Filled with protein and healthy fats, this pistachio-crusted pork chop is a nutritious dinner that the whole family will love!
Disclaimer: I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
As my blog slogan says, I’m all about simple, healthy recipes that are worth celebrating, and this pistachio-crusted pork tenderloin is exactly that! The coating for the pork comes together quickly in the food processor, and once coated, the pork takes just 30 minutes in the oven. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but flavorful and pretty enough to serve at a dinner part or holiday meal.
What really makes this pork dish stand out is the use of Wonderful Pistachios. When I was counseling, I’d always hear clients say that they were staying away from nuts because of the high fat content and concern that it’d lead to weight gain. So you can imagine their surprise when I’d recommend my go-to snack for weight control: shelled pistachios. Yes, pistachios have fat, but they’re the healthy, monounsaturated fats, which research has suggested may help with weight loss. Plus they’re filled with protein, are lower in calories than most other nuts, and eating the one’s in the shell help with portion control. Still not convinced? Here are all the reasons that I recommend pistachios as part of a healthy diet:
I specifically love Wonderful Pistachios, as they sell both shelled and in-shell pistachios. As mentioned above, the in-shell pistachios make for a perfect snack (I like to keep a small bag of them in my purse), but the shelled ones make cooking and baking so much easier! Either type will work, but the pre-shelled ones will save you a bit of time.
To make this a balanced, healthy meal, I recommend serving the pistachio-crusted pork with roasted veggies and a whole grain, such as farro or brown rice. P.S. The leftovers taste awesome as a sandwich with extra dijon mustard!
So here’s a toast to pistachios, a versatile, tasty, healthy addition to any meal or snack!
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What a clever way to jazz up pork – you see a lot of pistachio crushed fish but I bet this is just as delicious!
Thanks DeAnna! I agree, expect for middle eastern cuisine I haven’t seen pistachios and meat combine very often.
What a family friendly recipe. My kids would love this.
Thanks Serena! If you try it out let me know what you and your kids think 🙂