Like most health conscious people, we’ve found ourselves in the boneless, skinless chicken rut. For a few years, it seemed like all I ate was a rotation of chicken, lean beef, and canned tuna. I knew I needed to find some new recipes once Chris and I were married and I was cooking for someone else. Thankfully I discovered that you can buy pork at a reasonable price, and it can be trimmed down to be a leaner meat.
Cooking Light has lots of healthy pork recipes on their site, and their Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Bell Pepper and Corn Relish is a great example.
Ingredients for 4 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil $0.10
- 1/2 cup prechopped red onion $.50
- 2 teaspoons bottled minced fresh ginger $.25
- 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper $0.15*
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can no salt-added whole kernel corn, drained $0.70
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika $0.10**
- 4 (4-ounce) center-cut boneless pork loin chops, trimmed $2.99 (sale)
- Cooking spray
Total Cost: $4.69 (plus spices)
Note: I’m not calculating the cost of spices into the total cost. I cook often, and a jar of spices usually last me quite a while. Unless noted, the cost is so small that it’s not it’s weight in salt. (Har har.) In all honesty, it’s not worth calculating.
*Aldi had stoplight pepper packages (red, yellow, green) on sale for $0.99. I realize this is a fantastic sale, and if you don’t have access to an Aldi, this price doesn’t apply to you. However, the recipe only needs about half of a pepper, and red peppers are usually around $1.50. You’ll have to increase your total cost by $0.60.
**Smoked Sweet Paprika, also known as Pimenton de la Vera, is a Spanish paprika. It has a deep smokey flavor, and it’s a great substitute for regular paprika in taco seasoning and chili.
Calories: 263 (30% from fat)
Fat: 8.9g (sat 2.5g,mono 4.5g,poly 1.2g)
I served it with roasted parsnips and carrots, which cost approximately $4 and 200 calories, but it can be served with any side vegetables. The total cost for this meal was around $9 for 4 servings, or $2.25 and 463 calories per serving.
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