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Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish.

 

"If I could only have one type of food with me, I would bring soy sauce. The reason being that if I have soy sauce, I can flavor a lot of things."
-Martin Yan, Chef

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This is a super simple meal but so full of flavor. The five spice powder is sweet and spicy and combines well with the savory sesame, mushroom and pork.

Sesame Oil

Pressing the oil from sesame seeds produces sesame oil. Much like other seed oils (olive oil for example), the oil is cold pressed, meaning that no heat is used in the initial extraction process.

Light sesame oil has the fresh taste of sesame seeds. Dark sesame oil has been pressed from sesame seeds that have been toasted and, consequently, have a nuttier flavor. Dark sesame oil is more commonly used in Asian recipes.

Sesame oil is low in saturated fat but has less monounsaturated fats than canola oil. The beauty of this oil is that the flavor is so distinct that a little goes a very long way. Combining a 1:1 mixture of dark sesame oil with canola oil provides fantastic flavor. Keep in mind that a teaspoon of any oil has 5 grams of fat.

1 tsp. sesame oil = 43 calories, 4.5g fat, <1g sat fat, 1.5g mono fat, 0g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 0mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


 

Five Spice Pork Chops



Servings = 2 | Serving size =one 4 ounce pork chop with mushrooms

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

Serve with Brown Rice

AND

Serve with Bok Choy Slaw or Asian Spiced Snap Peas or Ginger Snow Peas

2 tsp low sodium soy or gluten-free tamari sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 4 ounce pork chops
2 tsp olive oil
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1/3 cup water

Mix together the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, five spice powder and pepper. Place in a ziplock bag.

Place the pork chops in a ziplock bag with the marinade. Let marinate at least overnight.

When ready to cook place the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When hot add the mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned. Move to one side of the skillet and add the pork chops to the pan.

Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.

Turn the pork chops, add the water and cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove the pork to a plate to rest for about two minutes. If the mushrooms are too dry add water 1 tablespoon at a time.

Serve the pork topped with the mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1 4 ounce pork chop with mushrooms

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 268 Calories from Fat 103
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 19%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 6g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 78mg 28%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 14%
    Sugars 5g  
Protein 27g  
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5% Iron 5%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 670 mg
Magnesium 44 mg