Brown Sugar Pork Chops + Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

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I never knew how much I loved pork, until I gave this recipe a whirl. Oh. my. god. Rich and juicy and full of flavor. Talk about a twist on traditional comfort food. Not to mention, pulled together in less than an hour. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

First things first. Wine.

sweet potatoes and wine

Pinot Noir, please.

Pinot Noir and Pork

Then chopping.

quartered sweet potatoes

Cube your sweet potatoes, place them in a gallon-sized freezer ziploc, add olive oil and spices, then toss.

basket of spices

One of the three baskets of spices in my kitchen. We love flavor.

While the sweet potatoes are baking, get started on your pork.

brown sugar pork

After the sweet potatoes have baked for 15 minutes, start searing your pork. Enjoy the delicious aroma of butter and brown sugar. Mmmmm…

brown sugar pork recipe

My mouth is watering. Time to get cooking!

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Brown Sugar Pork Chops + Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

{Low FODMAP friendly}
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

brown sugar pork chop recipe

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar Pork Chop

  • 2 pork loin chops, approx. 1″ thick each
  • 4 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • Dash of ground cayenne red pepper {more if you like the heat}

Instructions:

Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cube sweet potatoes.  Place in ziploc freezer bag and add olive oil and spices. Toss until well coated.
  3. Spread potatoes evenly on baking sheet and place in oven for 15 minutes.  Flip.  Bake for 15 more minutes until soft.
  4. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil and toss to coat before serving.

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

  1. Season top and bottom of pork chops with salt, pepper, and brown sugar.  Let set 15 minutes while sweet potatoes bake.
  2. Heat frying pan on high heat.  Add butter to pan and melt.  Add pork chops, searing each side for 2-3 minutes.  Turn heat down to medium and cook through to an internal temp of 145 degrees {approx. 15 minutes total cook time}.
  3. Give pork chops 3 minutes to rest before digging in, and enjoy!

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recipe pork chop sweet potato corn

The crisp, caramelized crust is out of this world, and contrasted with the tender inside – divine!

And let’s compare nutrition facts:

  • 3 oz Pork Chop – 137 calories, 4 grams fat, 65 mg cholesterol
  • 3 oz Chicken Breast – 140 calories, 3 grams fat, 72 mg cholesterol

Pork isn’t so scary, right?

And how ’bout the sweet potatoes?  Bursting with antioxidants Vitamin A and C to help support a healthy immune system, keep your eyes bright, and your skin glowing.

Now that’s what I call a meal!

recipe healthy pork chops and sweet potatoes

Nom!

 

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