Paleo Molasses-Orange Pork Recipe with Skillet-Roasted Apples

oven-roasted pork chops, roasted apples, Paleo pork recipe, orange pork chopsPork is one of my favorite meats. It’s super tasty and flavorful — and like chicken — can be done in an endless array of ways. To keep it healthy, I normally use lean cuts of loin or boneless center-cut chops, but I also love pulled pork and fattier versions when I’m in the mood for a bit of a cheat.

This recipe was adapted from a post I found on WhatIGather.com, I just added/omitted a few ingredients based on my personal taste. The original recipe called for sweet potatoes, and while they are delicious — and Paleo-friendly — I tend to try and stay away from starchy fruits and veggies unless I’m paring them with something really light. Considering, I used some beautiful Pink Lady apples that I found at Whole Foods, and I prefer the pairing of the pork with the apples as opposed to the sweet potatoes.

I usually pair this with some arugula dressed with some fresh lemon juice and cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Molasses-Orange Pork Recipe with Skillet-Roasted Apples

  • Approx. 1-1 1/2 pounds boneless, center cut pork chops
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • Juice of two oranges
  • 2 TB molasses
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TSP garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • Salt (optional) and pepper to taste

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

– Combine juice of one orange, molasses, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, thyme, coconut oil, salt and pepper and pour over pork in a plastic bag. Shake/mix to coat pork and marinade for 2-6 hours.

– In a separate bowl, combine apples, onions, juice of remaining orange, cinnamon and all spice.

– Over medium heat, melt a little coconut oil in a cast-iron skillet and then add apple/onion mixture. Cook for 8-10 minutes until slightly softened.

Skillet-roasted apples, apples with cinnamon and all spice, roasted apples

– Push apple/onion mixture to the sides of pan and add the pork — reserving remaining marinade — searing for about 2 minutes on each side.

– Add marinade juice to the pan and place in the oven.

– Cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until pork is cooked through.

– Let the meat rest for a few minutes and serve. Yum 🙂

 

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