Autumn is my favorite season although it doesn’t last very long up here in Minnesota. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange and there is a chill in the air.
Autumn is a great time of the year to prepare hot foods such as soup, apple crisp or baked apples, muffins and casseroles. My husband and I love to sip on hot apple cider as we sit outside in our warm sweatshirts on our front porch. In fact, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees now but there are still a few brilliant colors to admire in our neighborhood.
I was listening to my favorite song recently and was singing along when I received an inspired idea for a new way to prepare lean pork loin chops in my crock pot. I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote down the few simple ingredients as they popped into my mind. I prepared the marinate recipe and taste tested it. It was very tasty and a new recipe was created again that day! This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and great for women or men working outside the home who want a quick main meal to make in their crock pot and enjoy later. It is also great for the person who simply wants to enjoy a healthy main dish without a lot of effort or preparation time!
My husband affectionately refers to me as “Honeydew”. Perhaps this is because I leave him so many “honey do” lists of projects and chores that I would like him to complete around the house! The name Honeydews Kitchen for my blog was inspired by my love for cooking in my country kitchen and my nickname Honeydew.
I was out enjoying the beautiful autumn splendor along Mississippi River in northeastern Iowa two weekends ago. I walked down closer to the riverfront intending to get a great picture of the scenery and accidentally stepped off a concrete landing and tumbled down spraining my ankle and breaking my heel. Below is a view of the hiking trails at Pike’s Peak State Park. I enjoyed a nice hike and breathtaking views before my unfortunate fall. I am now in a splint and may need to have a cast put on my foot next week. Since I will be laid up for awhile and winter weather is quickly approaching us in Minnesota, this is a good time for me to take up a hobby such as blogging. I am very excited since this is my very first blog and I want to share my passion of writing and healthy living with my readers. I do have a small non-motorized scooter to rest my right knee on and elevate my foot while I propel myself with my left foot so I can get around quite nicely with this! It even has handlebars and a brake. Look out, here I come on my scooter!.
Due to this current situation with my foot, I am definitely planning to prepare quick and easy, yet nutritious meals. The crock pot really comes in handy at a time like this! I served the following meal recently and it was a hit with my husband! I am featuring the recipe for the Sweet and Sour Pork Loin Chops today and will include the recipes for the rest of my autumn menu in later blog posts this week.
Sweet and Sour Pork Loin Chops
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Fall Fruit Fiesta
SWEET AND SOUR LOIN CHOPS
- four 4 oz pork loin chops
- Marinate Recipe:
- 2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup Brown Sugar or 12 packets Stevia or ½ cup Splenda brown sugar substitute
- 2 TB Soy Sauce, Reduced Sodium version
- 1 cup of unsweetened Pineapple Juice
- Combine marinate ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Place pork loin chops in your crockpot. Season each chop with a dash of cumin Add marinate, Turn the crockpot on the high setting and cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
- Recipe Variation: If you would like to bake the recipe instead of using your crock pot, place chops in a baking dish, season and pour the marinate over your chops Cover your baking dish.. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. You may substitute skinless chicken breasts in place of pork chops.
- Cut each breast in half so that it is a three ounce portion. If you want to use a larger portion of chicken or pork, your crock pot cooking time and baking time will be longer.
- If you choose or need to restrict sugar or refined carbohydrates in your diet, substitute Stevia or Splenda brown sugar substitute in place of brown sugar. You may also add 1 tsp of maple flavoring extract if desired.
NOTE: The above recipe counts as 1/2 carb choices. If you use the Stevia or Splenda brown sugar substitute in place of the brown sugar, the carbohydrate content would be 2 grams per serving and count as a free food using 1 TB marinate with your pork chop .The calorie content per serving would be 101 calories.
The above recipe nutritional information for the recipe was calculated using the following link http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe
Brown rice can be either substituted for the sweet potatoes in the menu above or you can add brown rice to the menu. I prepare my brown rice in my rice cooker and this is so quick and easy. The marinate for the Sweet and Sour Pork Loin Chops is a very tasty when served on the brown rice and this way, the marinade won’t go to waste.
Brown rice is a whole grain food as well as a good source of fiber, iron and B-vitamins. If you are adjusting brown rice into a carbohydrate controlled meal plan for diabetes, 1/3 cup counts as 1 carbohydrate choice. People with diabetes or others who need to limit sugars and concentrated carbohydrates in their diet may choose to substitute the Stevia or Splenda brown sugar substitute in the recipe for the Sweet and Sour Pork Loin Chops.