One of the questions I get most frequently isn’t how to eat…it’s how to find time to cook and not lose your mind.
I don’t have great answers for that, but I’ve got some go-to’s that get me through when it’s one of those weeks. The Crock Pot makes my life happier for sure. I sometimes have late mornings (but I’m an early riser) and late nights, so I often put something on when I get up, let it work its magic, and voila! Dinner is ready to simply reheat when I’m ready. Most crock pots now have timers, which is great, but keeping something on “warm” for hours pretty much guarantees very dried or burned food. So my system works for me.
Come fall, I’m ready for my food to change a little. I want something with “Fall Spices” (you know, the cinnamon, nutmeg, etc variety) I invented this recipe years ago, but as I’ve become more aware of the food choices I make, I’ve had to make some shifts. I set out to make my adapted version this morning, but apparently hadn’t given too much thought to how many calories and how much sugar I was eating. So it was time for another revamp.
As a personal trainer, I harp on the need for people to eat more protein, because most people (and women are the worst offenders by far!) don’t eat nearly enough. This is one of the recipes that helps me meet my quota. Is it as healthy as just a grilled pork chop? No, but those always wind up tasting like shoe leather to me. This I can eat, because the applesauce keeps the pork chops moist. Besides, I consider the sauce more of a “marinade” of sorts, since I eat very little of it.
Note: The pic has brown sugar, which yes… lots of yes. But I decided against it last minute in effort to keep this as healthy as I could.
- 2 lbs thick, bone-in pork chops
- 1/2 cup applesauce (I like the cinnamon kind, but whatever floats your boat)
- 1/3 cup- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I go for Sweet Baby Rays because it’s Gluten Free. Full disclosure, I made do with 1/3 cup today, but more sauce is definitely mo’ bettah! Just keep in mind, it’s 70 calories for 2 Tablespoons!)
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic (LOVE garlic– and it helps boost immunity!)
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Cinnamon to taste (I used 1 teaspoon but I like the taste of cinnamon… besides, it aids in lowering blood sugar levels.)
Plop it all in there. You know the drill. 4-6 on low (recommended…but check them if you can. They should fall apart when you “fork” them. Don’t overdo. Yuck!) or 2-3 on high.
These may not be your thing if you have traditional tastes. But, if you don’t mind new and unexpected… worth a whirl!
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