Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Light and Healthy: Pork Chops with Pears

Good Tuesday morning! I hope everyone is having a good start today! When I woke up this morning it was really cold and for some reason pork chops popped into my head! So I rushed over to my computer to sift through my cookbook and see what I could share with you!

Now, most people think that pork is bad for you, and I am here to say....your right! BUT.....pork is only bad for you in LARGE portions! One pork chop once a month is not going to kill you!

So be guilt free with this recipe! :)

Pork Chops with Pears and Ginger
Grocery List:
4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 teaspoons canola oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup dry white wine (optional, you can also use more chicken broth)
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 firm, ripe pear, such as Bosc or Anjou, peeled, cored and cut lengthwise into eighths
(if you have to use canned, that's just fine too!)

1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
6 scallions, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch lengths
2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water

How to make it:
1.) Season pork with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add pork and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
Pour off fat from the pan.
2.) Add vinegar and sugar to the pan; stir to dissolve the sugar.
Cook over medium-high heat until the syrup turns dark amber, 10 to 20 seconds.
Pour in wine (stand back, as the caramel may sputter) and bring to a simmer, stirring.
Add broth, pears and ginger; bring to a simmer.
Cook, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Add scallions and cook until the pears are tender, about 2 minutes more.
Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until lightly thickened.
Reduce heat to low and return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan; turn to coat with the sauce.

**If you dont like pears, or if they aren't in season, try swapping a gala apple instead!

Nutritional Information:
248 Calories
10g fat
1g fiber
6 points

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