On the Menu Tonight: Asian-Seared Pork Chops

Eating healthier doesn’t always mean eating bland food. Using spices can really liven a dish. I’m a Team Beachbody Club Member, so I have access to the really cool meal planner they offer. I love it. It has so many awesome dinner ideas, lunches, and even snacks! You get all the calorie and nutritional content, and the system factors each of your meals into your weight loss or weight gaining goals.

Today was the first day I started using the meal planner and for dinner was Asian-Seared Pork Chops. The chops were cooked perfectly, still juicy and tender and the sauce was nice and tangy. It was so simple but so complex in flavor. I’d like to share the recipe with you so you can enjoy and feel good too. Here goes..

Asian Seared Pork Chop
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces pork sirloin chops, lean, boneless
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chicken broth, fat-free, low-sodium
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
1 1/2 teaspoons white rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger, fresh, chopped

Preparation
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Sprinkle both sides of pork with pepper. In a small bowl whisk together broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic and ginger; set aside.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork; sauté until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer pork to a plate, cover and keep warm. Add soy sauce mixture to empty skillet; simmer to blend flavors and thicken, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve sauce over pork.

I had the option of either mashed sweet potatoes or broccoli for a side, and I chose broccoli. But I’ll put both recipes here so you can choose for yourself!

Broccoli
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes or less

Ingredients
4 broccoli spears, raw
1/2 teaspoon spread, buttery, low-fat

Preparation
Steam broccoli on stove or in microwave until crisp tender. Top with melted spread.

Baked Sweet Potato
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Total Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
1 sweet potato, raw
1 tablespoon spread, buttery, low-fat

Preparation
Bake potato in preheated 375° oven until tender. Top with spread.

If you’re on a dense caloric diet, you should probably make both sides.

Here’s the nutrition information for all three dishes combined:

Calories 450
Calories from Fat 130
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 3.5 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 550 mg
Total Carbohydrate 51 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Sugars 22 g
Protein 33 g
Vitamin A 470%
Vitamin C 360%
Calcium 15%
Iron 20%

This was a dish my husband and I loved and definitely will make again! Tomorrow is another delicious dish on the meal planner! Check back and see what I make!

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