Pork Chops With Pizza Sauce

Mimi's Fit Foods

Happy New Year!!  2013 is actually here and I’m excited for what this new year has to offer me and my family!  How about you?

One thing I know will be coming this year is an updated blog design (to go with the new and improved logo!).  I’m hoping to make it easier to read and a little bit more functional.  So, get ready to explore that transition with me!

Until then, we’ll keep up with the new recipes and let’s all commit (or re-commit) to live a healthy and full life while eating food that is not only good for us, but tasty too!  Our house started the New Year with this delicious pork chop recipe.  We don’t have pork all that often in our house, but we do like to have it occasionally for a little change.  We loved how this turned out.  It was so full of Italian flavors and was as far from bland as possible!  It is simple to throw together and allows enough time to boil noodles while the pork cooks completely through.  I loved the tender, almost caramelized onions that went with the dish.  Seriously soooo good with the pork!

I hope you can enjoy this like we did!  Happy New Year!!

Pork Chops With Pizza Sauce
Adapted from Taste of Homes “Everyday Light Meals”

4 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
4 teaspoons dried basil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
4 loin pork chops (3 ounces each), fat trimmed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minces
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 1 /3 cups hot cooked whole-wheat noodles

In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons basil, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper.  Sprinkle over both sides of chops.  In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork on both sides in 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat; remove from skillet and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium low and in the same skillet, at remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil, sauté onions and garlic until tender (11-15 minutes).  Add the tomato sauce, water and the remaining oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Return pork to the skillet.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.  (Meanwhile, boil/cook your noodles.)  Serve with hot noodles.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving = 1 chop, 3/4 cup sauce, & 1/3 cu
p noodles)
Protein:  30.5g
Cabs:  24.5g
Fat:  9.7g (2.5g = Sat.)
Fiber:  4.4g
Sugars:  5.9g

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