Monday, May 17, 2010
Put the Lime on the Pork Chops & Add Some Coconut
Put the lime in the coconut and eat it all up! I promise this meal won't give you a belly ache and you won't have to call he doctor in the morning! This was the perfect cure for my Monday, which started out a little relentless! Rain in May (weird), CrossFit (doozy), kids school projects (multiple), car repair (bummer)... But a new delicious paleo pork chop recipe is the silver lining in our May rain-clouds! Lime, pineapple, cilantro, and coconut are such fun and fresh flavors! A tasty combination that just might take your mind off any Monday woes you have (for awhile anyway). Come on Tuesday! What have you got? :-)
4 pork chops, trimmed of all visible fat
8 oz. can crushed pineapple (in its own juice)
1/4 C cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C Coconut milk (low fat from Trader Joe's)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
pinch sea salt (optional)
1 T Coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 head cauliflower
6 macadamia nuts, slightly crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Trim pork chops and marinate (for at least 30 minutes) in: Juice of 2 limes, just the juice from the can of crushed pineapples, cayenne pepper, ground ginger and salt.
While that's marinating.... Prepare your cauliflower rice and set aside. I use a food processor with the grater attachment. Wash and trim leaves off cauliflower. Cut in big chunks, and grate to a rice-like consistency. Heat, keep warm and set aside.
In a sauce pan, heat 1 tsp. coconut oil (or olive oil). Saute garlic and ginger until it starts to brown. Add coconut milk, crushed pineapple, and the juice of 1 lime. Simmer.
In a large saute pan heat 2 tsp. coconut oil (or olive oil). Brown pork chops (about 4 minutes on each side... until golden brown). Remove to a baking dish. Pour coconut milk mixture over pork chops. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Serve over a bed of cauliflower rice. Sprinkle the top with some crushed macadamia nuts. Garnish with fresh cilantro and avocado slices. Hope you enjoy!
*Paleo Challengers! There are only TWO WEEKS left!!! I've heard (and seen) some great feedback in the gym! Start thinking about re-running your benchmark WODs and getting your final photo! :-)