When Google announced their Year in Search for 2017, we weren’t surprised to find “pork chop recipe” at number seven on the recipe list. It’s a rich, tasty dish, of course, but pork is also one of the richest sources of protein and essential amino acids which our bodies need to grow, maintain and repair. The healthiest cut of pork is lean and cooked at home, not that packaged bacon or ham you find in the supermarket.
These ideal, lean cuts of pork are also one of the easiest proteins to overcook unless you’re using the unhealthy frying method. Our pork chop recipe is baked, not fried, for the exact amount of time required to keep it tender and flavorful. A raw cacao powder rub and rich berry sauce kick the flavor up a notch, too.
Raw cacao is usually found on superfood lists because of its high quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting, anti-aging, disease-fighting benefits. Berries contain flavonoids, which give them their beautiful color and help prevent cancer, heart disease and inflammation. Like raw cacao, berries are packed with antioxidants which help protect your cells and delay the aging process.
Sounds like a winning recipe, right? Let’s get cooking!
Pork Chop Recipe with Berry Sauce
- 1 ¾ cups salad arugula (rocket) (~1 ¼ oz)
- ½ cups blackberries (~2 ½ oz)
- ½ cups raspberries (~2 ¼ oz)
- 2 tsp coconut oil (~⅓ oz)
- ½ tsp black pepper
- a tiny bit of salt
- ½ tsp chili pepper (dry)
- 5 oz boneless pork chops
- 1 ¼ tsp raw cocoa powder (~⅛ oz)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Combine all the optional spices (cocoa powder, chili powder, salt, pepper) in a small bowl then season both sides of the pork chops.
- Place pork chops in a baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. When pork is done cooking, let sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
- While pork is cooking, heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add coconut oil.
- Add the raspberries and blackberries. Stir lightly for a few minutes or until the berries are broken down and heated.
- Serve pork on arugula and spoon berry sauce on top.