Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Balsamic Pork Chops, Roasted Asparagus and Sauteed Spinach


Yes, another healthy meal, what can I say? Turned out great, and it took less than 20 minutes. Potatoes on the photo are left-overs, recipe on earlier post. I also made 12 fruit smoothies (not shown...obviously) to place in the freezer for future consumption...yum. They included bananas, strawberries and pineapple, shot of V-8 Splash and ice. One way to get your fruits and veggies in...drink them.

Recipe for pork chops and asparagus came from Weight Watchers 5 Ingredient 15 minute Cookbook, recipe for spinach came from the good ole internet after Google searched "Baby Spinach Recipes", after having some left-over baby spinach and could not eat one more spinach salad. In case you haven't noticed, I hate to waste anything.

O.k., here we go with your recipes, hope you enjoy.

Balsamic Pork Chops
4 (4-oz.) boneless center-cut pork loin chops (1/2" thick)
1 tsp salt-free lemon-herb seasoning (I used sf garlic-herb seasoning instead)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
Cooking spray

1. Trim fat from chops. Sprinkle chops evenly on both sides with seasoning. Coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chops, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Removed chops from skillet and keep warm.

2. Wipe drippings from skillet with a paper towel. Combine vinegar and broth in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced to a thin sauce (about 5 to 6 minutes), stirring occasionally (don't cook too long, it will get too thick...trust me). Spoon sauce over chops.

Yield: 4 servings. Calories 210; Carbs .9 g; Fat 11.4g (sat 3.8g); Fiber .1g; Protein 24.3g; Sodium 178m. WW Points: 5

Roasted Asparagus
Asparagus
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray

1. Preheat over to 450 degrees.

2. Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Arrange asparagus in a single layer in a jelly roll pan (I used a cookie sheet...it survived). Coat asparagus with cooking spray and bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until tender.

Yield 4 servings. Calories 18; Carbs 2.9g; Fat .5g; Fiber 1.3g; Protein 1.5g. WW Points: Big Fat 0 - Love that!

For the Sauteed Spinach recipe, you can go to this link: http://herbsspices.about.com/od/salads/r/Garlic_Spinach.htm

Hope you enjoy.


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