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Pork Chops in Parmesan Crust with Mustard Bechamel Sauce

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Ingredients

Pork Chops
4 pieces Pork Chops
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp, dried Parsley
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
a pinch Garlic Salt
Bechamel
2 cups Milk
3 tbsp Plain Flour
3 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Parmesan
3 tsp Mustard
1/2 tsp Rosemary
a pinch Salt
a pinch White Pepper
a pinch Nutmeg
Skinny Bechamel
1 cup Milk
2 tbsp Plain Flour
2 tsp Mustard
2 tbsp Parmesan
1/3 tsp Onion powder
1/3 tsp Rosemary
a pinch Nutmeg

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Pork Chops in Parmesan Crust with Mustard Bechamel Sauce

How I started eating healthier

  • 40 min
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Directions

This is one of those posts where I start talking about eating healthy. “What, you post pork chops and you talk about losing weight? You crazy?” Yes, I do, because it’s important for me to let it out and maybe to help some other people realise that changing a few eating habits will bring them success in feeling better and getting rid of the extra weight.

And one more thing before I start talking about my diet and other stuff: eating healthy doesn’t mean salad all day long or only cucumber with sea salt, it also doesn’t mean that you have to throuw away your oil and butter, and please don’t stay away from nice pork chops like these. Just be careful how, what and when you eat and cook. As simple as that!

Sometimes we love a hearty, rich, full of calories dinner. Yes, we are trying to cut on the sweet things and we try to become fit and healthy and bla, bla, bla. But the pork chops are in offer and I still have some parmesan left in the house, this means that I just have to make this recipe. It’s not a fatso, but it’s not a skinny as well. So if you are afraid that only looking at it you will gain weight, than try to stay away from the Bechamel sauce and make another, lighter version.

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But don’t be afraid to give yourself a little pleasure food from time to time. This recipe is already less fat than others, because these chops are made in the oven with very little oil, and the only danger could be the roasted potatoes that you see there in the corner. Again, if you afraid no to gain, stick only to the mushrooms baked in 1 tsp of olive oil. I am talking about calories and fats, I usually hate this subject, because I noticed that some changes in our diet helped me to lose almost 5 kg in one month and feel way better, without exercising hard or starving myself. So, what I learned from my own experience:

  1. Our one week diet includes: 1 day fish, 2 days potatoes (side dish), 1 day rice (main or side dish), 1 day pasta (main or side dish), 1 day chicken. only one 1 day of “bad” food topped with a dessert and lots of salad next to meat and sidedish. This means that in one day we will eat some fish with boiled veggies or rice, one day pasta with minced meat, sauce and cheese, one day rice with chicken or beef, one day chicken with polenta or potatoes and Sunday whatever we want. Before we started watching our weight and budget we ate potatoes almost everyday, lots of things from the frying pan, lots of fried meat and a lot of cream. Because, hey, Romanian cuisine is all about tasty fat and cream!
  2. Drink more liquids: not by schedule, just everytime I pass the sink in the kitchen or the fridge with bottled water, a few sips. I manage now to drink almost 2 liters just following this habit.
  3. Eat a fruit. Whatever I like or whatever is in offer, I grab one-two pieces and eat them in the morning or in the midday.
  4. Less butter, less oil. The recipe says – fry in butter and oil – I try to figure out a way to only lightly coat in butter or oil and fry, or put in the oven and bake. Sometimes it’s impossible to do this and I don’t over do it. If the food is good in oil, let it be good in oil.
  5. Just eat less! It’s too fat or am I scared that I will gain weight? I jast less of it. Our plates are huge, like giant and it’s very tempting to fill them up, but slowly and in time I got used to reduce the portions to reach the amount that my stomach needs and not more. Yes, OK, sometimes one extra spoon, because it’s super-mega delicious.
  6. Less bread. Yes, Dutch people eat everything on bread. Like everything, in the morning, for lunch, for dinner, anytime. And I got caught in this habit, because it’s easy and it’s very tasty with the salads that we have over here. Now I try to stay away from bread as much as I can, but if I crave for bread I eat bread. I am not punishing myself here!
  7.  More veggies. Way more veggies. I live with two meat-lovers and they would eat meat everyday. And guess what the favourite combination is? Meat + potatoes + mayonnaise! And this recipe gained me over 15 kg in one year! Now I try to make sauces based on vegetables, I add a lot vegetables through the rice and pasta and now my meat has dates with other veggies as well. Cheater!
  8. I don’t keep myself away from food. I love to cook and I love to experiment. If I see a recipe or a I have an idea that sound like fat or I try to make it less fat or if it’s really impossible, I just make it like that. I love sweets and rich food and I will never be able to cooked super-ultra-mega healthy food. Sorry!
  9. Eat breakfast! Do it, just do it! Fruit, yogurt, muesli, cereals, crackers, something. It will make your digestions go smoothly and you won’t feel bloated anymore.

What do I still have to improve: stop eating sweets everyday, more water and more exercise. Today I started with some fast walking for 3 km and it feels amazing. I hope I can keep doing what I am doing now and slowly see even more results! And please dn’t think that the numbers from above mean any sort of advice. I am just telling you what I changed and what I noticed. But enough about how to lose weight and more about how to gain weight with this recipe… No, just kidding. Let’s eat something nice tonight!

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Steps

1
Done

Pork Chops Moment

Preheat your oven at 200 C. Unwrap you pork chops and gently pat them dry. Using a brush lightly coat the in olive oil, sprinkle over a bit of salt and let them rest.

2
Done

Crust Time

In a shallow dish mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, parmesan and parsley. Take every pork chop that was coated in oil and press on all sides in the cheese mixture.

3
Done

Baking

Place in a baking tray or on you oven rack covered with baking paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top looks golden and inside temperature indicates 65 C.

4
Done

Bechamel, full fat

While you are baking you chops it's time for some sauce making. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and sprinkle the flour over. Cook until light brown. Pour 1 & 1/2 cups of milk in the pan and whisk until thick. Remove from fire and incorporate mustard, rosemary, nutmeg and parmesan. If you think that the consistency is too thick add more milk and whisk. Put back on the fire and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic foil so the surface doesn't make a crust. Serve warm.

5
Done

Skinny Bechamel

Bring 1/2 of the milk to boil in a sauce pan. Add the flour and whisk until no lumps. Cook until thick and incorporate parmesan, onion powder, salt, rosemary and mustard. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. Cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic foil so the surface doesn't make a crust. Serve warm.

Adriana

I am Adriana and I love food, as you can probably see from what I cook. I like to bake and I like to experiment with new tastes, and my 2016 resolution is to try to cook healthy and special meals every day.

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