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Tailor this quick recipe to whatever looks good at the grocery store salad bar, say the cookbook editors who suggest that Peppered Pork Chops and Pilaf is a dish you may like to remember when you're in a hurry.

The recipe is from "Better Homes and Gardens One Dish Dinners" (Meredith Books, $24.95), an enterprising collection of ideas for streamlined family meals.

Combine your colorful selection of vegetables with a few other convenient products — herb-pepper seasoning, bottled roasted red peppers and quick-cooking brown rice — and the result is a skillet chop dish that's speedy and seasonal.


PEPPERED PORK CHOPS AND PILAF

(Preparation-cooking time, start-to-finish, 25 minutes)

Four 3-ounce boneless pork loin chops, cut 3/4-inch thick

2 teaspoons herb-pepper seasoning

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups cut-up salad-bar vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions and sweet peppers

14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth

2 cups uncooked instant brown rice

1/4 cup roasted red sweet pepper strips

Sprinkle both sides of meat with the herb-pepper seasoning. In a large skillet heat oil. Cook chops in hot oil for 5 minutes. Turn chops. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes more or until juices run clear. Remove chops from skillet; cover and keep warm.

Meanwhile, cut vegetables into bite-size pieces. Add vegetables, broth and uncooked rice to skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until rice is done and vegetables are crisp-tender. Return pork chops to skillet; cover and heat through. Garnish with roasted red pepper strips.

Nutrition information per serving: 390 cal., 17 g total fat (5 g saturated fat), 70 mg chol., 492 mg sodium, 33 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 29 g pro.