PORK CHOPS STUFFED WITH APRICOTS AND WALNUTS #HeartHealthyRecipe

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Since my heart attack in August we have been trying to eat healthier.  Most nights we follow a heart healthy and/or Mediterranean diet.   I found this recipe in the American Heart Association Cookbook, and adapted it a little bit.  It has quickly become one of our favorites!!  It’s quick and easy to put together, and cooks rather quickly on the stovetop making it a good choice for work nights when you don’t have a lot of time to spend preparing dinner!!  Any extra stuffing can be used as a topping!!  I absolutely LOVE apricots, and the combination of the sweet, soft fruit mixed with the crunchy walnuts satisfies both sweet and crunchy cravings!!  Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Pork Chops Stuffed with Apricots and Walnuts
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 thick cut boneless pork loin chops, with all visible fat discarded
  2. 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  3. 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  4. 1 T. light brown sugar
  5. 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 T. pancake syrup
  7. 1/2 c. apricot nectar
  8. 1/2 c. sodium free chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise cut into each pork chop to form a pocket for stuffing, being careful not to cut through to the opposite side. Brown the pork chops on both sides over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the apricots, walnuts, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Spoon the mixture into the pocket of each pork chop and secure with a toothpick. Add the remaining ingredients to your skillet, and cook the pork chops over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer the pork chops covered for about 30 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and discard the toothpicks. Increase the heat to medium high, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes or until reduced. Spoon over the pork, serve and Enjoy!
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