Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
At this time of the year, I'm always trying to find a new way to use all of the seasonal produce in my meals. My husband just loves pork chops, and they go so well with sweet toppings, that this particular recipe just seemed like a no-brainer. In fact, I already had my homemade canned cinnamon apples and apple butter, so this meal was even easier for me.
I work really hard to feed my family the healthiest I can while trying to hold on to the traditional meals my husband really enjoys, like pork chops, pork ribs, and pot roast. So we buy grass-fed dairy and meat products, nitrate-free pork, and I either grow or preserve all of our foods myself in an effort to avoid the chemicals and preservatives that come with processed foods at the store.
As you'll see in all of my more recent recipes, I use organic or natural ingredients in every area I can. You'll see no table salt, shortening, white flour or sugar, etc.
I love being able to provide you with recipes that you can eat without feeling guilty, knowing that you are serving your family a good meal. Let me show you how I made this one.
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4 pork chops with plenty of sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 medium pork chops
- 3 apples, sliced, with a dash of cinnamon (or 1 quart cinnamon apples)
- 1 pint apple butter
- Melt your butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. I use grass-fed butter and pork chops with no nitrates.
- Brown your pork chops on both sides, about 5–10 minutes on each side. At this point, you're not cooking them through, as we'll do that in just a second.
- When brown, pull them out and set them on a plate just to the side.
- At this time I added my quart of cinnamon apples. You can always simply slice and core about 3 apples and dump them in the pan with a dash of cinnamon. If you used fresh apples, you'll want to let them cook down a bit.
- Then add your pork chops back in, squishing them down in your cooking apples.
- Top each pork chop with apple butter generously and allow to cook for another 20 minutes or so, until the pork chops are done.
- About halfway through my apple butter had cooked in, and so I added more to each pork chop once more.
- We served our pork chops with baked sweet potatoes. However, rice and a salad or some steamed squash would have been a great mix, as well.
Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are extremely impressive little power packs. Just one apple can provide you with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, manganese, copper, and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6—all of which you need to be healthy and for your body to run smoothly.
One thing most people don't know is that when you peel your apples, you are getting rid of almost half of the nutrients it contains. I always wash my apples well and then make my applesauce, cinnamon apples, apple butter, and jams with the skins on. They just about dissolve when they cook, and you get all of the benefits they have to offer.
Check out all of these great health reasons to eat apples:
- Weight Loss: Apples are full of fiber and water, so you'll get a good dose of the water your body needs to function, help with clearing out your body's toxins, and you'll feel fuller, longer, which will help you eat less and lose weight.
- Lowers Risk of Heart Disease: Eating apples can lower your risk of a stroke by 20%, lower your blood cholesterol levels, and lower your blood pressure, all of which is good news for your heart.
- Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Apples help to prevent damage to your pancreas, where your insulin is created. This area is damaged in those with Type 2 diabetes.
- Promotes a Healthy Gut: The nutrients in apples act as a prebiotic, which promotes the growth of good bacteria all throughout your body.
- Helps Prevent Cancer: Apples have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that have been shown to combat and even prevent cancer.
- Helps to Fight Asthma and Allergies: The nutrients in apples protect your lungs from oxidative damage. Apples can help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body, both of which fight asthma and allergies.
The saying goes "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Now you know why! These babies are rich in minerals and nutrients that keep you healthy. And this time of year they are plentiful. All you need is to find the right orchard or at least a good friend that will let you come pick some.
These pork chops were so amazing. The only thing I would have changed is making more pork chops, and maybe making some rice to soak up all of the delicious sauce. This meal was so easy that I hardly had to do anything to pull it together. Don't you love meals like that?
And my son just loves apples! It's been hard just to keep enough in the house for his little body to fill up on. So this meal was perfect, chock-full of cinnamon apples and yummy apple butter flavor. Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think! If you enjoyed this recipe, you could also check out my Crock-Pot Fall Harvest Chicken Chili.
© 2018 Victoria Van Ness