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Lean Recipes: Super Easy Low Fat Pork Chop Recipe (Plus Tips!)

By Rob Poulos...

So you’ve finally done it: You’ve resolved to kick your bad eating habit.  First came junk food, which you vowed never to eat again, then the sweets too, which you haven’t touched in months, aside from that mess up during Thanksgiving brunch.  And now you’re devoted to changing your less than exemplary dinner habits–it’s time to make a change.

But uh oh: What do you make?

For a fresher (and lower calorie) way to make dinner right, let’s put a new spin on a dinner classic: savory pork chops.

How to Make Pork Chops Healthier

Nutritionists argue that eating lean meat is a good strategy for getting thin, but pork chops aren’t necessarily slim pickings.  So how do you make it healthier?

1. Change the flavor.  Most pork chops are flavored with sauce or even deep-fried, but unfortunately this can increase the calorie (and fat) count.  For a slimmer way to enjoy pork chops, switch to lighter seasonings instead, such as red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic.  It will still have a lot of flavor, for just a fraction of the calories.

2. Change how you cook it.  Pork chops are traditionally pan fried, but the addition of oil bumps up its calorie count.  Instead, try this: Lightly spray a pan with light butter and cook it for 45 to 60 minutes.  You’ll still have juicy, moist pork chops, but you won’t have to cook it with oil.  Added bonus: Most of the fan will drip off in the pan, so you’ll eat fewer fat grams as well.

3. Add healthier sides.  While pork chops taste great with a heaping of mashed potatoes, it’s not exactly low in calories.  Instead, opt for healthier sides, such as green beans, salad, or even corn on the cob.  Better yet, you can chop up the pork and throw it into a salad for a savory way to fill up during lunch time.

Also, don’t forget preparation tips such as trimming off the excess fat before cooking.  It may only save a few calories, but every calorie counts, especially when it comes to dieting.

For a healthy pork chop recipe idea, read below.

Low Fat Pork Chop Recipe

Flavored with tart apples and thyme, this low fat pork chop recipe is a juicy, healthy recipe sure to please.  Serves 4.


– 4 pork chops, bone in, fat trimmed off

– 1 tart apple, sliced

– 1 cup low-fat chicken broth

– 2 teaspoons cornstarch

– 1 onion, diced

– 1/4 cup sugar substitute

– 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


To begin, take a small bowl and combine the cornstarch and a tablespoon of broth, mixing until fully integrated.  Now take a large cooking pan and fill it with just a touch of broth, using medium-high heat to bring it to a boil.  Once it boils, add the pork chops and cover, allowing it to cook until browned.  Once it becomes brown, add the onions and allow it to cook for 2 more minutes.  After this time elapses, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir slowly, allowing it to boil.  The ingredients should eventually thicken into a sauce.  Once the pork chops are thoroughly cooked, turn off the heat and serve immediately.

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