good to be true.. You always know how to surprise us poor folks who are crappy cooks with new ideas. My boyfriend thinks I come up with these recipes on my own.. Little does he know LOL! Thank you so much for the amazing recipes. Your website is my absolute favorite and I tell everyone about it. Love you~!

  11. The only thing that would make this better is if your dish was served on those ganked (sp?) towels instead of a placemat!

  12. I can’t find this dressing in Hawaii at all. Then I looked at shipping and it was almost a quarter of my weekly grocery budget 🙁 Boo for living in the middle of an ocean.

  13. I have to modify this recipe, as it looks like we don’t have that (awesome-sounding) dressing in the Boston area! I found the lowest-sugar ranch dressing in the store and I’m running with that for now.

  14. In college, my husband would steal those huge toilet paper rolls as he worked in the student union bldng. His TP was always sitting on the edge of the shower or counter because it was so huge. I also stole rolls here & there if I saw ’em. Shhh

  15. Whoa. So delish! The pork was good, but the sprouts, superb flavor! I will be doing this often. Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. I just tried the Tessamea’s Zesty ranch and I too am obsessed! I’ve put it on everything from grilling my chicken and pork chops to eggs to Brussell sprouts! I immediately tried to make my own version because I knew that bottle would not last long.
    For those looking for it in CA, I’ve seen it in Whole Foods in the LA area.

  17. I just made this…and my fiancé LOVED it!!!!! He is so picky and I am so glad he has LOVED everything I have made from your blog. Thank you so much for all of it!!! Just ordered your book!

  18. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Loved the story. I was in a sexy-lady store looking at buyin’ some sexy lady clothes for my sexy husband and the 2 girls behind the counter followed me around. Conspiculously so. But I confronted them! Because sometime’s confrontation feels right! And the one lady said, “Oh, we’re just straightening the clothes…” and when I said, “No…no I don’t think you were. Because I purposefully zig-zagged across the building 4 times and you followed me ALL FOUR TIMES.” The other lady said, “Well, it’s just that we’ve had some issue’s with people stealing.” I suggested that the next time they should ‘shame the devil and tell the truth’. And also maybe check-purses at the counter prior to people shopping. I wouldn’t have been offended if they asked to hold my purse when I first walked in. But they didn’t. So I took my sexy-clothing allowance and spent it at another store! Cha-Ching!

  19. I have been reading your posts for almost a year now and pretty much die laughing every time. I love this blog, thank you so much for sharing!

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