February 22, 2008

Healthy Meal: Pork Chop with Mushroom-Onion Pan Gravy

Last night while at the gym, I got a call from a friend that I was to be at her apartment, way up in Morningside Heights, fed, dressed, and ready to go out… all in an hour. It normally takes me that long just to shower, dry my hair, and get dressed, so I needed to make something that would be ridiculously fast, and also ridiculously low calorie because of the drinking I’d be doing later. This recipe fit the bill, and also contained only ingredients that I already had (no time for a grocery run).

Recipe notes:
I basically followed the recipe in terms of the ingredients, but changed how I prepared it to make it super quick. My version:
1. Preheat the George Foreman grill. While it’s preheating, chop 1/8 yellow onion and 4 shiitake mushrooms.
2. On a pork chop, sprinkle some thyme, red pepper flakes, parsley, and garlic.
3. Put 1/2 tbsp butter in a pan (I used Land O’Lakes Light Whipped Butter) and turn the stove on low to melt the butter.
4. Put the pork chop on the (now hot) grill.
5. Put the onion/mushrooms in the (now melted) butter, and add 1 clove chopped raw garlic (I buy this in a jar, which is why you don’t see it in the list of things to chop). Stir occasionally to brown.
6. Put your frozen veggies in a bowl and fill with water. Pop in the microwave for 3 minutes.
7. Stir 1 tbsp flour into the mixture on the stove.
8. After a minute or so, add about 1 cup beef broth to the mixture on the stove.
9. Take the veggies out of the microwave, drain, and plate.
10. Take the pork chop off the grill and plate.
11. Assuming it took you a few minutes to plate those first two, and that your gravy is now boiling and thickened, spoon it on your pork chop.
Total time from when I walked into the kitchen to when I started eating: 10 minutes.

Nutrition facts:
195 calories for the pork chop and gravy (original recipe here)
60 calories for the Trader Joe’s Brittany Beans mix I paired it with

Review: 4/5
This isn’t really anything special, but it is so quick and easy that I bumped it to a 4 from a more average 3. Chances are, you already have all your ingredients on hand for this, which also saves time going to the store. But seriously, you have to love a recipe that is quicker to make than to prepare! (That’s why I’m posting today instead of last night)


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