Dijon Pork Chops over Sauteed Red Cabbage with Apples

Today is one of those days where neither Jason or I got enough sleep last night and by 4 pm we are totally talking crap to each other.  Needless to say I am actually blogging from my bed right now…at 8:35 pm.  Yup, that’s how big of losers we are.  We do live a very disciplined lifestyle, but I like it that way.  I don’t know when or why it ever happend, but I have this really strong passion for just being the healthiest I can be.  At times that can also come off as being the most boring person you’ll ever meet, but Jason and I strive to do everything we can to feel amazing.  We wake up with tons of energy; we work hard, work out even harder, eat really great food, relax when we’re at home spending time with each other, and hit the sack early  — never drink, or party or go out to eat…but there’s nothing wrong with that.  That’s the way we like to be.  Now hold on, that’s not to say that eating Paleo means being a total prude.  There is absolutely no relation here; we just take our lifestyle choice very strictly.

Also, I will add that both Jason and myself have a very unhealthy past.  We have both been very overweight, for one, and we have had our fair share of fun…let’s just put it that way.  In January of 2011 I actually quit smoking cigarettes, cold turkey, and looking back I can’t even believe I smoked.  That is just one of many changes I have made for myself along the way.  Somewhere, somehow I just realized that all that extra stuff that seems to get you through life is really not necessary.  I decided I wanted to cut all of my addictions.  I wanted to just focus on living, with no help for an elevated mood from any substance whether it be cigarettes, alcohol, or even sweet treats.  One change at a time I have found myself completely devoted to treating my body right and it is truly loving me back for it.  I can honestly say I have never been happier, nor have I ever felt as energetic and confident as I do now.  There are no more mood swings or ups and downs of emotions, no more bad days just for no good reason…without all those extra things in life you can focus on what’s real…what’s right in front of you…no disguises.  In the words of Master Yoda, “Train yourself to let go of anything you fear to lose.”

Want the recipe for tonight’s dinner!?  After reading all my bull-crap above…I’m guessing I owe it to ya!

Ingredients for Dijon Pork Chops

  •  4 pork chops, about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 c. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of your pork chops.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Whisk all other ingredients together in a small bowl and rub over chops.
  5. Add chops, two at a time if necessary, to the hot skillet and sear on both sides.  About 2 minutes per side.
  6. Once all sides have been seared, transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 5-8 more minutes.

We served our pork chops on a bed of cabbage, but not just any cabbage.  This cabbage was nice and sweet with a hint of tart.  This is one of our favorite noodle substitutions.  When you saute cabbage long enough it gets super soft and almost noodle like.  You can even suck it into your mouth just like a noodle.  Not that I do that or anything.  Anyway, so cook ’em down nice and soft, and add whatever spices you want to them and they make a great vegetable to pile your meat on.

Ingredients for Sauteed Red Cabbage with Apples

  • 1 head purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. cranberries (I used frozen ones, but you could used dried as long as you check your label for added junk)
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar (check your label here, I like to get the Gluten Free versions)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Process

  1. Heat coconut oil in a deep pan, wok, or soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, and saute until they start to cook down.
  3. Toss in cabbage, cook for a few more minutes until it starts to get soft.
  4. Add vinegar and all spices, mix well.
  5. Combine cabbage mixture with apple slices and cranberries, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until cabbage is as soft as you’d like.
  6. Top with Dijon Pork Chops, another cut of meat, or just eat all by itself as a sweet side!

**If you want the cabbage to be a little sweeter you could omit the cranberries and add a little bit of honey or coconut sap at the very end just to give it a little glaze.

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2 Responses to “Dijon Pork Chops over Sauteed Red Cabbage with Apples”

  1. Amy says:

    Would I be able to grill the pork chops with this rub??

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