Dijon Pork Chops

This recipe for Dijon pork chops is savory and delicious and will warm you up—the perfect mix for winter weather.  Pork chops an excellent source of protein—a regular three-ounce serving provides a whopping 19 grams! They’re also one of the few foods that are considered a “complete protein,” which means that they contain all of the nine essential amino acids your body needs to build and maintain healthy tissue. Pork chops are also an excellent source of many important minerals, including phosphorus and selenium. Phosphorus is critical for healthy cell membranes, bones and teeth, while selenium is essential for enzyme function. In addition, pork chops contain niacin, which helps your body convert fat into energy and assists with cellular communication.  The garlic and spices in this recipe will add flavor and help boost your metabolism, making this an ideal meal for diets and weight loss programs.

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4  1/2-inch thick lean pork chops, boneless
3/4 cup spicy Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp oregano, dried
½ tsp thyme
¼ tsp basil, dried
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pat both sides of each pork chop with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the mustard, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil and spices. When fully combined, dip each pork chop in the mixture, coating both sides. Spread the grated parmesan cheese onto a cutting board or plate and then pat each pork chop into it to cover both sides.

In a broiler pan, broil the pork chops on high. After four to five minutes, turn each chop over and bake for another four to five minutes. The pork chops should be golden brown.   



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