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Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

As requested, I’m sharing this fabulous recipe for Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce. It’s already been pinned a couple times on Pinterest, so I figured I better get the recipe up soon!

I was searching through Pinterest for recipes for pork chops and I happened to have an avocado in the fridge that I forgot to use on taco night. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! A healthy recipe too? It was my lucky day!

I found this fantastic recipe from taylor made by taylor bee. Check out her site for the full recipe. I was missing some of the ingredients and made some substitutions but they still turned out great!

Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

Ingredients

Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp jalapeño powder (the recipe called for chili powder but I didn’t have any and happened to find jalapeño powder in my spice-addict husband’s stash)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

Avocado Lime Sauce
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp lime juice (maybe less, I just squirted my little faux lime into the bowl until I thought I had enough)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1) Combine the cayenne, jalapeño powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub over both sides of pork chops.
2) Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Plate and tent with foil for 5-10 minutes before serving.
3) In a bowl, mash 1 avocado with a fork. Add in the yogurt and lime juice. combine ingredients and slowly whisk in almond milk until desired consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4) Plate pork chops on a ed of rice and peas and top with avocado cream sauce.

That’s it! I didn’t find them too spicy, so I might add a bit more jalapeño powder next time – maybe the chili powder is a little hotter – anyone know??

The sauce is to die for and helps tone it down if you do decide to add more spice. Remember, the capsaicin from hot peppers boosts metabolism by heating up the body and causing it to burn more calories. Anything that boosts my metabolism sounds good to me!

What do you think? Are you going to give this easy and super tasty recipe a try?

Healthy Meal Planning for the Cabin

The cabin is usually my sabotage for healthy eating. Something about that place makes me want to pretend calories don’t exist and turn my head to the obscene amounts of unhealthy choices I make.

This time I am going to be prepared!

I entered two diet bets and can’t afford almost a week of setbacks. Want to join in? http://bit.ly/11h3A74.  It’s over on the 3rd so we can overindulge on the forth (and start all over again!).

It’s going to be hard, but I’m committed! I started looking through some of my old Weight Watchers cookbooks Best Eats and Sensibly Tasty Deliciously Easy and outlined a meal plan and shopping list.

This goes against all my thrifty, couponing training but, regardless of price (within reason), I’m going to shop for this trip.my health goals are much more important at this point. I’ve also found many recipes with ingredients in common so they’ll do double duty.

Without further ado, on to the plan! Keep in mind that this is an outline – I plan to utilize each recipe but times and days may change.

Thursday

Lunch – this one is up in the air because we’ll be driving up after Baby Gymnastics -I’m thinking sandwich or salad

Dinner – Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Friday

Breakfast – Egg Florentine

Lunch – Ham Sandwich with Edemame Spread and Black and White Bean Salad

Dinner – Grilled Flank Steak with Potato and Pepper Packets

Saturday

Breakfast – Breakfast Pizza with Turkey Sausage

Lunch – Steak Salad

Dinner – Orange Beef with Noodles


Sunday

Breakfast – Bacon, Egg, Hashbrown Stackers

Lunch – Curry Chicken Salad

Dinner – Grilled Pizza with Chicken Sausage, Sweet Peppers, and Onions


Monday

Breakfast – Oatmeal

Lunch – Frozen Pizza Snacker with fruit

Dinner – Stir Fry

And an alternate – because it looks/sounds so good.

This is just a general idea. I’m not going to feel so stuck that I can’t deviate from this plan. I know things will change as we have boat days, raining day, etc. We can always grill chicken breasts or grab some yummy Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup if there is a rainy day. At least I feel like I have a plan and some ideas. Next, I need to figure out some healthy snacks, but there’s always fruit or veggies.

Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

You might be asking yourself, “why on earth is her picture of a partially eaten pan of food?”

The answer is: because this dish is so good I couldn’t stop everyone from digging in before I could get a picture!

This recipe is out of an old church cookbook we have. It is phenomenal!

We started by cubing some cooked chicken we had in the freezer and quartering the artichokes.

We didn’t have any Cream of Chicken soup so we made our own – it was so easy! I got the general idea from A Pinch of Yum, but we didn’t quite follow the same process. It was so easy to make, though, and worked great.

After adding all the ingredients to the sauce we spread it over the top.

Then came a layer of cheese. It called for cheddar, but we had Colby Jack on hand.

The last step before the oven was to spread the breadcrumbs and butter over the top. The recipe didn’t specify how much butter so we just used about two tablespoons.

It tastes like it would take some time and a lot of work, but it is so easy!

While our dinner was cooking, I headed out for a run and came back to this… 🙂

They knew I was taking pictures to share, but couldn’t wait until I returned to dig in. How’s that for a good review! Seriously. You wouldn’t wait either!