Spiced Pork Chops with Mango Salad

Spiced portWith the threat of the holidays upon us, I like to begin preparing for the season with some light eating.Here I made lean pork chops that I sprinkled with warm spices and then easily pan seared. The mango salad replaces the classic apple sauce. Fruits and pork just seem to go together, and this version offers with it some brightness and hot spice too.


I find myself turning to pork more often as I am surely going to sprout feathers from all the chicken I tend to reach for. Pork is quite lean and most of what we get in the market has a neutral flavor profile, making it complimentary to spices and flavorings. Pork has been bred during the recent generations to accommodate the American palate, which is to say that we like neutral flavors as opposed to too gamey. As a result we don’t see a variety of breeds offered at the butchers. Pork farming has become relatively homogenous. 

Savvy chefs and food lovers have been seeking out small family farmers who have begun to cultivate lesser known breeds with more expansive flavor profiles. There is little romance on the factory farm- as you may have heard- so when given the chance, PLEASE seek out and support your local farmers. Aside from the joys of an expanded taste profile to choose from, we should be doing all we can to preserve and cultivate an array of breeds. Nature creates diversity, we should be protecting and nurturing it.

Spiced Pork with Mango Salad ~ A Stack of DishesIf you’re so inclined, make a larger batch of the spice mix to keep on hand. The combo is great to rub onto chicken- if you happen to be one of those who has succumbed to the  sprouted feathers.

Spiced Pork Chops with Mango Salad
A mixture of warm spices is rubbed into the pork chops, then pan roasted. Mango salad replaces the traditional applesauce, and the chili adds some zing.
361 calories
28 g
88 g
15 g
30 g
3 g
313 g
541 g
23 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361
Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 88mg
Sodium 541mg
Total Carbohydrates 28g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 23g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb of lean boneless pork chop, thinly sliced
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  4. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  7. cooking spray
  8. 2 ripe mangos, chopped, about 2 cups
  9. 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  10. 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  13. 1 scallion sliced
  14. 1/2 cup mint leaves
  1. Rinse the pork and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl combine the spices, then sprinkle evenly on both sides of the pork chops. Set aside to rest while making the mango salad.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the lime juice, canola oil, chili and salt and stir thoroughly. Add the mango and toss. Set aside.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray then add the chops, cooking for 2-3 minutes on each side until done. No need to cook the chops to within an inch of their lives. A little pink is both healthy and delicious.
  5. Divide the pork and mango salad between four plates, then sprinkle salad with scallions and mint, then serve.
  1. Serve with some jasmine rice for a complete meal.
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Chocolate Oat Cookies: and a visit to NYC

Chocolate Oat Cookies~A stack of dishes.comI needed me a fix. I needed some grit and grime and short attention spans. I needed to walk briskly down sidewalks that required stealth navigation, and I needed the outrageous roar of the subway. I needed a dose of NYC.

Not desiring or requiring anything particular as a gift for my upcoming birthday, I requested a ticket to take me back to the concrete canyons, so that I could spend a long weekend hanging with my kids, and getting my fix on.

My beautiful wife joyfully indulged me.

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I love both of these sentiments!

We spent our time walking the streets like tourists, an act I never fully enjoyed as a full time citizen. We wandered flea markets, perused specialty stores, nibbled and drank. My “kids” are all in their 20’s now- beautiful grown adults. It was a marvel simply to move with them, observe them taking in the world as whole people. We laughed and told stories, walked with arms linked or around waists, and took it all in together. Of course I still felt like mother duck parading along with my littles in tow, and what a delicious feeling that is. [Read more…]

Sorghum Salad

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 After a week in Seattle followed by a long weekend in NYC, I am now focused and determined to get down to some clean and healthy eating. This Sorghum Salad is a good start as it is a nutritional powerhouse and quite delicious.

Sorghum is an old grain that has great importance in poor countries in places like Africa, but it’s not thought of as something that would make it onto the average American table- until now. I had always thought of sorghum as something they only made molasses with.

This gluten free grain has a chewy texture similar to wheat berries, but to my taste it’s a little milder. It’s versatile enough to use in a cold salad like this one, or exchange it for rice or couscous in warm dishes, even soups. The pearls are about the same size as Israeli couscous, but you get a whole lot of nutritional value for the same texture and feel. They’re also gluten free for those looking for an alternative grain.

Sorghum may also be popped like popcorn, and it’s wonderful!! The kernels are smaller and so make petite little puffs. As a result you can’t eat them one by one with corn, but rather scoop them up by the handful. Fun! Since many folks can be sensitive to corn, this is a fantastic alternative.

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I was generously given some sorghum by Bob’s Red Mill at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) and was really looking forward to trying it. I really didn’t know what to expect at first and I was delighted by how easy and yummy these are. [Read more…]