Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Carrots and Apples

I love my Crock Pot and use it often. Even if I'm at home for the day, I love the aroma wafting though the house and knowing that all I have to do is lift the lid from the slow cooker and dinner is ready. This recipe in particular smells wonderful while it's cooking and it's so easy to throw together. The combination of pork and apples is a classic and by cooking them in a crock pot, the pork chops turn out moist and tender. To reduce some carbs, I recommend using a green Granny Smith apple, instead of a higher sugar variety. With a side of probiotic-rich homemade sauerkraut, this is a comforting and healing meal.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Carrots and Apples
Makes 2-4 servings, depending on the size of your pork chops

1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 large, thick, center cut, boneless pork chops (organic or antibiotic free)
1 large onion, sliced
2 cups carrots, thickly sliced (I use multi-colored carrots)
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into slices and sprinkled with lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teas dried)
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (or 2 teas dried)
Salt and pepper

1. In a heavy skillet, heat the oil on medium-high. Season the chops with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.

2. In the crock pot, add the sliced onion and carrots and season with a little salt and pepper. Place the pork chops on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with the chopped herbs.

Top vegetables with browned pork chops.

3.  Spread the sliced apples on top of the pork and put the lid on the Crock Pot. Set the slow cooker to high (or 350-degrees Fahrenheit) and cook for 3 hours. Test meat and, if it's tender and the internal temperature is at least 165-degrees, turn off slow cooker.  If additional cooking is needed, continue cooking covered for another 30 minutes.  Serve pork with vegetables and spoon any sauce over the chops for added flavor.

Scatter apple slices over all before cooking.

Nutritional Information per serving (with 1/2 cup vegetables): 341 calories, 24 g carbohydrate (4 g dietary fiber, 16.2 g sugars), 16.2 g total fat (6.1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 31.7 mg calcium, 228 mg potassium, 24.2 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 20 grams

Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2016
All rights reserved. Do not replicate without written permission.

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