Easy Caramelized Honey Pork Chops with Veggies

avatarFelicia Lim

These one-pan, blackened skillet pork chops mingle with five different sautéed veggies for a fuss-free meal.

These pork chops are marinated in a spice blend of cumin, black pepper, garlic, turmeric, and honey. The natural sweetness of the honey balances out the savory spices and helps the pork chops caramelize.

Meanwhile, a cast-iron skillet does the rest of the work, distributing heat evenly and creating a nice char on the meat.

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Pair these blackened pork chops with a sautéed five-vegetable medley that includes cauliflower, green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, and kale.

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Why Do You Need A Cast-iron Skillet?

Cast-iron skillets are the ideal tool for blackening meat and sautéeing veggies, and with proper care, they’ll last for ages.

The first step to caring for your cast-iron skillet? Season it well. You’ll do this when it’s new, or if it’s built up a layer of rust. Seasoning involves baking in oil to your skillet to create a non-stick coating, and letting it cure to lock that coating in.

If your skillet becomes rusted, don’t worry. Simply use a piece of steel wool to scrape off the rust, wash it clean with hot water, and dry it. Then, re-season it.

To avoid the issue of rust altogether, clean your cast iron skillet with hot water, but skip the soap and detergent, as it will destroy the skillet’s natural protective coating. Always dry your skillet immediately after washing it.

Helpful Tips To Get You Started:

  • Love spice? If you want to add a little heat, add a teaspoon of red chili powder to the marinade mix.
  • No honey, no problem! If you don’t have honey, maple syrup works just as well. Any natural sugar will help caramelize the pork chops.
  • Up the marinating time. We call for a quick, 10-minute marinade in this recipe, but you can marinate this dish up to four hours ahead of time.
Felicia Lim

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time

Total time:35 mins

Inactive Time:10 mins 10 minutes

Cook Time:20 mins 20 minutes

Prep Time: 5 mins 5 minutes

Nutrition facts:37 grams of protein53 grams of carbohydrates29 grams of fat

Easy Caramelized Honey Pork Chops with Veggies

Recipe by:author Felicia Lim

These one-pan, blackened skillet pork chops mingle with five different sautéed veggies for a fuss-free meal.

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Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Raw honey (Bee Farms)
Cold pressed coconut oil (Viva Naturals)

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