Making food healthy is one thing. Making it healthy and delicious is another. Pork has been a challenge for me because I wasn’t bought up eating it and haven’t a clue for the most part on how to cook it. This recipe definitely was successful for me and I’m feeling a little more confident with pork steaks now!

Healthy Cooking had a recipe for Pork with Ginger Maple Sauce that sounded like it would be good and the photo pulled me in. I have maple syrup on hand all the time as my cousin makes it every year and I always get a gallon from them! All I did not have on hand for this recipe was the fresh ginger – but this time I made sure to buy some as I really wanted to try this with fresh ginger!

The pork took on a nice color with the dry rub as it seared in the pan. Once the chicken broth and maple syrup was poured into the mixture the house took on an even nicer aroma! Grumpy and I both liked the flavor of the steak – but the tenderness is what pulled me in the most. It was far from a tough meal and I was pretty darn proud! I did get a look when I said we had to have it with rice (you can’t have that sweet sauce with potatoes….can you?!)? But I promised him potatoes with his venison roast he was getting later in the week :o)

Pork Chops with Ginger Maple Sauce
Healthy Cooking, Oct/Nov 2008

1 medium onion , chopped
4 taspoons canola oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 bone in pork loin chops (6 oz each)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups hot cooked rice

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, cook onion in a 2 teaspoons oil until golden brown and very tender, aboutu 10 minutes. Add ginger; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, combine the chili power, salt pepper, and cinnamon; rub over both sides of pork chops. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chops in remaining oil for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Add the broth, syrup and onion mixture. Brint to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until meat is tender. Remove ch ops and keep warm. Bring broth mixture to a boil; cook uncovered, until liquid is thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup. Serve chops with rice and sauce.

1 pork chop with 1/2 cup rice and 2 tablespoons sauce equals:

393 calories, 12grams fat, 431 mg sodium, 2 grams fiber
WW Points: 8
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Oh, and Grumpy now has a new flavor laffy taffy – banana. Grrr. I told him to leave some of those bananas for me! ;o)