Changing up the chicken routine for lean pork loin chops basted in a simple balsamic vinegar reduction. Not a pork fan? This balsamic reduction would also be delicious over chicken, beef, or even lamb.
For Christmas, Bry’s grandpa gave us a big cooler full of meats from Omaha Steaks. And while we try to limit our intake of red meat and pork products, it’s always nice to have a change from chicken and tofu. Also for Christmas we received a bottle of balsamic vinegar from a place called the Grotto in Connecticut. Oh my word. I could almost just drink it by itself it’s so flavorful and slightly thicker than balsamic you’d buy from a grocery store.
It didn’t take long to decide pairing the pork with the balsamic. While this recipe is quite simple, it requires your full attention and a bit of multitasking if you want everything to come out at the same time. When making the balsamic reduction, make sure to really watch it as once it starts reducing it will go fast!
I was lazy and served it with frozen mixed vegetables, which I steamed and seasoned with olive oil, fresh parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes. It would also be delicious with roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and/or broccoli.
For the couscous, I used just a plain box – no added seasonings to keep the sodium in check. To add flavor I drizzled the cooked couscous with olive oil, lemon juice, and some dried cranberries. One tip with couscous is to cook it in the bowl you planning on serving it in. Simply place the dried couscous into the bowl, pour boiling water over it, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
This would also make a nice homemade valentines day dinner – crazy it’s almost time to start thing about another holiday!
Here’s a toast to a fancy meal in the comfort of your own home (ideally in pajamas 😉 ).
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Mr. Table and I are big fans of center cut pork chops. They’re such an easy dinner option! One of my favorite ways to make them is with a balsamic reduction too! 🙂
But because of my program I am on I will try graded cauliflower instead of couscous
Cauliflower rice would be a perfect low-carb substitution. You’ll have to let me know what you think!
I will try this for dinner tonight