takin’ it slow with pork chops

Pork & rice-hHappy Monday and Happy (day after) Valentines Day.  I hope your weekend was something to remember.  We had a busy one here in…my uncle came in for my Mammaw’s 89th birthday, we had a birthday party for her (recipes from the party will be coming soon), we played her favorite marble game and then yesterday The Hubby treated me to a special dinner and then a little chocolate treat after…it was truly a special weekend that we will treasure for a long, long time.

Now that all the fun is over (at least for now) it is time to start getting back on track and this slow cooker pork chop & rice dinner is a perfect start.  It is loaded with tons of flavor without a ton of calories and fat, plus it cooks all day in your trusty slow cooker while your at work or running around with your daily chores.  When it is time for dinner you will have a tender pork chop and rice dinner that everyone is sure to love.

Serves 4 servings

Slow Cooker Pork Chops & Rice

Comfort at its best, this slow cooker recipe is full of flavor flavor without a ton of guilt

10 minPrep Time

6 hrCook Time

6 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb boneless center cut pork chops (3-4 pork chops)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 cups brown rice
3 cups chicken stock, divided
1 french option soup mix packet
Fresh chopped parsley for serving (if using)

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat
Season pork chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder & chili powder on both sides
Sear the pork chops in the hot pan on each side until nicely browned, about 3-4 minutes per side
Add rice into the slow cooker
In a bowl or large measuring cup combine chicken stock and french onion soup packet until well combined
Pour half of the mixture over the rice and stir to combine
Place seared pork chops over rice
Pour remaining soup mix over pork chops
Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours, or until pork is tender and most of the liquid is gone
Serve with fresh parsley
ENJOY!!

Notes

Each serving (1 pork chop & 1 1/2 cups of rice) is 11 WW Smart Points:

Nutritional Info Calories 442 Calories from Fat 58 Total Fat 6.5g Saturated Fat 1.9g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 83mg Sodium 1948mg Potassium 721mg Total Carbohydrates 58.1g Dietary Fiber 3.2g Sugars 0.9g Protein 36.0g Vitamin A 4% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 5% - Iron 17% Nutrition Grade A-

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So my trick to this dish is 2 things…center cut pork chops.  They are leaner and thicker than other pork chops, so they stay moist in the slow cooker and are one of the lowest cuts in fat & calories.  Second is the french onion soup mix…it adds so much flavor without added fat and calories giving the rice and pork chops some great notes of onion as it slowly cooks all day, but don’t worry it is not overwhelming.

Now if pork chops are not your favorite feel free to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs…they would be delicious as well.  

In the craziness of your busy week, treat yourself with a delicious, hearty and not terrible for you slow cooker dinner…trust me slowin’ things down a little will make your week so, so good!

Happy (half) Baked Life – MJ

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  1. Tony Harries
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