Tender pork chops are covered with apple cider sauce to make an elegant meal that is on the table in thirty minutes!
Okay, so you might not have been able to tell from the Stretchy Pants beast of a Black Magic Cake shared last week but I’m totally doing Whole 30 right now. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this challenge, you basically eat meat and vegetables with a bit of fruit for 30 days.
That means no gluten, no dairy, no sugar (no fun)!
The whole point is to cleanse your system and my specific goal is to kick my sugar habit (I made that cake in September, knowing that I would not be able to resist if I made it during these 30 days).
It is a cruel fate that led me to accepting said challenge the same month I returned to work after maternity leave. All last week (my first back at work) there was pizza, cheese puffs, and an ENTIRE FALL FESTIVAL (caramel apples, apple cider donuts, popcorn!) that taunted me with their forbidden fruits.
Warren even made Cake Batter Truffles for a bake sale at his work while I looked on from afar, yearning. Evil man.
All I wanted to do was eat my feelings. Is that too much to ask?
And then my coworker told me about a brand new pizza joint that has her obsessed and since she knew my love of pizza is comparable to the love I now feel for my child, she figured we should go there to welcome me back.
But the point is that I didn’t. No, I ate my sad kale salad while watching my compatriots down slice after slice of pizza.
But then I went home and made these ridiculously tasty Apple Cider Pork Chops. Sure, they aren’t pizza, but they hold their own. Plus, they’re on the table in thirty minutes. I highly, highly recommend!
Have you ever done Whole 30? How did you fare?
- Olive oil
- kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
- 4 boneless pork loin chops*, 1 inch thick
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 2 gala apples, sliced
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup pure apple cider**
- Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick pan over high heat. Salt and pepper pork chops. Cook meat in a hot pan, turning ever 45 seconds or so to form a brown crust. Cook for about 6-7 minutes and remove to a plate and cover with foil. Let meat rest for 10 minutes while you cook the apples and onions.
- Put a little more olive oil in the pan if needed (or ghee--or butter, if not Whole 30). Saute apples and onions until onions soften, about 3 minutes. Add dried herbs, garlic powder, and cider. You will probably want to add a bit more salt and pepper as well. Bring to a boil and let cider reduce, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add chops back to pan and turn to coat each side with cider sauce and remove pan from heat.
- Serve with sauteed kale and your favorite starch!***
**Fruit juices are frowned upon on strict Whole 30 but since I used pure (no sugar added) apple cider as a flavoring agent I rationalized it 🙂 If you're doing strict Whole 30, feel free to substitute the cider with gluten free chicken stock!
***I used a cubed sweet potato.