I survived Day 1 of Phase I of the South Beach Diet. I hope I can survive another 13 days. What can I say? I love my carbs, I love the smell of hot bread, I love sugar in my coffee, I love chocolate, oh how I love chocolate.
I must snap out of it! This can’t be good for me. I have to think pure, get all the bad foods out of my mind, but oh how good they are, makes me drool just thinking about them!
Enough! Ok I’ll tell you how I did on day 1. Not bad, drank lots of water, stuck to the diet, didn’t cheat once. God bless my husband who is so supportive he is doing this with me. If he’s cheating at least I don’t know that, but he’s eating everything I cook and not once has he said he’s missed bread.
Was I hungry? Not really, if I felt hunger, I would snack on some cashews and drink lots of water. That’s another one of my struggles, water! You see I love my coke zero, and I could drink that thing like there’s no tomorrow.
On day 1 I made this. I ate this. It was so good it was ridiculous. I wish I had some bread to dip in that sauce but hey, nobody’s perfect.
This was the first time I had cooked with almond meal, you can find it in the same section in your grocery store with the gluten free flour. I have to say I loved it on these pork chops, I wanted to lick the almond flour that’s how good it was. I can think of so many uses for this wonderful flour. Just wait and see!
Don’t these pork chops look ah-maaazing! They sure do! Now this is what you do with them. Take a meat mallet and take out your frustrations on them pork chops. Beat the crap out of them. You’ll see how much better you’ll feel after. Trust me here. Oh and don’t forget to season them plenty with salt and pepper.
And now comes my favorite part, you dredge them through that yummy almond meal and make sure there’s plenty of it on those chops. Fry these puppies and make this yummy-licious sauce with the leftover bits from the pork chops, add some heavy cream, a bit of dijon mustard, some oregano, season with a bit of salt and pepper and throw in there a bit more of that almond meal and oh my Lord! You end up with this ridiculous gravy that you just want to slather all over your face. It’s a good thing. You’ll see.
And did I mention this is totally Phase I friendly?? Oh yeah, baby! Bring it on!
- 4 pork chops, fat trimmed
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp almond meal
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp dry oregano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Add 1 cup of almond meal to a shallow plate and dredge the pork chops through it.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and fry the pork chops, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
- In the same skillet add the half and half (heavy cream), mustard, almond meal and oregano. Bring to a boil and whisk constantly. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. After the sauce comes to a boil cook for 2 more minutes.
This recipe is perfect for South Beach Diet Phase I, II, III.