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Fall Pork Chops with Cranberries - Geek Turned Athlete

Fall Pork Chops with Cranberries

I taught my first full spin class tonight.  Let me just say that it was very intense especially b/c my mic decided to die 15 minutes into the class.  Considering it is very late over here, I will have a full recap tomorrow. 🙂

Instead, here were my eats for the day!  For breaky: wonderful pumpkin /banana oats with pb drizzled over the top:DSC03573 This thing kept me full for hours!!!  It honestly felt like a treat while I was having it!DSC03574

For lunch:DSC03583

This salad contained: pine nuts, 2 hard boiled eggs (I don’t know why I have been craving so many eggs lately!), spinach, romaine lettuce, radishes, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, and a champagne vinaigrette.  This was amazing!  It was exactly what I needed to calm me down from wanting to hit my upstairs computer with a baseball bat! 

We have a laptop and a desktop computer.  Since we moved to Germany, we have not used the desktop because I have not had the time to debug the thing.  I’m pretty sure that it has a virus, but Malwarebytes  and Norton 360 is not picking anything up.  It is incredibly slow, and the screen freezes quite frequently making it a very long process to get anything done on it.  I really want to download windows 7 on it, but I have to get it ready for that first.  This means downloading all the service packs and upgrades.  Pain in the butt! 

It was nice to have a break in the day to go exercise as well.  I managed to get in a couple mile run after lunch.  It felt so good to get my legs moving again! 

We got home late from my spin class, but I had this dinner in my head all day: brown rice, garlic sautéed spinach, and cranberry pork chops!  DSC03589

For the cranberries, you will need:

  • a cinnamon stick
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate cherry juice
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries

Combine all the ingredients into a pot, and simmer with lid on for 15 minutes!  Stir every few minutes.  Add more sugar if needed.  Pour over the cooked pork!   I plan on using the leftover cranberries for my oatmeal in the morning!

Sprinkle all of these ground spices over the pork:

  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • black pepper
  • a little salt
  • cloves

Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 12 minutes.  This time will depend on how thick the meat is and if there is a bone in.  We almost always get boneless pork chops.  I bet that you could also try this with tofu and get the same effect except that you might have to bake it longer.  DSC03591


My heart goes out to the people at Fort Hood!  Right now, the totals are 12 people dead, and 31 injured.  What a random shooting, especially at an army post!

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