It’s never been easier to create a delicious meal no matter what meal plan you’re following. I did the Whole30 program — or as I call it — Whole29.5 with my friend Deanna Reed-Foster whom some of you might know from Chicago Fire. You can read all about what we did to lose weight and feel better. One of our favorite recipes: pork chops smothered in onions and crispy bacon — yes, you read that right, served on a bed of Smashed Garlic Cauliflower. It’s one of the best dishes I’ve had in a long while. As a side, this no-peel 4-minute homemade applesauce is perfect.
I make these pork chops on the stove and use a large skillet. For those doing Whole30, make sure to get a sugar-free bacon. The Instant Pot recipe is also included below.
And here’s a side that just works perfectly. Homemade Applesauce. Best part? NO Peeling and it’s ready in 4 Minutes.
And of course, as my mother, Bernice would say — (now memorialized) on her collection of mugs:Print
Whole30/Paleo Smothered Pork Chops & Crispy Bacon
4 medium bone-in pork chops — I like bone-in for more flavor but you can use boneless
4 slices of bacon
1 medium onion, sliced in rings
1 garlic clove
1 tbs GHEE
Salt, Pepper, and Thyme to taste
Cook bacon until it’s crispy. Remove bits from pan and drain bacon on paper towel.
Add ghee, garlic, and sliced onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Season pork chops with salt and pepper and thyme.
Add to skillet and brown the chops 1 minute per side.
Cover skillet and cook 20 minutes (or until fork tender) onions will carmelize.
Remove and plate… top with bacon bits and serve over a bed of garlic smashed cauliflower
INSTANT POT RECIPE:
Select Saute function and cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Remove from Instant Pot and set on paper towels to drain.
Saute the onions in oil or ghee.
Season pork chops with salt and pepper and cook in batches if necessary. Add oil and cook chops flipping halfway, until browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove chops from IP and place on a plate.
Add trivet to Instant Pot and add 1 cup of beef, chicken, or vegetable stock (as my mother, Bernice would say, “use stock, water doesn’t taste good.) and add a clove of garlic
Place the pork chops on the trivet, seal the lid.
Select high pressure for 10 minutes. When done, do a natural release 5-10 minutes.
Remove chops from the pot and smother with onions and sprinkle the crispy bacon. Serve on a bed of smashed garlic cauliflower.
You can serve it with a side of veggies or as I did, on a bed of garlic smashed cauliflower.
For other Whole30, healthy, and Paleo recipes, check out an assortment of easy recipes. (I lost 15 lbs and a pant size.)
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