Pork Chops and Sauteed Mushrooms with Spinach

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Quick and easy dinner in 30 minutes! These pork chops are juicy and tender and get a zesty spin through an orange zest. Sauteed mushrooms and spinach can be served as a side dish or as an entree with grain. It also makes a great filling for omelets if you have any leftovers. Pick your favorite mushrooms for this dish. I used beech mushrooms this time. They have a slightly crunchy texture and a nutty flavor.

Serves 2

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 1 day of marinading

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork chops

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey

Directions:

  1. Rinse pork chops with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Prepare the marinade by mixing all of its ingredients in a large container. Rub pork chops on both sides with marinade. Cover and marinade for 1 day in the refrigerator. Turn the chops once during this time.
  3. Preheat grill on high heat, or turn on the oven grill or broiler until very hot.
  4. Brush the chops with olive oil and place on the grill. Grill for 4-6 minutes on each side, turning occasionally. The chops should be seared on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Mushroom and Spinach:

  • 7 oz mushrooms ( I used Beech mushrooms but you can use your favorite mushrooms)
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 oz baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon dill weed
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet and saute onions on medium high for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, dill weed and nutmeg and cook for another 7-10 minutes until golden brown and mushrooms are tender. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for another minute. Add spinach and saute for another 2 minutes until spinach is wilted. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Enjoy!

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