12 Easy Ways to Serve Lean Pork

By , SparkPeople Blogger
On more SparkPeople members' dinner tables, chicken is stepping aside while lean pork is the star of the meal. I am a big fan of lean pork products for busy weeknight meals, slow cooker Sundays, and tablecloth: and: good china Saturday night dinners.  Choosing leaner cuts of pork such as the tenderloin, roast, and chops will bring more flavor to your favorite recipes than leaner cuts of poultry and at about the same price.
Not sure how to cook pork or need some new ideas? Here are a dozen to get you started.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Roast: Perfect for a weekend get-ahead-of-the game meal for the upcoming week.  Remove any fat then place in a slow cooker with 1 inch of low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock or water along with your favorite chili style spices and six to eight hours later (cooked on low), you will have pulled pork cooked to perfection.  Enjoy sandwiched between whole wheat sandwich thins or served with cole slaw or whole wheat macaroni and cheese.
Faux Fried Pork Chops: Fried pork chops are a comfort food staple, but you can get all the crunch without the fat. Serve with homemade applesauce or baked apples and green beans for a spin on the classic Pork Chops and Applesauce. Get the secret to perfect faux frying
Orange Pork Stir Fry: Thinly slice partially frozen pork tenderloin into thin strips.  (That's a great chef's tip: Before slicing raw meat, freeze it for 30 minutes to an hour, and it will be easier to cut.) Lightly dust in cornstarch.  Saute over high heat in a skillet with a teaspoon of vegetable oil.  Cook until the pork is no longer pink, remove from the pan, then sauté thin strips of onion, garlic, and green onions in the same pan.  Add the juice of one orange and a splash of low sodium soy sauce.  Return the pork to the pan along with fruit segments from one orange and cook until warmed.  Serve with steamed brown rice and snow peas.
Fruity Stuffed Pork Chops: Cut a small slit in the side of a boneless chop and stuff with about a tablespoon of chopped figs, dates, or prunes.  Use toothpicks to secure the pork chops.  Bake in a 350 degree oven until the pork reaches 145 degrees or grill.  Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed green beans.
Grilled Marinated Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa: Pork and citrus are perfect together.  Marinade chops in low sodium soy sauce, lemon and lime juice for 30 minutes.  While the pork is marinating, mix up a salsa side dish. Combine diced pineapple, red onion, cilantro, red peppers, with lime juice.
Pistachio and Cherry Encrusted Pork Tenderloin Medallions: This meal sounds fancy but it is not.  Slice a pork tenderloin into 1 1/2 inch medallions, then sear over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray.  Top with chopped pistachios and dried cherries; bake 10-12 minutes in a preheated 375 degree until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.  Serve with a spinach salad and side of brown rice.
Roasted Pork Loin with Honey Mustard Sauce: Sear one pork tenderloin on all sides in a nonstick skillet.  Transfer to a preheated 425 degree oven and roast until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.  Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes, then carve into 1/2 inch slices.  Stir up a quick sauce made with Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and honey to flavor it.  Serve over quick cooking bulgur or quinoa with a side of steamed broccoli.
Skillet-Cooked Pork Chops with Warm-Cabbage Apple Slaw: Lightly season pork chops with pepper, then cook over medium heat in a skillet coated with cooking spray.  Remove the chops from the skillet, and set aside but keep warm. Wipe the skillet with a paper towel, then spray on more cooking spray.  Cook 3 cups shredded cabbage in the skillet until limp and tender, about 5 minutes.  Add 1/4 of a red onion, sliced, and 2 sliced apples along with the juice of one lemon and 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds.  Cook until apples are warm, about 3-4 minutes. Serve with the pork chops and a slice of rye bread on the side.
Super Fast Pork and Veggie Stir Fry: This is a great way to use up leftover cooked pork roast or tenderloin.  Add it to a stir fry for a next-night meal.  Change up the traditional rice side dish and serve with whole wheat spaghetti noodles.
Pork Jambalaya: Keep the shrimp but substitute a leaner cut of pork such as the roast or tenderloin for the not-so-lean Andouille sausage in traditional jambalaya.  Add heat with peppers or spices.
Slow Cooker Pork with Greens and Beans: This dish is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes for the colder months. It's a full meal that’s ready with almost no effort.
Pork Chili: Swap out beef stew meat with diced pork roast in my Chili Con Carne recipe. Instead of the traditional cornbread accompaniment, serve over cheese polenta.
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EVILCECIL 8/24/2020
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Great tips. Report
Thank-you, some great suggestions. Report
Thanks for sharing this one! Report
Thanks for the great ideas! :) Report
Pork, the other white meat! Report
Thank you Report
Excellent article and delicious looking recipes, will give them a try. Report
Thanks for the ideas. Report
My husband won't eat chicken, so I substitute pork. Report
Nice to lean up the the meats. Report
Pork recipes are so good in the fall! Thank you! Report
Thanks for the recipes! Great! Report
Ate pork ribs and pulled pork. Got my attention. Report
I love pork Report
Everything looks delicious! I will be trying use recipes! Report
Love all of these recipes! They look amazing! Report
Great ideas- thank you. Report
I make a crispy pork stir fry... one pork chop chopped up and cooked serves three people... the rest is all veggies! Report
Everything looks good will be trying these recipes Report
Pork is very versatile, but a crockpot is the best way for even, easy, and very inexpensive. Report
Thanks for the different ideas. Our pork recipe was getting to be pretty mundane. Report
I'm always curious if I should substitute lamb or chicken. Pork is not Kosher, and there really are science based reasons to not eat it as well. I have some memories of eating ham (as a young child), before we learned that we were not intended to eat it. My memories of it was a lot of fat issue and I was constantly having to spit out pieces of gristle and fat - it just wasn't fun. Report
I went to Spark People Recipes looking fro the Skillet cooked Pork Chops with Warm Cabbage Apple Slaw. It's not there and there was no link on this blog to it. Disappointed Report
I like posole made with pork and tomatillos, super yummy! Report
My son does not care for pork - but i do see a couple of recipes here that he might enjoy. thanks for the list.
I love pork, but it is very lean and can dry out easily. Brining helps with this, and never cook pork over 138 degrees(unless braising), it can be a little pink, it won't hurt you. I buy whole loins at Costco and break them down myself, it's very reasonable. Report
Some of these look pretty good. But *lean* pork is waaaay down my list of first choices. Give me a nice crispy-roasted piece of pork belly. yum! Report
Try baking pork chops barely covered with milk. That's my husband's favorite and the only way my mother ever cooked them. I never ate a fried pork chop until after my marriage. Cheaper chops bake especially well.
350 F for 45 minutes and bake potatoes in oven at same time. Yum-Yum Report
OK...I need some lean pork! That pulled pork looks really good. These all are some great recipes. Thanks for sharing and expanding are ways to cook more appetizing! Report
Sound and look so yummy. However I can't eat pork :(( Report
oh man....I'll be right over Chef Meg!! those selections look amazing :) Report
Sorry. Jambalaya is not jambalaya without Andouille! Report
This was a great blog! Thank you! Not all of the recipes are things I'd try, but most of them I can't wait to try! I've never cooked a port roast or pork loin. Now I can't wait to try almost all these recipes! Report
All of these recipes look amazing. Can't choose which to make first Report