Who doesn’t just love the holidays?! With all the cheery music, beautiful lights, great shopping, fun parties to attend and plan… not to mention all the fantastic (but high-calorie) foods that we all get to bake and enjoy! With that in mind, I love to make a healthy dinner during the holidays (as much as possible anyway) and this pork chop recipe rates highly with my family in both the taste and health department. It has a great kick with all those Caribbean spices and the mango peach salsa pairs deliciously with it. Another thing I love about this recipe from Cooking Light is that it is quick and easy – perfect for hectic December! To make it even speedier, I like to serve it with Costco’s prepared mango and peach salsa. However, I included the original mango salsa recipe in case you wanted to whip up some fresh salsa of your own. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Pork Chops with Caribbean Rub and Mango Salsa
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe
4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1/2-inch-thick)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
mango peach salsa
fresh cilantro sprigs
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub pork chops with spice mixture. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; grill 3 minutes on each side or until a thermometer registers 145° (slightly pink). *Even better, grill pork chops on a bbq preheated to medium-high heat. Or if you don’t have a bbq or a grill pan, broil the chops in the oven about 6 inches away from heat – works great too! Serve grilled pork chops with mango peach salsa and fresh cilantro.
If you prefer to make your own salsa, here is the original Cooking Light recipe for mango salsa.
Toss together gently:
1/2 cup diced peeled mango
1/2 cup diced plum tomato
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Recipe source: Cooking Light