I can't think of anything worse than dry and tasteless meat...I mean really. Nothing is worse to me than a sad dry chicken breast with absolutely no flavor. And trust me, I had my time of being scared of anything that added flavor: salt, honey, sauces, dressings, oil, etc. for fear that these tiny ingredients would instantly turn my healthy chicken breast unhealthy. News flash! That tablespoon of honey or drizzle of oil will not sabotage your fitness goals or wreck your "diet" in fact, it will sustain it because your tastebuds will be happy.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned from Derek, my RD-to-be boyfriend, is that healthy does not have to be tasteless, boring or gross. In fact, it can be just as good, if not better than other foods we deem unhealthy. Derek and I enjoy pizzas, casseroles, soups and desserts of all kinds on a regular basis because we find little substitutions here and there to make our favorites just a little bit healthier.
These pork chops were no exception! We typically prep two different meats for the week and as of late we've been stuck on ground turkey (we love it so much for its versatility) and marinated pork tenderloin. This week we went with the chops (they were on sale, yay for savings!) and my parents bought me some really nice balsamic vinegar for my birthday so of course we had to try it out!
Below is Derek's recipe for honey, rosemary and balsamic marinated pork chops.
The marinade for about 8 chops:
2-4 sprigs rosemary chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
Place all ingredients in a large gallon zip bag and make sure they are incorporated, place pork chops in bag so they are all flat and completely covered with mixture. Marinate in fridge for 6-12 hours, flipping half way. Sear in skillet on stove top 2-3 minutes on each side and then finish in 325-350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Let me know if you try them!