Paleo Pork Chops and Peach-Applesauce
As of last week Scott and I have started following a Paleo/Primal diet. He recently signed up for the Crossfit ramp-up program and was intrigued by this diet that many Crossfitters follow, which in a nutshell, is based on the diets of early man. Without getting too detailed, the general rules consist of cutting out processed foods, all grains and refined sugars, as well as most dairy, and legumes. These foods, as the plan emphasizes, aren’t beneficial to our bodies and we actually weren’t built to process or depend on them. Essentially if you eat a clean diet of lean proteins, fats (both animal and not – like olive oil) and lots of vegetable nutrients, your body starts creating energy from these in a much more productive way than when it would feed off of carbohydrates. The Paleo Diet and Primal Blueprint plans are similar but different-and honestly this is more Scott doing the leading so I’m not about to try explaining the logistics. However, he’s getting a lot of his information from the website Mark’s Daily Apple, which is written by the creator of the Primal lifestyle, Mark Sisson.
Anyway, of course as a foodie this is both positive and negative. While I can’t imagine cutting out certain foods completely, I am interested in trying out new recipes and substitutions for things I’m used to cooking with. Right now, at a week in, I can tell you I feel great and have noticed a difference in how I look and feel. However, there’s no telling at this point how long I’ll go being strict with it, but the “blueprint” is just that (in my opinion), and I think its a great frame of reference for a healthy lifestyle in general. Its all about making smart choices, but at the end of the day, if you want a cookie-have a cookie! Enjoy it, and eat some spinach with dinner. haha
So, to commence some coming nutritious, delicious, and “primal” recipes, I give you a healthy spin on a classic supper: Pork chops and applesauce! I got the recipe for the pork chops from the Paleo Plan website, and its super simple. It replaces the traditional breadcrumb coating with almond flour, and uses coconut oil to help it stick. The taste was great, but instead of pan-frying the chops I decided to bake them, which in the end I regretted. The almond flour just didn’t crisp up in the oven and I think the meat was a bit dry this way as well. So I’m going to just re-post the original recipe here, so you can get some nice crispy pork chops, unlike me!
For the applesauce I stuck to a pretty basic process but cut out the sugar and decided to add some peaches to make it a little unique. It came out great-I wish I’d made a double recipe!
- 4-5 apples, peeled and cored
- 3 small peaches, peeled and pits removed
- 1 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- Cube the apples and peaches into 1/2-inch pieces
- Add fruit to a saucepan with the lemon juice and 1 1/4 cup water. Stir to coat. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Change heat to medium-low and reduce the mixture uncovered until the water evaporates and the fruit is tender, about 30-40 minutes.
- Stir in the cinnamon.
Spicy Breaded Pork Chops (via the Paleo Plan)
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard, divided
- 1-1/2 cups almond flour
- 4 pork chops (6 oz each)
- Mix cayenne pepper and 2 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard in a shallow bowl and coat both sides of each pork chop.
- Pour almond flour into a shallow pan and dip both sides of each pork chop in almond flour until covered.
- Heat 1 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard in a skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, cook pork chops on both sides until fully done.
Hope you enjoy this healthy meal, and stay tuned for more! I’m looking forward to enticing you with some more nutritious options, and hopefully you find it inspiring that a bread, cheese, and dessert-loving foodie can find happiness on the lighter side as well!