Honey Apple Pork Chop

Now that I am eating meat again, I wanted to slowly introduce things into my diet I haven’t had in forever. Before turning vegetarian, I ate chicken, shrimp, fish, etc. I think the last time I had a pork chop I was a little kid, about 10 or 12.

I’m not sure why. My mom always made them for my dad when I was growing up. He just loves them breaded. They always smell really good too! Plus it is “the other white meat” so it’s good for you!

“Pork chops and applesauce”, It’s one of the oldest combinations of food. I always think of the Brady Bunch! So I did my own clean spin on it instead of the fried greasy version!

For this recipe you will need: 
-1 organic lean pork chop (4-5 ounces), fat trimmed
-1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, diced
-2 Tablespoons of natural honey
-2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
-1/2 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Peel, core, and chop your apple and add to a pan on medium heat

They will soften up in no time!

They will soften up in no time!

Within 5 minutes you have this

Yum!

Yum!

Add the honey and apple cider vinegar, mix well

Apple topping almost done!

Apple topping almost done!

While this is finishing, bring another pan to high heat.  Pour a teeny bit of olive oil on the pork chop and coat evenly. Place on the pan and listen to the sizzle!

Cook for 2 minutes to get a sear

Cook for 2 minutes to get a sear

After two minutes flip

And sear the other side for another 2 minutes

And sear the other side for another 2 minutes

Your apples should be done by now, this is how it’ll look

Caramelized Apples!

Caramelized Apples!

Place the pork on a tray with tinfoil (I make a little tinfoil boat for juices, and spray with a little olive oil spray), top with the apples

I only used half of the apple mixture

I only used half of the apple mixture

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until evenly cooked (my oven is brand new so it heats pretty fast)

Take out and you have this!

Beautiful pork chop!

Beautiful pork chop!

I served it up with a side of green beans 🙂

Honey Apple Pork Tenderloin with fresh green beans!

Honey Apple Pork Tenderloin with fresh green beans!

Juicy and Delicious. Cooked perfectly!

Juicy and Delicious. Cooked perfectly!

I forgot how good pork is! Now I know what Michael Symon keeps talking about (regular viewers of ABC’s The Chew, know that Chef Michael Symon loves pork!)

This pork has 270 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 38.1 grams of carbohydrates, and 29.2 grams of protein! 

Protein packed for sure! This is a really good recovery meal after the gym. The carbs are mostly from the apple, but honey has carbs as well. Your body needs carbs! Don’t be fooled 🙂

I think I will be making this again this week after a long day of work. I saved some of the apple honey mixture.

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. This is delicious! Hubby and I love it. I’ve made it a few times…usually with a side of snow peas and carrots. Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. My apples didn’t really carmalize. Any suggestions?

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