Slow Cooked Pork Chops

You know what was weird? Not working out after work today. Even though I feel world’s better, I told myself that I wouldn’t try and go to the gym till at least Tuesday in order to give my body adequate time to get over this head cold plague. Plus, I don’t want to be that guy at the gym who spreads their germs around and gets everyone else sick.

It was nice to meet up with Nick after work at a nearby Starbucks just to catch up on life. It definitely took my mind off feeling anxious about not getting my fitness on. We decided next Monday to take a Bikram Yoga class together! I’ve never done any variety of hot yoga but I’ve always been intrigued (ever since my best friend Kate fell in love with it about a year ago and I almost went to a class with her). Needless to say, I’m very excited/nervous for next Monday. Having Nick there with me will definitely be nice.

When I got home from Starbucks, I was surprised to see that I had a package notification. I wasn’t expecting anything so I had no idea what it could be. The desk person pulled out a big ol’ vase of beautiful flowers! My Mom randomly sent me “just because” flowers d’awww! She knows how much I’ve been going through lately, how I’ve been sick, and how bummed I am about Will not being around during the week anymore so she sent me these to cheer me up. That they certainly did. They were like a giant hug in flower form. Knowing I get to see these now whenever I’m in my apartment makes me so happy. She always knows just how to comfort me even from so far away.

The note on the flowers read: "I want you to smile and shine this week and always. Hope this bouquet brightens your day! I love you! You are beautiful. Love, Mom

The note on the flowers read: “I want you to smile and shine this week and always. Hope this bouquet brightens your day! I love you! You are beautiful. Love, Mom”

Thank you again, Mom. You really are the best.

Dinner tonight was super easy as all I had to do was heat up the Tina’s Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Salad I made yesterday. Mmmmmm was it good! I highly recommend trying it out sometime. It was nice to not have to break out any kitchen gear and make food tonight. I’m still sort of in total relaxation mode from all the laying around I did this weekend. I have big plans tonight to do some quality cuddling with my stuffed bears and a good book.

Before I get to that, however, I do want to share with you guys a different recipe I tried out yesterday. I discovered the blog “Cooking in the City” last week and was inspired by Kim’s adapted recipe from Kath for Slow Cooked Pork Chops. Say hello to my Sunday night dinner:

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Drizzle of oil
  • 2 pork chops
  • 2 large apples, sliced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced

Instructions

  1. Mix together the apple cider vinegar through maple syrup
  2. Heat a pan and drizzle in just a touch of oil, add pork chops and sear on both sides for about a minute each
  3. Pour water into the bottom of the crock pot and then place in pork chops
  4. Cover with sauce then place onions and apples on top
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours.
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I love the combination of cayenne and cinnamon. I usually use this flavor combo on sweet potato wedges. It’s the perfect mix of sweetness and a spicy kick.

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Whenever I put the lid on my crockpot I always say a little prayer hoping it all turns out okay. Putting my trust in the crockpot is hard, but it never does really disappoint.

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After four hours, the crockpot looked a little like this. I couldn’t zoom in further due to all the steam, but then again, it doesn’t look that delicious so maybe the far away shot was for the best. I will have you know that this smelled DELICIOUS. Apples and pork chops is an award winning combo.

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On the side I decided to cook up some greens. All I did was warmed 1 tbl. of olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat with some salt and pepper. Then I threw in this MASSIVE pile of chard. It looks like a lot- but just wait- it wilts down A LOT. Using some tongs after the greens starting sizzling, I pulled the greens from the bottom and mixed them around until they all wilted down. This whole process takes about 8 minutes.

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Can you believe that what you see in the picture above is the SAME amount of chard that I started with? Yup. That’s how much it wilts down. Craziness.

The pork chops were super soft and delectable. You could just pull the meat apart with a fork. I always loved when my Mom or Grandmother made pork chops when I was younger because they were usually accompanied by apple sauce. With this recipe, I loved the softness of the apples all mushed into the chops.

The greens weren’t anything stellar… don’t get me wrong, they were good- I just probably could have seasoned them better. Anyone know a really awesome way to cook chard? If so- get at me.

I think tomorrow I will make my triumphant return to my gym. Well at least that’s the plan as of right now. Hopefully my body is on the same page as my brain. My muscles are dying to be put back into motion the way that they’re used to. It’s weird that I haven’t worked out in the month of February yet! Craziness.

If having the energy to workout tomorrow is a part of the game plan, I better shut down the computer and start shutting down my tired little brain.

Do your best to avoid all the sick germs out and about and stay well, everybody. Goodnight!

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9 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Pork Chops

  1. GIRL YOU KNOW IM JEALOUS I WON’T BE AT BIKRAM RIGHT BESIDE YOU NEXT MONDAY. caps were totally necessary. also, love you and miss you #obvi

  2. The flowers look so pretty! Good that you’re on the mend. Um, that pork chop recipe is now my dinner plan,so excited, you described it so deliciously I think I could taste it! I’ll be headed to Trucci’s after the gym for the chops. Have a fabulous day and good luck at the gym your first day back! Love You!

  3. Glad to hear there’s another pork/apple lover out there! Looking forward to hearing about your Bikram class; be sure to let us know what studio you go to. I’ve tried a few in DC and have had mixed results- I have a low tolerance for snobby yoga studios! Would love to hear if you find a good one.

    • Yes! And you’ll be happy to know that my Mom is making this recipe tonight for my family back home :)

      I will definitely keep everyone in the loop on my yoga adventure. I think for Monday I’m going to try out Bikram Yoga Dupont. I’m with you on the whole snobby studio thing though. SO true. I’ve tried a couple different ones- thus far my favorite by a landslide is Buddha B Yoga on U Street.

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