Sunday, August 7, 2011

Recipe: Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa and Spicy and Sweet Potatoes

Okay, I know this isn't the greatest picture.  But it looked much better in person and it tasted great.

Thanks to for the recipe idea.
A link to the recipe here.

4 thin boneless pork chops (the ones I got were about an inch thick so I sliced them in half)
1.5 cups chopped pineapple (I used fresh because it was on sale...but you could use canned.)
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped or grated
2 cloves of garlic
juice of 1 lime
Olive Oil

Heat about two teaspoons olive oil in small pan over medium-high heat. Add pepper, garlic and ginger. Saute until soft and fragrant...about three minutes or so?? Toss in the pineapple and lime juice. Heat until boiling. Then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Brush pork chops with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook in grill pan over high heat until cooked through. I'm not good gauging cook times...maybe about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.

Spicy Sweet Potatoes -- I LOVED this recipe.
2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1.5 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
little bit of salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 425. Toss potato cubes with olive oil and seasonings. Spread in baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.
I served this with an arugula salad. It was AWESOME!

Cost breakdown:
1/2 a pineapple: $1.25
Pork Chops: $2.88
Lime: .34
Arugula: 1.10
Sweet Potatoes: $2.00
Olive Oil: .30
Spices, Jalapeno, Garlic, Ginger: .25 estimated

Total cost: $8.12
Cost per serving: $2.03

Taste:  7/10
Effort v. Payoff:  5/5
kid-friendliness:  2/3
Health bonus points: 2/3
Star rating:  Four Stars ****

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