Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pork Chops with Apples and Cider Recipe

This was a good recipe made a few weeks ago. Of course I didn't make it! lol. Matt made it for me. I'm sure the recipe can be adjusted slightly to make it more healthy but it was pretty healthy considering the way he normally cooks. And it was delicious!

1 tablespoon oil
2 onions, sliced
2 golden delicious apples, cored and cut into wedges
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter
4 pork chops
1/3 cup cider
1/3 cup cream

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the onion and try for about 5 minutes, or until soft and just beginning to brown. Tip the onion out onto a plate. Add the apple wedges to the pan and try them for a minute or two - they should not break up, but should start to soften and brown. Add the sugar and butter and shake everything around in the pan until the apples start to caramelize. Transfer the apples to the plate with the onion.

Put the pork chops in the drying pan, add a bit of seasoning and try them until they are cooked through. Put the onion and apple back in the pan and heat them up, then add the cider and bring to a simmer. Once the liquid is bubbling, add the cream and shake the pan so everything mixes together. Let it bubble for a minute, then season well and serve with potatoes and a green salad.

So, how did Day 1 go for me. Well, it went mostly good except for some late snacking. Ok. I know what I need to work on. That's why I tried to start over this week instead of waiting until the 1st. I need to work out the kinks!!

I'm thinking about signing up for the monthly pass for weight watchers again. I still go to the meetings but I don't pay because I'm lifetime, which means, I also don't get e-tools unless I pay for that too. But right now, I'm above my goal weight and will have to pay when I go in anyway. So that's why I'm thinking about just getting the monthly pass until I get back down to my goal weight.

It's either that or just pay for e-tools and pay for the weeks I go in to the meetings above my goal weight. Hm...maybe I'll do that? I'm so undecided. I think I probably should try the monthly pass again for a few months.

The new program requires a lot of work. I'm pulling out my books and calculators trying to figure out the points I'm eating. I also decided to make a short cheat sheet for some standard things I've eaten that have gone up in points. That way, it's not so difficult to figure out the points all the time.

Have those of you doing the new weight watchers plans come up with some good short cut ways to know the new points? Have you made any great delicious recipes with the new points system? Any good tricks of the trade to help a fellow WWer out??


  1. Since I hadn't been on the old program for so long, I am treating the PointsPlus as a fresh start.

    I have the monthly pass, and LOVE eTools - not only to track my points, but activity, etc. So far all of my meals I am entering in the recipe builder - so every time I have my egg/ham/cheese breakfast sandwich, I don't have to keep entering, 1 egg, 1 ounce ham, 1 ounce cheese, etc.

    I didn't weigh in my second week because of Christmas, but am going on Thursday this week, then back to my normal Saturdays. I lost 2.6 the first week - by eating all the 29 points each day, all the 49 flex points, but none of the activity points. I figure those are my "buffer" points in case I've underestimated my points.

    I am hoping to put all the points (and 300+ recipes NOT on my recipe index!) by the end of January.

  2. I think its a shame that lifetime members need to pay for etools...at the very least, make the recipe builder available for ALL members...maybe give a code at the meetings or something.

    I pay for the monthly pass...so I can get the recipe builder. But you know, you could just go onto sparkrecipes, they have a pretty decent FREE nutrition calculator and then once you have the nut stats, you can calculate out the points+.

    I have felt kind of burdened by the "work" of it all during such a busy time of year...I hope to do better this week and next. :)

  3. Great ideas guys. Thanks for the suggestions.