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Weight Watchers Balsamic Pineapple Pork Chops Recipe for Instant Pot Weight Watchers Balsamic Pineapple Pork Chops Recipe for Instant Pot

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Weight Watchers Balsamic Pineapple Pork Chops Recipe for Instant Pot

Written by: Emily Smith

This is my go-to recipe when I crave something tangy and savory. The balsamic and pineapple blend beautifully, creating a sauce that makes these pork chops absolutely irresistible. It's a real crowd-pleaser!

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This recipe takes me right back to summer barbecues - tangy balsamic vinegar combining with sweet pineapple juice to create a sauce that's a taste sensation. After one bite of these tender pork chops, you'll understand why this dish is a hit with both the kids and adults in my family. It's not just a meal, it's an experience, a delicious adventure you won't soon forget. I promise, these aren't your everyday pork chops!

Ingredients for Balsamic Pineapple Pork Chops

  • Boneless pork chops: Tender and lean cuts of meat that cook quickly and absorb flavors well, perfect for this dish.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Adds a tangy sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish, balancing the richness of the pork and pineapple.
  • Pineapple juice: Infuses a tropical sweetness and acidity to the dish, complementing the balsamic vinegar and enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Provides a savory umami depth to the dish, adding complexity and richness to the sauce for the pork chops.
  • Garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic flavor to the dish, enhancing the savory profile and overall depth of taste.
  • Ginger: Offers a warm and spicy kick to the dish, balancing the sweetness of the pineapple and balsamic vinegar.
  • Olive oil: Used for browning the pork chops and adding a hint of richness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Helps thicken the sauce, creating a glossy and velvety texture to coat the pork chops beautifully.

Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork chops quickly and efficiently without compromising flavor or tenderness.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping and handling the pork chops easily while browning them in the Instant Pot.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode, add olive oil, and brown pork chops on both sides.
  4. Pour balsamic-pineapple mixture over pork chops.
  5. Close the lid, set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  6. Quick release pressure, remove pork chops, and set aside.
  7. Mix cornstarch and water, add to the sauce in the Instant Pot to thicken.
  8. Serve pork chops with sauce, garnish with parsley.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 320 kcal | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 12 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 500 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Make-Ahead and Freezing Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Marinate the pork chops in the balsamic-pineapple mixture in a resealable bag in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • Brown the pork chops as instructed, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days before finishing the recipe.

Freezing Instructions

  • Marinate the pork chops in the balsamic-pineapple mixture, then freeze in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw the pork chops overnight in the refrigerator before cooking as directed.

One interesting fact about this recipe is that marinating the pork chops in a mixture of balsamic vinegar and pineapple juice helps tenderize the meat and infuse it with a sweet and tangy flavor. This unique combination of ingredients creates a delicious and unexpected twist on traditional pork chops. So, don't be afraid to experiment with different marinades to elevate your dishes!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:
Can I use frozen pork chops for this recipe?
Yes, you can use frozen pork chops, but you may need to adjust the cooking time in the Instant Pot.
Can I substitute the balsamic vinegar with another type of vinegar?
You can substitute balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a different flavor profile.
Is there a substitute for pineapple juice?
If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice or apple juice as a substitute.
Can I make this recipe without an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make this recipe on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, adjusting the cooking times accordingly.
How can I make this recipe lower in sodium?
To reduce sodium, opt for low-sodium soy sauce and adjust the amount of salt added to the dish.

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