Food Facts: Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Relish

The Morning Show

Ashley Quinlan, Manager of Christie Clinic Transformations Weight Loss, joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Food Facts we are making pork chops with cranberry apple relish.

This cranberry relish is a delicious way to bring in the refreshing taste of cranberries and the sweet, yet savory cinnamon apples. 
Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, A, as well as dietary fiber, and manganese. 
No one knows for sure how cranberries became associated with holiday feasts, but historians guess it had something to do with the Native Americans, who used them not only for food and medicine but also to make dyes for clothing and blankets. 
 
½ cup of cranberries is only 25 calories 
They also contain nutrients that provide rich antioxidants. 
The pork chops are a lean protein source and a great base to any meal. 
This dish would be great on it’s own or served with a side of vegetables or a starch. 
 
Pork Chops with Cranberry Apple Relish 
 
Serves: 2-3 people 
 
2 c cranberries, fresh 
3 apples, peeled, cored, chopped 
2-4 T.  brown sugar 
1 c water 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
½ cup c walnuts (optional) 
2-4 – 5 oz. pork chops (number is approximate, depending on the size) 
 
1. Combine cranberries, apples, brown sugar and ½ cup of water in a large sauce pot. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add in additional cup of water if needed. 
2. Stir in cinnamon and walnuts (if using). Cook for 5 minutes.  
3. While relish is cooking place pork chops in a large frying pan and cook until just shy of done. Pour cranberry-apple relish over the pork chops and simmer about 10 minutes to allow flavor to penetrate the meat. 
When plating, place a pork chop on plate and spoon relish over top. Let rest for about 2 minutes and serve.  Suggested to use honey crisp or ambrosia apples.

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