Eat The List: Recipes

Posted on January 28, 2010 
Filed Under Eat The List, Eat The List: Recipes, High School Reunion Diet Blog

Winter Chops with Cherry Tomatoes

Just because it’s not the season, that doesn’t mean you should forego the stupendous health benefits of the cooked tomato.  Though even ketchup and pizza sauce will give you the superb antioxidant protection of the tomato’s abundant lycopene, often what’s served underneath the sauce doesn’t do much for your waistline or your health.  Learn to use tomatoes in new and inventive ways even when you’re not getting them fresh from your garden. This simple recipe delivers the goods, with the added health benefits of the onion—proven to help protect against many forms of cancer if eaten on a regular basis.  (For all the details on both of these star vegetables, see The Lists section of The High School Reunion Diet.)  Recipe serves 4.

Prep

4 Pork chops

1 Medium onion, sliced thin

2 pints red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

3 Tablespoons of olive oil

1      Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar

2     Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1)   Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat.   Sauté the sliced onion until translucent and lightly browned.  Transfer to a bowl.

2)   Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium-high heat, then sauté chops until browned and just cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side.  Transfer chops to a platter.

3)   Return the onions to the pan, add the tomatoes and sauté together over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  Spread on chops and serve.

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