With advanced farming techniques and the efforts of modern pork producers, today's pork chops are no longer fat-laden and unhealthy. Most lean pork chops are similar in fat content to a skinless chicken breast. In addition, pork provides plenty of important minerals and vitamins, including potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and certain B vitamins. Combined with whole grains and vegetables or fruit, pork chops are easily incorporated into a healthy meal plan.
Make a one-skillet meat with pork chops and a variety of vegetables. Saute the chops in a heavy skillet, then add chicken, beef or vegetable broth, vegetables such as celery, carrots, turnips and potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in a couple of tablespoons creamy bacon and onion dressing when the dish is cooked. Pair the one-skillet meal with whole-grain bread or rolls. For dessert, serve carrot cake or a spicy, apple cake.
Grilled Pork Chop Dinner
Grill the pork chops on an indoor or outdoor grill. For added flavor, brush the chops with barbecue sauce at least two or three times during the cooking process. Serve the grilled pork chops with a tangy mixed bean salad made from canned beans, vinegar, sliced onion and a bit of sugar. Make a simple coleslaw from packaged, shredded cabbage and bottled dressing. Applesauce makes an easy, light dessert and goes well with pork chops.
Cranberry Pork Chops
Brown the pork chops in a heavy skillet, then add fresh cranberries, chicken broth, and a small amount of wine vinegar and sugar. Serve the cranberry pork chops with a lightly steamed vegetable such as broccoli or asparagus tossed with creamy balsamic dressing, along with boiled red potatoes flavored with a bit of melted butter and rosemary. Finish the meal with a ready-to-eat cheesecake from your supermarket.
Pork Chops and Rice
Cook the pork chops in a heavy skillet. Remove the meat from the pan, then add your choice of frozen, mixed vegetables. Stir in uncooked rice and a can of cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup mixed with three or four tablespoons of creamy peppercorn ranch dressing and cook until the rice is tender. Serve the dish with a tossed, green salad and hot, crusty rolls. Ice cream with fresh fruit topping finishes the meal.
Remove pork from the bone then cut it into chunks to make a flavorful stir-fry. Add typical stir-fry vegetables such as pea pods, celery, water chestnuts and shredded carrots. When the meat is done and the vegetables are tender, stir in a bottled sweet and sour sauce, or make your own sauce with orange juice, soy sauce, honey and ginger thickened with a bit of cornstarch. Serve the stir-fry with a bag of prepared fresh greens combined with chopped radishes or cherry tomatoes and sliced, purple onions topped with creamy dressing. Rice and baby peas make a filling side dish. For dessert, serve homemade or ready-made oatmeal cookies.
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