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I want to serve my family meals that are wholesome – but I also want to make sure that I serve the meals we know and love. Luckily it is not hard to make some simple swaps that help make family favorite meals guilt free, as I did in this recipe for Pork Chop and Stuffing Skillet. One of the changes I made in this recipe is to swap out extra virgin olive oil and replace it with Mazola® Corn Oil. I feel good about making this change for my family. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.
In addition to using corn oil I also made some other swaps to make the meal even better for us. For example, I chose turkey sausage instead of pork sausage for the stuffing. I went with spicy turkey sausage because my family and I love spicy foods, but sweet would be delicious also. Turkey sausage makes the dish less fatty with no loss of taste.
I also added lots more delicious extra ingredients to the stuffing. The original recipe simply used a green pepper, but for this lighter recipe I swapped that for a red pepper, and then added an onion, celery and an apple. I love serving apples with pork, and adding one to the stuffing gives the recipe an extra burst of sweetness, which tastes amazing with the spicy sausage. The extra vegetables and fruit means extra fiber and flavor.
Even with these changes the recipe is still a simple family meal that is quick and easy to put together. It is all made in one cast iron skillet, which means fewer dishes to wash! The pork chops are browned in the corn oil, and then the same skillet is used to cook the sausage and vegetables. To keep the meal simple I combined the extra ingredients with a box of stuffing mix and then put the skillet in the oven to bake.
While the pork and stuffing skillet cooked I made a simple green salad to complement the meal and dinner was ready. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish and I had a wholesome dinner on the table the entire family could enjoy! And thanks to the versatile cast iron pan clean up is also quick and easy.
Lighter Pork Chop and Stuffing Skillet
- 1 Tablespoon Mazola® Cooking Oil
- 4 thin bone in pork chops
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 oz turkey or chicken sausage
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 apple peeled and chopped
- 2 stalk of celery sliced
- 1 box stuffing mix
- 1 1/4 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Heat an oven proof skillet over medium heat.
- Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Add the corn oil to the skillet and brown the pork chops for about 2 minutes on each side, until they are lightly brown.
- Remove the pork chops, cover and set aside to keep warm.
- Add the sausage to the skillet and stir until it is no longer pink.
- Add the red pepper, onion, apple and celery to the skillet with the sausage cook for 5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
- Remove the skillet from the heat. Add stuffing mix and water and stir until well mixed.
- Arrange the pork chops on top of the stuffing mix, cover the skillet with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and no longer pink.
Cooking with Mazola Corn Oil just makes sense. It is has no additives, and a neutral taste, so the natural flavor of your food comes through and stands out. It also has a higher smoke point than most cooking oils at 450°F, which makes it excellent for all kinds of cooking, including stir-frying, stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and baking. That is especially good for a meal like this one that combines cooking methods and goes from the stove top to the oven. Exceeding a cooking oil’s smoke point will negatively affect the food’s flavor and nutritional value. Also,all Mazola oils are cholesterol free and have become a healthful tradition that has been trusted by Americans for years.
So check out Mazola.com for more information on the benefits of corn oil and to find more ideas for simple swaps you can make for your favorite family meals.