Almond Crusted Pork Chops
I read a really good article today. Well, it wasn't really an article. More of a post about a guy who was "pissed". And I totally get it. I'm pissed to.
Read his spin here.
Read my spin here...
Let's go back a few weeks ago. I'm sitting in STS getting my oil changed. Dr. Oz is on the TV. A whole crap load of women are in the audience, ALL in bikinis. And of course, they all want to "get skinny" and "look good" and blah blah. So what does Dr. Genious do? Gives them some concoction of vinegar, eye of newt, toad piss, nail of a witch, and a rose leaf to be beautiful. What ever the hell it was, I was disgusted to over hear this going on. And the massive amount of women that were influenced by the piece of crap.
Now to today. I'm hanging out on Facebook (yes, I have an addiction), and I read about a post from a friend about eating shrimp and stomaching it for the first time. It just so happened to be the first time he tried it fried. Fail number one. Fail number two might not be so obvious, so let me paint the picture. This friend has recently lost almost 200 pounds. Through exercise mainly, I'm not sure about the diet. But somethingggg tells me a clean diet wasn't on par with that. I mean, if I recently lost 200 pounds, I might take a look at something deep fried and think that it might not be the best idea. Granted, we don't shun fat here in the Naked Kitchen. But we shun deep-vegetable-oil fried, breaded crap food.
Education people. It took me less than a month to learn 80% of the information I know on clean eating. The rest of what I know has trickled in here and there, but really it's that first month that I learned what makes the difference. Do me, and all your friends and family, a favor, and share a few tidbits of knowledge with them. Send them a link to Mark's Daily Apple. Share Nom-Nom Paleo's Facebook page with them. Cook them a goddamn paleo meal and AFTER they devour it, lay on the knowledge about the health benefits of eating a perfectly paleo meal. And how goddamn easy it is.
Whew. Now that's off my chest. Let's cook, shall we?!?
Almond Crusted Pork Chops
- 4 pork chops, about 3/4" thick
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper, divided
- 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- Fat of choice
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Whisk egg and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper in a bowl
Mix almond meal, thyme, and the rest of the salt and pepper in another bowl/shallow dish
Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil
Dredge pork chop in egg bath then press into almond meal mix
Heat fat of choice (I used coconut oil) over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet (or some kind of skillet. But you should probably stay away from non-stick)
Sear pork chops for about 2 minutes a side, until crust is formed (probably need to do in batches, adding more fat as needed)
Put chops in the baking sheet and cook in oven until done, about 20 minutes depending on thickness (internal temp about 140)