Pork is a great cheap meat and it’s almost impossible to ruin a pork-chop. Chops are also a great way to get creative with flavor. Pork is a great platform to add flavor and experiment with seasonings and glazes. Pork is traditionally high in fat, so it’s important to pick lean cuts, but I try to avoid super thin sliced chops as it can dry out to quickly when broiling. Although the thing stuff is great for twice cooked pork stir-fry.
Beans require soaking overnight and I cook them all day in the crock pot, so although it’s a simple side dish, it takes a lot of planning ahead. I know you can buy canned beans, and we have done those before, but our allergic child had some strange reactions to bean dishes, so we have stuck with cooking dry beans only.