It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. Life tossed our family a bunch of curve balls in December and the dust is finally settling, so I thought I would get back to posting here. My goal is to share more recipes here, especially recipes that fit into the 21 Day Fix meal plan. The program has become so popular and the nutrition portion is so important that it’s pretty much taken over Pinterest. These posts may get lost in the 1,000 of other you can find or they may help someone. I don’t know, but I certainly hope that they help!
To kick things off, I want to share a Hot Pepper Jelly Pork Roast recipe that I recently tried. If you have never heard of pepper jelly or tried it, it’s really good stuff. I personally had never tried it before this recipe, but a friend of mine owns her own pepper jelly company, Jennifer’s Kitchen, and was nice enough to hook me up with a jar of her new low sugar line.
Doing the 21 Day Fix? I used my red container to measure out my portion and topped it with a spoonful of the sauce and some of the onions, counting it as a RED and 2 teaspoons.
This pepper jelly packs a nice punch of sweet heat, which is the perfect pairing for pork or chicken. I happened to pick up some pork at the grocery store the other day, so that’s what I decided to use for my first pepper jelly experience.
Italian Style Pork Chops
4 Boneless Pork Chops
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1/2 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of chopped garlic
2 Tbsps pepper jelly (start with less if you don’t like a lot of heat)
1 tsp of basil
sprinkle of parmesan cheese
1. Heat oil in pan for a minute on high.
2. Add pork chops and sear on both sides. Remove pork from pan.
4. Lower heat to medium; add onions – cook until translucent.
5. Add garlic, pepper jelly, tomatoes and basil and cook for 2 mins.
6. Return pork to pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Spoon tomato mixture over each piece of pork and serve.
Fresh basil would be so good in this, but I didn’t have any on hand.
I served this with Parmesan Spinach Orzo, but if you want to keep things low carb, serve with zoodles.
We really enjoyed this recipe a lot. This particular jelly was hot, so if you use a hot pepper jelly and aren’t a huge fan of spice, you may want to cut back on how much you add.
If you are a fan of pepper jelly, I would LOVE to hear how you like to enjoy it. I’m hoping to try using it for chicken wings next.