Under500CalGuide_BarAs the end of January is in sight, those resolutions may or may not have stuck. But regardless of ‘beginning of the year promises’, healthy eating is always in vogue! Getting back on track is just one meal away!

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I have found that eating a balanced diet peppered with bold flavors, spices and variety helps me to stay on a healthier eating path. When you satisfy your palette with flavor, you are inclined to eat less and make better choices… curving cravings for salty and fatty junk food. For this reason, I wanted to share a healthy Ready Grill recipe with you: Maple Glazed Pork Chops with Grilled Apples.

Maple Glazed Pork Chops with Grilled Apples

Prep: 15 minutes   Marinate: 30 minutes   Cook: 22-26 minutes   Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4  1-¼ inch thick pork chops 4 oz.
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3 -tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1-tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 -tablespoons butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large red cooking apple- brae burn or similar variety of apple

Directions

  1. pork&apples1Combine maple syrup, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, cayenne pepper and olive oil in mixing bowl. Whisk to combine ingredients
  2. Place pork chops in shallow pan or bowl. Pour ¾ of the maple Syrup mixture over pork chops to marinate for 30 minutes in refrigerator- set aside extra maple syrup sauce for serving
  3. pork&apples5Core, peel and slice apple into ¼ in ring slices
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, brush apples with butter add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. After marinating pork for 30 minutes, remove from marinade, salt and pepper pork to taste and place onto Ready Grill insert as shown.
  6. Grill pork and apples in Ready Grill for 22-26 minutes
  7. pork&apples3While pork is cooking, pour reserved maple syrup mixture into pan. Let mixture come to boil. Add slices and drizzle with maple syrup reduction sauce. Lower heat to medium low and cook for 3 minutes to thicken and reduce, stir in rest of melted butter. Serve pork chops topped with grilled apples & pepper to taste

Each serving of one chop and one apple comes in at about 350 calories– serve with ½ cup of brown rice for a healthy and tasty meal under 500 calories.

Enjoy!

Chef Paja-Dejur Sanchez