Sunday, October 10, 2010

'Pork Loin Chops' with Cinnamon Apples

Tonight, I was finally brave enough to the try the vegan ground pork from Match meats - and boy am I glad I did!

This versatile product can be shaped any way you like - into a full 'tenderloin', into pork medallions, or into individual cutlets or burgers. However you want to prepare it, thaw the product the night before in the fridge, so it is ready to be shaped when you put your recipe together (note: Match meats can also be re-frozen, if you don't use a whole package). For this recipe, thaw 1 (1-pound) package of Match pork.

Divide the Match pork into 4 equal portions, and shape each into about a 1/2-inch thick "chop". In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper; sprinkle evenly over the 'pork'.

Heat 1/2 tsp. vegetable or canola oil in a medium skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the 'pork' and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

In the same pan, melt 1 teaspoon vegan butter (such as Earth Balance). Add 4 cups (1/2-inch) slices of peeled Granny Smith apple, along with 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar, 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt; cook for 5 minutes - the apples should be tender by the end.

Serve 1 pork chop with about 3/4 cup of the apple mixture for 4 servings of 260 calories. All you need are some green peas or broccoli on the side to round out the meal!

Match pork $7.50
Granny smith apples $4.36

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance