Recipe: Pork Chops with Apples and Ginger

This is easily my favorite new recipe. It’s GF *and* DF without any modifications! And it’s even relatively SmartPoints friendly. But it’s so delicious that you should try it even if you’re not on a diet. I was admittedly a little skeptical when I saw some of the flavor profiles represented in the ingredients – but man, was I wrong!! My two year old loved it. And my husband gave it 4/5 stars. I asked him if anything I made was worthy of 5 stars. He didn’t respond. He’s kinda picky so I’m gonna call that a win.

I think it’s intended to be served just as a main dish and entree – but I feel like one thinly sliced 5oz pork chop is not very much. So to make myself feel better, I chopped it up (ha!) and made myself a Chipotle-style bowl instead.

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So. Without further adieu…

Pork Chops with Apples and Ginger (From the WW Year Round Fresh cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp ground coriander (divided)
  • 3/4 tsp salt (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 (5 oz) lean center-cut boneless pork chops
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp whole-grain mustard (really!)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  1. Stir together 1/4 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cumin, and pepper in cup. Rub spice mixture onto both sides of pork. (No, really. Just do it.)
  2. Heat oil in large, heavy skillet over med-hi heat. Add pork and cook, turning once, until inner temp reaches 145 degrees. (Approx 5-6 mins) Transfer to plate.
  3. Spray same skillet with olive oil nonstick spray. (Or just drizzle a little olive oil in the pan if you’re a normal human who doesn’t bother with such nonsense.) Add shallot and ginger, reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly until shallot softens. Add apples and remaining coriander, salt, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples begin to soften, about 2 mins.
  4. Stir in both and scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan. Cover ad cook until apples are tender – about 3 mins. Return pork and any accumulated juices to skillet and cook until heated through – approx. 1-2 mins.
  5. Stir in mustard. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

1 pork chop with 1/2 cup apple mixture = 5 Smart Points.

Add 1/2 cup of brown rice for an additional 3 SP. 

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In my opinion – 1 serving is totally not enough food to constitute a meal. You really need to either add the rice or plan to eat more than one serving. Or… if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can add my favorite side dish for 3 S: Seeds of Change makes these little microwave steamer bags of Quinoa and Brown Rice with garlic that are absolutely delicious! I get mine at Costco, but it is available on Amazon. It really takes the flavor of this dish to the next level!

A few notes if you’re cooking this for picky kids. I’d omit the whole grain mustard seeds and go with a little mustard powder instead. And if my kid didn’t like really flavorful food – I’d probably serve plain brown rice with this instead of the garlicky quinoa and brown rice mixture.

This recipe doesn’t yield a whole lot of food – so I’ll definitely double it next time. As written, it fed our family of three one meal and there was enough for one of us to have leftovers for lunch the next day. So keep that in mind if you’re cooking for more than just you. It’s delicious enough that you’re probably going to wish you doubled it anyway.

So there you have it! Tell me if you try it!

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