Pork---It's whats for dinner!

When you are on a diet and trying to eat healthier, the first things that come to mind when you think of healthy meat is boneless, skinless chicken breast, and fish. I don't think of pork as being healthy. When I think of pork the first things that come to mind are sausages and fat.

Boy am I wrong.  Pork can be a very healthy meat and if prepared the right way can be quite delicious. On average, the most common cuts of pork today have 16% less fat than the same cuts from over 20 years ago. And according to USDA data, most cuts from the loin – think succulent loin chops and bone-in sirloin roast – are actually leaner than skinless chicken thighs. That means it is a good choice for someone who is dieting--like me and my husband.

That is why I was so excited to be invited to be part of the Pork(R) Be Inspired(R) Bzz Campaign!

In my bzz kit I received:
  • Coupon for $5 off pork for me
  • Coupons for $1 off pork to share with family and friends
  • newsletters about pork with recipes
  • a digital meat thermometer
  • recipes
  • a nifty brush to brush on marinades while cooking the pork
I used my coupon to buy a package of 4 large bone in pork chops at my local Kroger store. After the coupon I spent $0.08 on the package! YAY!!!

Now I like my pork baked, so I brought the pork home, added some seasonings to it, and baked it in an oven bag along with some tomatoes and carrots. I loved that I didn't have to guess when it was done because I just popped the thermometer in one of the chops and it was 150 degrees. The new guidelines for cooking pork are to have your pork measure 145 degrees (that is for chops, tenderloin and roasts. Ground pork should always be cooked to 160° F and pre-cooked ham can be reheated to 140° F). I let the chops rest for a few minutes before serving and that made the difference. Upon serving, the chops were moist and juicy and delicious. And best of all they were HEALTHY! Yay!
I will definitely be buying and making them more often.

I forgot to take a pic of the pork right out of the oven, so here is what we had leftover.

I just made them the way that my family likes this time just so I could get a good feeling about how the new guidelines work. Next time I think I might try a different recipe! There are lots of places on-line to find different recipes for pork. Some of these places include:
So next time you are looking for a healthy meat to feed your family, go grab some pork and Be Inspired!

Disclaimer: I was sent coupons and products from Bzzagent.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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