Hi guys! How are you? I’ve been sick for about a week—I think I caught a cold the first day of class. I’m off to a good start. 🙂 I’m finally starting to feel better, though!
I went on a plant hunt this week. I think I mentioned on the blog earlier this summer that I plant-sat one of my friend’s houseplants this summer while she was out of town. Unfortunately, I rarely watered the plants never got around to cultivating my green thumb.
Poor guy. He didn’t stand a chance with me! I channeled my inner scientist and brought a sample of the shriveled leaves to the plant nursery to show the employees.
I felt pretty hard-core whipping out my plastic bag at the store, and it actually turned out to be really helpful. The employee was able to identify the plant and I bought a very cute replacement!
Oh plants. I nixed my original plan of a plant-based meal and delved into the world of another p-word for dinner—pork! I always forget about the other white meat, but I picked up a few pork chops when they were on mega sale this week. I had the basic idea to make grilled pork chops with apples, and after investigating a few recipes a la Google, I threw this dish together using ingredients I had on hand.
Amazing. This was hands-down one of the best dinners I’ve ever prepared. I loved the mingling flavors of grilled apples and honey with the pork. Pork is back in my meal rotation!
Grilled Pork Chops with Apples
Total Time: 30 minutes
2 boneless pork chops (5-6 ounces each)
Dash each of salt, black pepper, and cinnamon
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
salt to taste
- Preheat grill and spray with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil mist.
- Whisk together honey, mustard, red onion, thyme, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Set aside.
- Grill apples until softened, about 6 minutes. Turn over half-way through cooking.
- Remove apples from grill and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add to honey mixture.
- Season pork chops with dashes of salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
- Spray grill with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil and place chops on grill.
- Grill pork chops for 5-6 minutes per side, remove from grill, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Cover pork chop with apple and honey mixture and serve.
The apples were phenomenal. I can’t wait to grill another apple and smother it in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and fall goodness. 🙂
I served my pork with curried rice, which is very easy to make at home–I simply boiled 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth, added 1/2 cup of dry jasmine rice, and covered the pot before reducing the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. I mixed about 1/2 a teaspoon of curry powder into the cooked rice and voila! Two servings of kicked-up rice.
Have a great day! I’m taking my friend Lindsay for her very first PSL (pumpkin spice latte) ever today after class. So excited to initiate her into the pumpkin fan club!