Pork Chops with Apple Date Shallot Bone Broth Sauce

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share this recipe for a hearty and healthy pork chop dinner that is topped with an amazingly flavorful apple, date, shallot bone broth sauce!

I moved in with my boyfriend last May and even though I was over at his place all the time before I officially moved in,  I want to wow him with a yummy dinner the first weekend I was there as an "official" resident. I had cooked for him plenty of times before, but wanted to make sure he knew that I had game in the cooking department ;) Our schedules vary and we are both pretty busy during the week so I don't cook for him most nights so after I was finally moved in and settled I wanted to have a really nice meal to celebrate being officially moved in!

I ended up cooking pork chops with this apple, date, shallot sauce and my boyfriend officially declared it one of the best things he had ever eaten.  Wohoo! Mission accomplished :) It has been 10 months since I moved in and cooked that meal so I figured it was time to make it again since it got such high approvals the first time around!

It takes just a little bit of prep work to prepare the sauce and the pork, but overall is a pretty simple recipe.  Pair it with some kind of roasted veggie and you have a very hearty and healthy dinner full of flavor!  The sauce that tops these pork chops is SO good. Garlic, shallots, apples and dates all get cooked down together to make a savory yet sweet sauce that compliments the pork so well. 

The sauce gets further flavor AND added health benefits from the Vital Proteins bone broth collagen I used in it! I never knew you could get powdered bone broth before I started using this product from Vital Proteins and now I can't imagine using anything else! I would always waste SO MUCH cooking liquids like bone broth or chicken stock because I would open a whole carton for a recipe...and then not need to use it again before the carton would expire in the fridge 5 days later. So wasteful! With the powdered bone broth all you have to do is mix a scoop with 8oz of water whenever you need bone broth: no waste necessary. As with all collagen products by Vital Proteins, it also includes so many added health benefits including enhanced digestion from better gut health supported by the collagen peptides and better joint health because the hyaluronic acid in bone broth and collagen enhance strength and flexibility in joints!

If you ever need to prove to someone you are a good cook, give this recipe a shot! Hah, my boyfriend would have invited me to move in with him even if I was a terrible cook ;) but luckily cooking is something I really enjoy and I was so happy to serve such a flavorful and healthy meal for us both to celebrate moving in, and glad that it is such a tried and true recipe that 10 months later it turned out delicious again as well!

Nutritional Information

One pork chop with 1/4 of the pan sauce comes out to 408 calories with 12 grams of carbs, 22 grams of fat and 45 grams of protein.

Pork Chops with Apple Date Shallot Bone Broth Sauce
Pork chops served with a flavorful pan sauce full of apples, dates and shallots. Recipe adapted from Guts by Nature
    • 4 8oz Center Cut Pork Chops
    • Salt and Pepper
    • 1 Tbs Coconut Oil
    • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
    • 1 Medium Apple (110g)
    • 4 Dates (28g)
    • 1 Large Shallot (70g)
    • 3 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 Scoop (10g) Vital Proteins Beef Bone Broth
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.Remove skin from the apple and cut into thin slicesChop dates into small piecesPeel and dice shallotSeason pork chops on both sides with salt and pepperMelt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet on medium high heat and cook pork chops for about 5 minutes per side (if you are using thinner pork chops than 8oz, decrease cooking time) Transfer pork chops to the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until 160 degrees. While the pork bakes, reduce heat to medium-low in the skillet and add garlic and shallot and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apple slices and cook until soft – about 2 more minutes. Combine 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Bone Broth with 8oz of hot water. Mix well and then add bone broth, apple cider vinegar and dates to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce gets thick – about 8 minutes. Remove pork chops from the oven and serve each chop with ¼ of the pan sauce on top!
      Prep time: Cook time: Total time: 40 MinutesYield: 4 Servings

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