The perfect combination of flavors and nutrients!
Plain ole’ pork chops don’t have anything on this incredibly flavorful recipe! While the pork chops of our childhood were crispy and coated in layers of breadcrumbs, these Blackberry Ginger Pork Chops are totally different (in the best way possible!).
Don’t get us wrong: We loved the carb-heavy pork chops of our youth. These days, we’re just a lot more health-conscious. If you are looking for a tasty new dinner option that also happens to be waistline-friendly, then this is the recipe for you!
This Dish is Bursting with Delicious Antioxidants and Flavor!
One of the main ingredients in this recipe is blackberries. This antioxidant-rich fruit is just as beneficial to your health as it is pleasing to your taste buds. Blackberries are loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, all of which are essential to your health. They’re also cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and fat-free! So they contribute a whole bunch of nutrients in addition to adding a sweet and fruity flavor to the sauce.
The blackberries aren’t the only flavorful ingredient in this recipe. Fresh ginger adds a kick of earthy-spice to the sauce, and it offers benefits to your immune system. It’s rich in antioxidants and provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to your body.
Lastly, compared to other spices, cinnamon is a cut above the rest. It also offers antioxidant benefits, as well as antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory properties. This spice adds a strong, warm flavor to the blackberry ginger sauce.
High-Protein with Fewer than 300 Calories Per Serving
Center cut pork chops rival chicken breasts as far as a healthy, complete protein is concerned. Each serving of this Blackberry Ginger Pork Chop recipe contains a whopping 30 grams of protein, 9 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and comes in at fewer than 300 calories per serving!
Speaking of heart health, garlic adds one more layer of nutritional benefits to this dish. Garlic is well-known for its ability to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and boost the flavor of any recipe!
Side Dishes to Compliment these Pork Chops
If you need help choosing a side dish or two to serve with this recipe, we can help!
A classic side for pork chops is apple sauce, but you may want to try making these Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples instead. Of course, if you’d rather stick with the classic, we have a great Instant Pot Applesauce recipe, too! Our 3-Ingredient Broiled Asparagus, Easy Garlic Lemon Green Beans, or even our Apple and Endive Salad would also pair well with these pork chops.
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 tablespoon ginger fresh, grated
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 pork chops center cut
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a small sauce pot, heat blackberries, ginger, honey, water, salt, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.
While the sauce is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with granulated garlic and pepper, then sear in skillet for 5 minutes each side.
Reduce heat, add broth and cover to finish cooking, about 10-15 minutes. Check after 7-8 minutes, to be sure chops are cooked through but not overcooked. Internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F. Plate and drizzle with blackberry ginger sauce.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
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