Monday, January 10, 2011

Winner, Winner, Pork chop Dinner...

I figured 4 good years of marriage was as good of an excuse as any to break the taco/spaghetti/pizza mold, so I consulted the experts. I found an intriguing recipe from trusty Cooking Light and I was so pleased! It was good, it was pretty and it was EASY! It's a spiced pork chop with mango-mint salsa and Dave and I both gave it a thumbs up.

Cooking Light April 2007

3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups finely chopped peeled mango
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over pork.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done.

Combine mango, mint, lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar, and red pepper in a medium bowl. Serve with pork.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1/3 cup salsa)

The mango and mint may sound random but it was perfect with the pork! I served it with sweet potatoes that I diced and mixed with a tiny bit of olive oil, rosemary, and salt and pepper and then fresh green beans. Outside of the potatoes which take about 45 minutes to cook the preparation and cooking of the meal took about 20 minutes! It's a winner and will be on the table again at the Mendenhall house. Enjoy! ( added bonus is that it is really low in calories. My entire plate was about 425 calories...happy new year's resolution!)


Lauren said...

YUMMMM!!! That sounds delish! Not sure if I can talk Hubby into the mango/mint salso, but it might be worth a try!

KatiePerk said...

This sounds good. Thanks for sharing! I love most of Cooking light's recipes!

Tiny's Treats said...

This looks really yummy and I love the freshness of the salsa...will add this one to my weeknight to do list. Thanks for sharing.

Annie said...

this sounds so good!! i love porkchops! must try this asap!!
thanks for sharing ;)

Mrs. Pick said...

Looks delish! I love Cooking Light recipes. They are always so easy!

Liz said...

Y-U-M!! Will def be trying this. Another good roasted sweet potato recipe... just get the lipton onion soup mix box and use the recipe on the back of the box! So good.

Jamie Pickle said...

Looks delish.

Jessica said...

We frequently have pork chops in our house, so good!

Court, Dave, and Sully said...

Niiiice work!! Dave is not a huge "mint" guy so minus that, I think it would be a hit!!

Newlywed Hostess said...

I will have to try that because my husband ADORES mangoes!

Mrs. Adventure said...

Everyone keeps talking about recipes from cooking light I feel like I'm missing something :+(

That mango salsa looks awesome btw.

Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates said...

Looks like asuch a fun meal! Would love to know how it is! :) xoxo

Natalie Catherine said...

WOW. looks delicious!! thanks for linking up to the new blog link up party over at THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA.COM!!

Jumping Jack said...

That looks awesome! I may have to add that to my rotation. We're always looking for something new to try.

I'm now following from Natalie's blog. I look forward to reading more. I'm in TX too!

Valerie said...

This looks incredible! I get cooking light magazine and I'm always amazed at how easy and delicious the recipes turn out. Hope you had a great anniversary!