My little one and I spent some time at the orchard picking pears and apples. It was so much fun to see her discover the harvest in the trees. It is really amazing to see our food in its raw form. After a couple hours in the 90 degree heat, we ended up coming home with a few bags of fruit. The next question was…what in the world do I make with all of it! In hindsight, apple butter would have been a great idea but instead, I covered the gluten and dairy free apple cobbler, apple cake and landed on a fantastic recipe for pork chops with homemade apple sauce.
The following is my rendition of a recipe from my Whole30 cookbook…another one of my favorites for whole food eating!
Season bone-in pork chops with salt and pepper. Melt 2 Tbsp of coconut oil in a large skillet and brown each side of the chops, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer them to a baking dish and cook them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (I purchased the chops pretty thin so this was an adequate amount of time).
In the same skillet, heat another Tbsp of coconut oil and toss in a sliced onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add two apples (peeled, cored and sliced), ½ cup of apple cider (I used one with ginger, allspice and nutmeg already added), a pinch of ginger and a pinch of allspice. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the apples soften. Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. If you want to skip the last step, serve “as is” and save some time and dishes:).
After the meal was complete, I realized that I didn’t prepare a vegetable…isn’t that what my goal was this month?!? Well, I wanted something green and an avocado had to do the trick! It is green and a healthy fat…yes, a weird combination…but my daughter loves avocados so I considered it a win:). By Dr. Heather Elton
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A mom of 3 and an expert in chiropractic care of babies and kids.