Apples punch up pork chops in a meal for 1 or 2

Serve sauteed boneless pork chops with sweet-tart apple relish and sweet potatoes for an inviting fall meal (for diabetics, too).

This year's apple crop is now in the stores. Apples add flavor and texture to this recipe and are healthy. Besides flavor and texture, apples lend health benefits to any menu. One apple has as much fiber as a bowl of most cereals. This recipe calls for a gala apple, a juicy, moderately crisp variety that holds its shape well and adds just the right amount of sweetness to the relish.

You can buy boneless, butterflied pork chops in the supermarket. They have very little fat and cook quickly. If you buy bone-in, either cut the bone off or increase the cooking time 5 minutes.

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Pork Chops With Apple Relish

1 teaspoon canola oil

2 (6-ounce) boneless loin pork chops

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium apple (preferably gala), cored and coarsely chopped (about 1 ¼ cups)

2 tablespoons chopped onion

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork chops 2 minutes on each side. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid and cook 4 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 145 degrees.

While pork chops cook, mix apple, onion, apple cider vinegar and sugar together in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place pork on individual plates and spoon apple relish on top. Makes

2 servings.

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Quick Sweet Potatoes

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 teaspoons canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Microwave method:

Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high 4 minutes. Let sit covered one minute. The potatoes should be soft. If not, heat another minute. Toss with oil and salt and pepper

to taste.

Steaming method:

Place potatoes in a steaming basket over a pan of boiling water (water should not touch the bottom of basket). Cover and steam 10 minutes. Remove to a bowl, toss with oil and salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2 servings.

Apples punch up pork chops in a meal for 1 or 2 11/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:30am]

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