Lean Pork and Sweet Peppers on Noodles is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner recipe. On the table in 30 minutes or less, using simple & fresh ingredients that you probably already have on hand. There won’t be an extra trip the grocery store for this family-pleasing recipe.
Quick update on the wedding front! I told you in my last post that we were going dress shopping this past weekend…well…
I said YES to the DRESS!!
It just got really real folks! I mean I thought it was real when we picked the venue and set the date. Then when I booked the DJ & the photographer, but I was totally unprepared for just how real it would be when I was wearing my wedding dress!!! Well, it wasn’t my actual dress because we had to order it in my size but now I (kinda) know what I will look like on my wedding day! Eeeks 🙂 And on a quick side note, it is totally wrong that wedding dresses run so small!! I had to order 2 sizes bigger than I usually wear 🙁 I know this is standard but it still erks me!!
So with all of this planning a wedding in 6 months, keeping up with my duties at both my full time “real” job and the nearly full-time requirements of the blog (no, I am not complaining that it is growing), I find myself searching for recipes that are super quick and relatively easy. This Lean Pork and Sweet Peppers on Noodles fits the bill completely!!
I had laid out super lean, boneless pork chops to thaw for dinner, but had no clue what I was going to make with them. I also had a half-used bag of those super cute mini sweet bell peppers that I had picked up from Sam’s that needed to be used…a quick Pinterest search for “pork sweet peppers” and I found this recipe which I knew I could make work for a quick dinner.
I decided that instead of the sage that was called for in the orginal recipe, I would use oregano. With the peppers and the tomatoes, I like that flavor combination for this Lean Pork and Sweet Peppers on Noodles verses the sage. I also have an oregano plant in my container garden that is growing like crazy right now and I need to use it or I will loose it.
I opted for a can of diced tomatoes instead of the fresh tomato because of Dad’s tomato allergy. He is allergic to raw tomatoes but if they are cooked, as in the case of canned tomatoes, he is fine with them. Isn’t that weird? If someone can explain to me how that work, I am all ears 😉
Here is the recipe for Lean Pork and Sweet Peppers on Noodles:
- 1 bag (16 oz.) wide egg white noodles
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 lean, boneless pork chops
- Your favorite all purpose seasoning (I used Montrel Steak Seasoning)
- 6-8 mini sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, orange - use a variety)
- 1 large, sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
- ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Cook egg noodles according to package instructions. Drain, reserved ½ cup starchy cooking water and return the noodles to the pot with the starchy cooking water and butter to keep them from sticking. Keep warm.
- Heat 1 tbsp. of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle both sides of each pork chop with seasoning and add to skillet once it is hot.
- Cook pork chops 3-4 minutes per side (depending on their thickness) or until browned on both sides.
- Removed cooked pork chops from skillet and set aside, keeping them warm by placing a piece of aluminum foil over them.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet. Add bell peppers, onions, garlic and oregano to the skillet and saute for 4-5 minutes or until the veggies are slightly softened.
- Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper to the skillet and bring to a boil.
- Add back in the pork chops and cook until the pork chops are cooked through and no pink remains.
- Serve pork chops over a bed of egg noodles with the bell pepper sauce on top.
- You will have extra noodles and bell pepper sauce, which can make a lovely light lunch the next day.
What is your favorite healthy, weeknight pork recipe?