Almond Crusted Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce


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!

Almond Crusted Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Almond Crusted Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and fry the pork chops, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  3. 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.


  1. says

    Tried the pork chops and the jello dessert – love them both! I mostly like ice cream for dessert, so this really hits the spot! hopefully you can have on phase 1??!!

  2. andrew says

    i been low carbing for several months now. maybe not “low” at times, but at least the RIGHT carbs when it wasn’t low. lost 50 lbs and am back in good shape and health! It is really amazing how all these wheat, sugar, and starch carbs can really get a hold of you but once you eliminate them from your diet and see how much better you start looking and feeling, it becomes second nature to say no to bread and sweets, at least for me it was. this recipe looks great for a low carb dinner, sooo gonna try it!

    • joanna says

      Wow Andrew, 50 lbs, that’s awesome! I hope to see the same results as you. I have been feeling way better so I can see that it’s working. I hope you like the recipe! :)

  3. Missy says

    Yummy! These look delicious…I’m making this week, for sure! I’m on the Atkins diet, so I totally feel your pain with the recent loss of carbs! However, it does get easier and once those pounds start flying off, bread is a thing of the past! Thanks for sharing and best of luck on your new healthy lifestyle :)

    • joanna says

      Thanks Missy. I feel like phase 1 of south beach is totally like Atkins but with less fat, I’m doing ok, surprisingly I’m not hungry, I know this won’t last but I’m enjoying it while it does. :)

  4. says

    Are you the JO from my favorite Jocooks? I saw this on Foodgawker and I thought I recognized the “towel”.

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. I have recently gained 40 pounds in one year!!! Mostly from all the food I’ve been cooking for the blog and it sure is depressing not be able to wear my old clothes. I guess I’ll be visiting here often :)

    • joanna says

      LOL that would be me, I was wondering how long it was going to take before someone realized it, didn’t take long at all. :) Thank you, I have been meaning to do this for a long time, but as you say, it’s so hard with a food blog, so I’m going to try and see what happens, it’ll be hard to manage the two blogs and cook separately for them, but I think it’s something I need to do for myself. Blogging about this, keeps me accountable so we’ll see if it works. :)

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