This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.
"Italians... seemed never to die. They eat olive oil all day long... and that’s what does it."
-William Kennedy, American author
Choose the center cut pork chop and trim it well. The flavor is in the meat and center cut loin chops have just enough marbling.
Lentils are legumes like peas, garbanzos and peanuts. They are mostly carbohydrate and protein and not very much fat. They have tons of fiber, with a half cup of cooked lentils coming in at around 8 grams.
Like other legumes, you can cook them whole, but they are also great in soups and pureed into sauces. There are three main types. The small green lentil is also known as the French lentil. It has a thin shell and a stronger pea-like flavor. Red and yellow lentils are slightly smaller and not as plump as green lentils. They have a milder flavor. French lentils take a little longer to cook than their red and yellow cousins. More About Lentils
Servings = 4 | Serving size =1 pork chop with about 1/2 cup cooked lentils
Cooking Time = 30 Minutes
This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.
I like this for leftovers, but then I like cold pizza.
|1 Tbsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|2 Tbsp||fresh lemon juice|
|zest of one lemon|
|1 Tbsp||pure maple syrup|
|1 Tbsp||curley parsley|
|2 Tbsp||fresh rosemary|
|4||4 ounce center cut pork chops|
|1/2 cup||red lentils|
|1/2 cup||green lentils|
|1 tsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|1/4 tsp||red pepper flakes|
|1/4 cup||dry sherry|
|1 tsp||unsalted butter|
|1/4 cup||dry sherry|
Place the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, parsley, rosemary, garlic clove and pork chops in a zipper bag. Place in refrigerator overnight.
Cook the red lentils in 3 cups of simmering water for about 15 – 20 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Cook the green lentils in 3 cups of simmering water for about 15 – 20 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
The lentils may be cooked to this point, combined and placed in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add the marinade from the zipper bag. Sear the pork chops for about two minutes on each side and place the skillet in the oven.
While the pork chops are cooking place 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small non-stick skillet and heat over medium high.
Add shallot, celery and red bell pepper and reduce the heat cooking until soft (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add the cooked lentils and toss until warm.
Add the first 1/4 cup sherry and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce by about half (about 2 minutes). Add the butter and swirl. Divide between 4 warmed plates.
Remove the pork chops and place one each on top of the lentils. Discard the garlic from the skillet and increase the heat to medium high. Deglaze the pan with the second 1/4 cup sherry and 1/4 teaspoon salt and reduce by half, pouring the sauce evenly over each pork chop.
Serving size = 4 ounces pork
Servings = 4
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 459||Calories from Fat 120|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 13g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||19%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 7g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrates 38g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 15g||61%|
|Vitamin A 5%||Vitamin C 16%|
|Calcium 5%||Iron 27%|
|Vitamin K 24 mcg||Potassium 1033 mg|
|Magnesium 91 mg|