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Pork chops with Southwestern sweet potatoes and tomatillos
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Pork chops with Southwestern sweet potatoes and tomatillos

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Lean & Clean, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

2 Servings, 590 Calories/Serving

35 – 45 Minutes

Juicy seared pork chops take center stage in this paleo and gluten-free dinner, our deconstructed take on classic pork chile verde.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 ounces tomatillos
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 boneless pork loin chops (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 or 2 cloves peeled fresh garlic
  • 1 serrano (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • ¾ cup diced mild green chiles
  • ½ teaspoon red chile flakes (optional)
  • 3 or 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds

Make It Leaner

To cut 170 calories and 8 grams of fat from each serving, stretch this dish into three portions: Cut the cooked pork chops crosswise into ½-inch-thick strips and serve only two-thirds of them (along with two-thirds of the vegetables). Save the rest for a satisfying lunch the next day.

Ingredient IQ

Tomatillos are cousins of tomatoes (both are members of the nightshade family) but come with a papery husk and remain green when ripe. They have a tangy, citrusy flavor that makes them delicious in salsas, soups, and stews.

Nutrition per serving

Instructions

1

Prep the vegetables

  • Scrub or peel the sweet potato. Trim the ends and cut the potato lengthwise into ½-inch-wide slices, then crosswise into ½-inch cubes.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the red onion.
  • Remove the husks from the tomatillos; rinse the fruit and pat dry, then coarsely chop.
  • Trim the root ends from the scallions; thinly slice the scallions on the diagonal and set aside one-fourth for garnish.

2

Prep and cook the pork

  • Pat the pork dry with a paper towel; season with salt and pepper.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the pork and cook, turning frequently, until browned but still faintly pink within, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Do not clean the pan.
While the pork cooks, prepare the garlic and serrano.

3

Prep the garlic and serrano; cook the vegetables

  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  • If using the serrano, remove the stem, ribs, and seeds; finely chop the serrano. Wash your hands after handling.
In the same pan used for the pork, if dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons oil. Warm over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the sweet potato, onion, scallions, garlic, oregano, and as much serrano as you like. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatillos, green chiles, ¾ cup water, and as many chile flakes as you like. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is tender and the sauce is slightly reduced, 5 to 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
When the vegetables are almost done, chop the cilantro.

4

Prep the cilantro

  • Coarsely chop the cilantro.

5

Serve

Transfer the vegetables and sauce to individual bowls. Top with the pork, garnish with the cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and remaining scallions, and serve.

Protein: 40g (80% DV), Fiber: 9g (36% DV), Total Fat: 31g (48% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 5g (25% DV), Cholesterol: 90mg (30% DV), Sodium: 550mg (23% DV), Carbohydrates: 38g (13% DV), Total Sugars: 12g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV).