Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Today I started tracking my calories.  That’s right – every single thing I eat or drink.  I need to watch my portion sizes, and I need to start making some better choices (no more soda or snacking from the candy dish!) and I know that tracking works for me.  It makes me more conscious of what I eat, and more importantly, why.  Am I bored?  Do I need a quick sugar rush at 3pm to keep me going through the workday?  And if that’s the case, can I make a better choice than the fun size Snickers bar in the candy dish on my desk?  I’m betting the answer is yes.

That being said, I don’t want to stop eating -or cooking- what I love.   So my goal now is to continue to find yummy, beautiful recipes that use local, seasonal food – and be healthy.  I still want to put cheese on my pasta, and butter on my bread, darn it!  I just have to be smarter about how I do it.

Challenge accepted!

Now, as much as I love a good steak, I know that I need to cut back on red meat.  So for dinner tonight, I decided to do something with the boneless pork chops in my fridge.  And what goes better with pork chops than apples!  Espesially this time of year when there are fresh apples everywhere!  It turned out to be a great dish – tasty and pretty healthy.  A good start, I think!

I’ll admit, I did have a little bit of the leftover mashed potatoes I made a couple days ago, but I balanced that out with some steamed green beans.  (Plus the green on the plate made it look better!)

If you have any tips for making recipes healthier, please share!  And in the meantime, here’s the recipe I made tonight.  Enjoy!!

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 2 medium apples, sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock (low sodium)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried sage, about 1/2 teaspoon

Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.  Sear the boneless chops on both sides with a little olive oil.  Remove the chops from pan (they’ll get added back later).

Turn the heat down to low.  Give the pan a minute to cool off and add olive oil.  Add onions, salt, pepper and sage and saute until the onions are transulcent.

Add apples and chicken stock and turn up to medium heat.  Add the pork chops back into the pan.  Cook on medium/medium high heat until the sauce is reduced and the chops are cooked through.  Once that’s done, eat and enjoy!!

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