Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions



I found this recipe in my search for Paleo/Healthy recipes. Heath loves the idea of the Paleo diet, but there are some restrictions that he's just not on board with, and I agree.

He plans to still eat bread, but in moderation, and while he won't cut out milk entirely, he has switched to skim milk. I still drink whole milk (well, cook with it it. I will NEVER drink a glass of milk by itself...gross) since it's what I buy for Jesse, but I just chatted with my Gastro yesterday, and he thinks I may be lactose intolerant, so I have to go in for a test. That would suck. I do love yogurt and cream cheese.

This was a really, really good dinner. It was super simple, and if there are two things that go together perfectly, it's apples and pork chops. The fresh thyme was a nice touch too. I'm always looking for new ways to make pork chops, so this is definitely a keeper.

Ok guys, I'm off to get this house cleaned. Not much going on today, but I am determined to get all the damn laundry done. DONE! Not languishing in the dryer for three days while I just keep setting it to 'Refresh' to get all the wrinkles out, but actually folded and put away!

We shall see....

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'Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions'
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, chopped
2 apples, cut in wedges
1 tablespoon butter, divided
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan and cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add apple to the pan and place in oven.

3. Bake for 10 minutes or until onions and apple are tender. Remove from oven and stir in 2 teaspoons butter, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper and add to the heated pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove pork to a plate and keep warm.

5. Whisk together chicken broth and flour in a small bowl. Add broth mixture to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 1 minute or until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Stir in cider vinegar and remaining 1 teaspoon butter. Serve sauce with pork and apple mixture.



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2 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! And as an aside, most people who are lactose intolerant are still able to eat yogurt fine as the active bacteria in the yogurt have already broken down the lactose for you. Cream cheese may be an issue, though. Once you get your test results, ask your gastro to be sure for you, but I am a gastro myself and most of my lactose intolerant patients do fine with yogurt.

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  2. That's good to know, thank's Erin! I just assumed all dairy was off limits to those who are lactose intolerant. I haven't yet started looking into what can and cannot be eaten. I'll wait for the test and results before I do that. As for now, I'm trying to eat less dairy, and I'm keeping a food diary to see if I can pinpoint what exactly is messing with me.

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