Serving Size: 1 (4 oz pork + 1/2 cup apple sauce)
Calories: 196 • Total Fat: 9g • Total Carbohydrate: 9g (Fiber: 2g • Sugars: 6g) • Protein: 20g
High Protein • Low Carb • No Added Sugar
When you’re looking for a lean protein and are tired of the same boneless, skinless chicken breast, pork tenderloin is a great choice. Typically, any cut of meat with the word loin such as tenderloin or sirloin is the leanest (meaning the least calories and fat) type of meat you can choose. On the other side, cuts of meat with the words chop (like pork chops) , belly (like pork belly), shoulder, bacon, and ham are much higher in calories and artery-clogging saturated fat. Quickly searing lean pork loin cutlets and basting them with this sweet and tangy apple sauce keeps the meat juicy and tender while giving your body a healthy dose of protein and apple-ly goodness!
Pork loin cutlets with spiced apple sauce
- 1/2 lb (8 ounces) pork loin cutlets
- 1/4 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder
- 1.5 tsp melted coconut oil (or canola oil)
- cooking spray
- 1 cup chopped Gala apple (about 1 medium apple)
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon, coriander, ginger
- Season both sides of the pork with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Heat a large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Spray the pan lightly with cooking spray, add 1 teaspoon of oil and swirl to coat. When oil is hot (about 30 seconds – 1 minute) add the pork. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until slightly browned and caramelized. Remove from the pan.
- Cut the apple and toss with vinegar. Add the cinnamon, coriander, and ginger and toss to coat.
- Without wiping the pan clean, turn the heat to medium-low, add apples and water, and cook until apples are tender (about 5 minutes) stirring occasionally to release the brown bits from the pork. Remove from the heat and allow sauce to sit until it thickens slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the pork among two plates and top with apple sauce.