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Orange Baked Pork Chops: Eating Healthy, Feeling Great!

Updated on January 2, 2013
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Eating Healthy and Feeling Great! "Pork"

Healthy eating has always been such an important factor of staying fit and most importantly, feeling great. In our busy day to day lives we sometimes find ourselves eating on the run, grabbing a burger because it's fast, or just skipping meals altogether because we are simply too busy to eat, or even worse...forget to eat!

Pork has been considered the "other white meat" ever since I can remember. Where that may be true, pork does take longer to digest, so you need to watch your portions and the ingredients that you use while preparing any pork meal. I prefer to cook the meat with the fat still attached (strictly for flavor and keeping it moist). Once the pork is done, I trim away all the fat (gristle) before I serve it up.
My two favorite pork meals to make are the ever popular "pork chops" and "pork loin." There are so many wonderful recipes on preparing these selected cuts. The "Orange Baked Pork Chops" recipe is a favorite in my household. The tangy rich flavor of the citrus compliments the pork very well. I'm sure it will be a favorite in your household as well!

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Orange Baked Pork Chops (with Wild brown rice and vegetables)
Orange Baked Pork Chops (with Wild brown rice and vegetables) | Source
Orange Baked Pork Chops (with Wild brown rice and vegetables) "ingredients"
Orange Baked Pork Chops (with Wild brown rice and vegetables) "ingredients" | Source

Orange Baked Pork Chops

Sweet sauces, like this one, seem to bring out the flavor of pork. For an elegant touch, serve these chops over cooked wild brown rice, garnished with fresh orange slices and a dark green vegetable like green beans or spinach.


Preparation and Baking Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: Serves 4 (Serving size: 1 – 5oz pork loin)

Ingredients

  • 4 (5 ounces each) pork loin chops
  • ½ cup orange juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce, (low sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
  2. Broil chops on a rack in a preheated broiler; turning once until lightly browned
  3. Place browned chops in a shallow baking pan.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chops.
  5. Cover and bake (1 hour)

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Nutritional Value for Orange Baked Pork Chops

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Pork Chop (5 ounces)
Calories 200
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 15 g30%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 62 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      First one to comment and first one to say, I have never tried to make pork chops in this fashion. Definitely a must try. Thumbs up and shared. :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I agree with, AEvans! Dill with pork sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!! Votes and shares!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much (((AE!))) They are really tasty. I like to eat them with a spinach salad. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      It is my pleasure. I have been sharing these recipes for years and I love making them. Thank you so much (((Susan))))

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love pork -- they have a built-in flavor that only needs light enhancement with spices. That dill roast sounds especially delicious. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I agree alocsin. I love roast pork simply done with a few herbs. :)

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