Not Your Average Pork Chop
There is no question that Catherine Belme is a Culinary Ninja and this video is proof! She joins me to make a Paleo version of a dish I used to make at The Kincaid Grill in Anchorage, AK. Our chops were twice as thick and we served it with buttered black pepper spaetzle, but I’d argue that the Paleo preparation is as tasty and filling.
If you’re looking for a fancier preparation to impress your date, this could be it. Or, you could approach this as weekly prep, make a big batch of cabbage, apples and onions and sear off a handful of chops to fuel your fitness for the week. As always, be creative, get radical, and have fun!
I’m all about turning Cheechakos into Sourdoughs in the kitchen. If you don’t enjoy cooking, but want to, then follow along and I’ll show you the ropes. Simple dishes like this one are a good place to start as you learn techinques like:
It’s all about mastering the simple stuff. Don’t lose heart, work hard, and have fun.
“Keep It Paleo!”
Pan Seared Pork Chops with Balsamic Braised Cabbage, Apples and Onions
Balsamic Braised Cabbage
“Keep It Paleo!”
We have two thick cut pork chops. Each of these weigh about 6oz each before cooking. After cooking they weigh about 10oz together. With one block equaling 1oz, we therefore have 5 blocks from each pork chops.
We get our carbs from our onion and our apples. One onion gives us about 2 cups total and with 2/3 of a cup equaling one block we get 3 blocks from onions. Additionally we have 2 apples and with ½ apple equaling one block, we therefore have 4 blocks for a total of 7 carb blocks.
Our fats will come from our olive oil, but since we don’t have an exact measurement, keep track of how much you are using. We know that 1/3 of a teaspoon equals one block, and there are 9 blocks in one tablespoon.
We can break this down into two 5-block protein meals with 3.5 carbs per meal. The fats will be based on how much oil you use to cook this in. Since the carbs are just a little shy, add the balsamic Braised Red Cabbage (see recipe), and divide by two to bring the carb count up.
Breakdown for Braised Cabbage:
We have one protein block from our bacon. Three slices of bacon equal one block.
We are using ½ head of cabbage. This gives us about 4 cups worth. With 1 1/3 of a cup equaling one block, then we end up with 3 blocks from the cabbage. Additionally we get 2 blocks from the onion.
There are no added fats to this recipe
This is a great recipe to add to a protein intensive recipe to bring up a carb count.