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Apple-stuffed pork chops

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    Apple-stuffed pork chops Heart Smart Gluten Free Low Sodium

    No matter what variety you choose, apples are a good source of vitamin C. Eating foods high in vitamin C can help to build your immunity during cold and flu season.

    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    4 small apples, peeled, cored and diced
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon ground sage
    nonstick cooking spray
    4 5-ounce pork chops (about 1/2- to 1-inch thick)

    Directions

    1. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium heat. Add onion and apple. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add vinegar, cloves and sage. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and place in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a baking dish lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
    3. Using a sharp knife, cut a large pocket into each pork chop. Stuff the pork chops with the cooled apple mixture and secure with toothpicks.
    4. In a medium skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Place stuffed pork chops in the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer pork chops to the greased baking dish. Spread any leftover apple stuffing over the pork chops. Cover the baking dish with foil.
    5. Bake for 40 minutes or until a cooking thermometer inserted into the center of a pork chop reaches 150 F. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the apple mixture is golden-brown around the edges. Serve warm.

    Makes 4 servings

    Carb choices per serving: 1 1/2

    Apples

    Any variety of baking apple such as Granny Smith will do, but consider trying something new ― like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady, to name a few!

    Nutrition Facts