Meal Prep Sundays: Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Dates & Thyme
Nothing makes me happier then coming home to a full cooked meal, and an amazing smelling house, without having to slave all day preparing. If you do not have a slow cooker I strongly encourage you to invest it will make the winter months a lot cozier not to mention the meal ideas are ENDLESS! This recipe was taken from a Weight Watcher Cook Book and is High Protein/High Fat/Low Carb and is ridiculously delicious! I paired my meal with a Spinach Salad (Spinach, Dried Cranberries, Sliced Almonds and Vinaigrette) to get some veggies in! :)I hope you enjoy! - Catherine
4 (1/4 pound) boneless pork loin chops
Â¾ teaspoon salt
Â¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 onions, thinly sliced
Â½ teaspoon dried thyme
24 pitted dates
Â¾ cup sweetened apple juice
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)
Sprinkle the pork chops with Â¼ salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown on both sides (about 2 minutes per side). Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining of the olive oil to the skillet. Add onions, thyme, and remaining Â½ teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Stirring occasionally cook until the onions are soft and golden. Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.
Put 12 dates in the bottom of a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, top with pork chops.
Place cooked onions on top of the pork chops spreading evenly. Layer remaining dates on top of the onions. Pour apple juice and nestle cinnamon stick in the onions.
Cover slow cooker with lid and cook until the pork is fork-tender, 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Remove the cinnamon stick and sprinkle with mint before serving.
Nutritional Info: ((1 Pork Chop and Â½ cup onion mixture))
10 g Fat
50 g Carb
5 g Fiber
25 g Protein