Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pork Chops

If you’re looking for a protein option that packs a ton of flavor and is made with all clean ingredients, this is it!

These sweet and spicy grilled pork chops have almost converted my husband into a pork chop fan (which is a big deal, because he has always hated them). The secret is in the sweet and spicy sauce that you baste the chops with while they cook to keep them from drying out. It also packs a ton of flavor, and the ingredients are all great.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Avocado oil (to grease the grill)

Instructions:

  • Season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper and set aside
  • Heat your grill or griddle to 350 degrees (I use a Presto griddle like this one).
  • Coat the grill with some avocado oil to prevent sticking (avocado oil has a high smoking point, so it’s great for this).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the honey, apple juice, cinnamon, and chili powder. Which together until we’ll combined.
  • Use a silicone basting brush (I love this one) to coat one side of the pork chops with the apple juice and honey mixture.
  • Place pork chops on the grill with the side you just basted face down. Baste the other side of the pork chops while cooking. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Flip chops and add some more of the apple juice and honey mixture to the side that’s already been grilled. Baste a few times while cooking for another 5 to 6 minutes.
  • You should have a really good char on the outside of each chop (from the honey).
  • Make sure chips are done all the way through (they should be white inside, with no pink).
  • Remove chops from grill and let rest on a cutting board for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice chops into thin strips and serve with whatever sides you like (we love roasted veggies like broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, and potatoes).

This recipe is gluten free!

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Happy Saturday!

Jack and I are having a kind of lazy day at home. I’m trying to do a little housework and he’s pulling out toys faster than I can put them up. He’s crawling now, and he’s into everything. Even though he can make a huge mess, this stage is so much fun. I love seeing him crawl around and start to become independent. He’s so determined when he wants something and he squeals and giggles when he finally reaches something that he crawled across the room for.

He played hard this morning and tired himself out around 11, so when he took his nap, I whipped up this bowl of hearty goodness for my brunch. If you love banana nut bread, this is the oatmeal for you. It tastes exactly like my favorite banana bread recipe, and it’s gluten and refined sugar free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed (slice the other half and reserve for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Handful of chopped walnuts
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Bring the water to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add the oats and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mashed banana, maple syrup, and walnuts.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until the oats reach your desired consistency.
  • Top oats with a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 sliced banana, and a few more chopped walnut pieces.