at home pork that is so, so good

ter pork chop-hI don’t know about you but one of the hardest things to eat out, when you are trying to eat good, is Chinese food.  It can be loaded with tons of sodium, hidden calories and fat all the while being bathed in delicious sauces that make you want to keep eating.  The Hubby loves chinese food so I have been on a mission to find some lighter options, that can be made quickly but still with all of his favorite flavors…trust me this has been a challenge for sure. 

I have had some success in the past…I made this skinny stir fry that The Hubby loved but he kept asking me for a teriyaki dish.  As I was researching different recipes I kept running into the same issues, all of them were loaded with tons of calories…so I started playing around with some different ingredients until I found a combo I liked and one that I thought The Hubby would love.

The ingredient that seemed to really make the difference was the orange juice.  It added a hint of sweetness and a little tartness to the pork that really makes this a special dish.  I also love the little bit of spice from the ground ginger and the tang from the vinegar…this really is a perfect marinade.  When it cooks down it becomes even more perfect…trust me this will be a new favorite for sure.  

4 servings

Grilled Skinny Teriyaki Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops with all you love of a traditional teriyaki sauce without all the guilt...add some grilled pineapple slices for a true teriyaki experience

2 hrPrep Time

20 minCook Time

2 hr, 20 Total Time

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1 1/2 lb boneless, center cut pork chops (trimmed of fat)
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp water


---Marinade pork chops---
Place pork chops into a large resealable plastic bag
In a medium bowl whisk together orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar & spices - reserving cornstarch to be used later
Pour marinade over pork chops
Seal bag and place int he refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but overnight is best, turning the bag every once in a while
---To cook---
Heat grill (outdoor or indoor) to medium heat
Rub grill with oil
Remove chops from marinade, making sure to reserve the marinade in the bag
Place chops onto grill and cook for 6-10 minutes (depending on thickness) on each side, or until cooked through
While chops are cooking pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan
In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and water until smooth
Whisk cornstarch into marinade, bringing mixture to a boil
Continue cooking until desired thickness is reached, adding in more water if it gets too thick
Once pork chops are cooked remove from grill and place on serving platter
Spoon (or brush) a little of the sauce over the pork chops
Serve & ENJOY!
**I served this with grilled pineapple and rice


Each pork chop with 1 tbsp sauce is 6 WW Smart Points

Nutritional Info

Calories 258 Calories from Fat 55 Total Fat 6.1g Saturated Fat 2.3g Cholesterol 113mg Sodium 535mg Potassium 91mg Total Carbohydrates 10.2g Sugars 6.7g Protein 38.7g Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 29% - Calcium 1% - Iron 10% Nutrition Grade C

If pork is not your favorite use this marinade with chicken or salmon…both would be amazing!!  You could also cut the meat into large chunks and then marinade it then place on skewers with veggies and pineapple for a beautiful and healthy teriyaki skewer…ummmm might have to make those soon!

 You can still enjoy all the best of chinese food flavors without all the guilt that normally comes with it…trust me this teriyaki will become a favorite!!  Serve it with spicy grilled pineapple for an extra punch.

Make everyday sparkle – MJ

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