PORK

CHOPS

and

STEWED

APPLES

As a kid I used to love pork chops and applesauce and just like me, this recipe is all grown up! These balsamic glazed pork chops with stewed apples come together quickly and taste great. Plus they are packed with lean protein and low in calories making them a perfect meal for those busy weeknights! Serve with a generous portion of veggies and a side of potatoes to make a complete, balanced meal.   

Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

For the Applesauce

1 extra-large Granny Smith apple cut into thick slices

1 TBSP cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pork Chops

2 medium boneless pork chops - about 6 oz each

1 TBSP olive oil – plus additional for griddle plan

1 TBSP balsamic vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Add apple, spices, and vanilla extract to a medium sauce pan. Cover and heat over medium, stirring occasionally until apples begin to soften – 15 to 20 minutes

  2. While apples are cooking, preheat grill pan over medium heat and brush with olive oil. Pan is ready when a few drops of water splashed on pan sputter and dance.

  3. In a small bowl wisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Place pork chops on grill pan and brush with half the oil and vinegar mix. Cover with foil and let cook about 8 minutes.

  4. Flip pork chops, brush with reaming oil and vinegar, cover and let cook until no longer pink in the center, 8 – 10 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

  5. Remove pork chops from heat and let stand for 2 – 3 minutes before serving with stewed apples.

Notes:

  • Lately I’ve noticed that pork has gotten tangled up in the “red meat is bad!” hype. First I don’t necessarily believe red meat is bad. And second, pork chops are a very lean cut of meat. Yes they do have some saturated fat (so does chicken!) but overall they are a good source of low calorie protein.  

  • These stewed apples are absolutely delicious – much tastier than store bought applesauce. Make extra to add to yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal. Or just eat them on their own as an added-sugar-free desert.