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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!


Brown Sugar Pork Chops + Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

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

brown sugar pork chop recipe


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}


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!


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



I’m going to run a TRAIL half marathon

Oops, I did it again!  On a whim, I signed up for a race.  And not just any race.  I signed up for a TRAIL half marathon.  What was I thinking?!

Had you asked me two weeks ago if I had any plans to start training for a race, I would have told you that I was enjoying the flexibility of my current workout schedule and that I wasn’t feeling that competitive drive. Racing was not on my radar… but after the SLO Marathon came through town a couple weeks ago, I started to feel the itch.  And then after reading this post that has been circling around the internet, I felt that sticking to a schedule might not be so bad…

And then I got my latest issue of Runner’s World, and a fire was lit in my belly.  I got on my computer and quickly searched for Half Marathons in California, and to my delight, I found a race in Jaime’s hometown of Pollock Pines!

Run on the Sly Half Marathon

Run on the Sly treks through the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Mountains, about 50 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.  This race is not for the faint of heart.

Run on the Sly Half Marathon Course

Basically the first 4 miles are a gradual ~1000 ft climb, just to repeat itself again from miles 8-11!  Not to mention I’m going to be going from running/training at sea level then racing at 3600-4200 ft.  What did I get myself into!?  Hills are going to be my frenemy for the next 16 weeks.

Speaking of which, I have found a new intermediate training plan.  Only 4 runs per week.  More trails.  More hills.  More lifting.  I’m actually really digging the endurance aspect of this race, rather than focusing on speed, speed, speed as I have in past races.  I think this race will be really good for improving my mental strength and focus for future road races.  Oh, and did I mention?  No headphones allowed.  Yikes!  Yep, really good mental/positive-thinking training.

You know you’re a runner when “you’re crazy” becomes a compliment.

running half marathon race


Keep an eye out for my Weekly Workout Round-Ups for updates on how my training’s going.  Until then…

Keep it crazy.


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Foodie Pen Pal Reveal {Part 2}

Well, it seems that my Foodie Pen Pal forgot about the reveal day on her blog!  I have noticed that a lot of you have clicked over to see what I got her to no avail.

The Lean Green Bean

For the curious, I luckily snapped a quick pic before boxing everything up!  Here’s what I sent Emma:

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereal
Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolate
Beanfield’s Nacho Bean and Rice Chips
Spearmint Glee Gum
Big Sur Bar
Cal Poly Strawberry Jam and Chocolates
Alter Eco Dark Velvet Organic Chocolate Bar

I tried to choose locally produced items, or at least made here in California.  And Emma mentioned she loved Chocolate, so I sent her lots of that in addition!

If you want to join Foodie Pen Pals, head on over to Lindsay’s site.  No blog necessary!

Have a great Tuesday!


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Workout Round-Up + Menu Planning

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I love starting my week off with a celebration!

And hello, it’s May!? Can you believe it?  I swear Christmas was just yesterday…  I’m not complaining though – I will take sundresses and two-pieces over wool coats and boots any day of the year {maybe that’s why I love California so much}.

Living in a college town there are plenty of Cinco de Mayo parties going on tonight.  What can I say, Cal Poly likes to get down with a margarita, or two… Let’s take a look back in the archives and find you a dish to bring to your fiesta:

Mexican Inspired Meals

Chile Chicken Tacos + Cabbage Lime Salsa

healthy recipe chile chicken tacos

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Chunky Carrot Guacamole

Carrot Guacamole

All to die for!


Moving on!

Let’s take a look at this coming week’s moves and meals.


Monday :: Yoga + full body lift
Tuesday :: 3 mi + leg day lift
Wednesday :: 3 mi + upper body lift
Thursday :: lower body lift
Friday :: Rest
Saturday :: 5 mi run
Sunday :: 3 mi


+ Grilled Polenta Pizza {with a FODMAP friendly twist}
+ Chicken and Vermicelli Confetti Salad
+ Slow Cooked Thai Pork with Red Peppers


I just nabbed Jaime’s mini Crock-Pot from storage this weekend, so expect to see more slow-cooker recipes in the upcoming weeks!  YAY!

Speaking of food, my Low FODMAP diet is going fantastic so far! It’s been much easier to follow than I had expected, and in general, I’m eating much more clean.  It’s so nice to see my bloated tummy flatten out, and most of the unpleasant side-effects have dwindled down to an acceptable amount.  My running has also improved!  I’m not getting horrible side stitches mid-run or that awful cramping post-run.

Another unexpected bonus that I have noticed this past week is that I am thinking so much more clear!  I don’t forget what I am saying mid-conversation, word-finding issues have improved, and I’m not getting mentally burned-out by the end of the day.  I’ll take it!

I have one more week of the strict elimination diet, then I will be adding lactose back.  I’ll keep you updated!


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Foodie Pen Pal!

It’s time for another round of Foodie Pen Pals!

This month I was paired with Emma from Emma Getting Healthy!

I was so excited to see this package on my front porch!

shakeology box

How cute is this? All my goodies wrapped up individually.

stephanie gift

And her sweet note:

Foodie Pen Pal note

It’s been quite a while since I last did Foodie Pen Pals! Such a great way to try new foods!

Here’s the loot!


I think I was most excited about the Black Bean Spaghetti!

black bean spaghetti

Look at that fiber!! Emma knows the way to a Dietitian’s heart.  Definitely not low in FODMAPs, but I will save this for my galactan challenge!

Black Bean Spaghetti Nutrition Facts

Before I even had a chance to sample, Jaime ate most of the chocolate within 2 days of the box arriving. Good thing I love him…

dark chocolate carmel with black sea salt

In his defense, this was sooooo good.

Check out Emma’s blog to see what treats I sent to her!

And if you want to join Foodie Pen Pals, check out Lindsay’s site {a fellow RD, btw}:

The Lean Green Bean