Whole30 Fried Pork Chops

Food, GF, Whole30
Fried pork chops, roasted red potatoes, and green beans

Okay y’all, these pork chops DO NOT taste gluten free/grain free/healthyish. I promise you won’t miss traditional flour in this dish. Holy yum! I tested the final batch while my parents were eating dinner with us and my mom, who typically eats little to no meat, ate her whole pork chop! If you know my mom that is a BIG compliment. *Brushes dirt off shoulders*

Seriously though, I modeled these pork chops off of my husband’s legendary fried pork chops. He said last night these were “easily the best fried pork chops I’ve ever had.” Going to pretend for a brief moment my mother-in-law totally isn’t reading this. Shhhh. No one tell her!

Okay, I’ll stop talking these up and get to the nitty gritty. You’ve seriously GOT to try this recipe out ASAP! Pair it with some red potatoes and your favorite green veggie and you’re set! It would seem like the breading would make these so that they aren’t good leftovers…but that assumption is wrong. They reheat very well so those bulk packages of pork chops are your friend here! To keep that perfect crispiness, just reheat in a cast iron skillet.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/flour (you’ll see it marked both ways)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 pounds of pork chops

Procedure:

  1. Prepare a dredging station with two medium prep bowls – I like mine to be near my stove so I can just pop the prepared chop right into the pan.
  2. In the first prep bowl, stir two eggs until even in yellowish color and yolks are completely broken up.
  3. In the second prep bowl, add arrowroot flour, almond flour, salt, and pepper. Mix well until the mixture is even.
  4. If your pork chops are slimy or wet, use a paper towel to try them off – this will help the breading to stick better!
  5. Dip the chops in egg, allowing the excess egg to drip off.
  6. Dip the chops in flour mixture, being sure to coat the pork chop evenly.
  7. Drop that baby right into the skillet and let it sizzle! Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes for thin pork chops or 3-5 minutes for thicker chops. (When in doubt, use a thermometer and be sure it reaches at least 145 degrees fahrenheit.)
  8. Continue cooking until all chops are cooked, letting the completed pork chops land on a plate with a paper towel covering it or a cooling rack.

I truly hope you’ll give this recipe to try. It’s a really good one!! Pork chops are so great for weeknights because they cook up quickly, saving you precious weeknight time. They’re also great for entertaining because it’s an economical cut of meat!

No matter why you decide to try it, just do it! Be sure to share the recipe and let everyone know how you like it. Especially helpful if you share with someone who is Gluten/Grain Free!

As always, share your creations using #biteswithbeth and tagging me @bethannsbites on instagram.

Cauli-Potato Mash

Food, GF, Uncategorized, Whole30

This Whole30 compliant side dish is equal parts healthy and creamy!! This cauli-potato mash has been a lifesaver for meal prep and family dinner while John and I complete a Whole30. (We’re currently 19 days in and still holding strong!) This Whole30 Cauli-Potato Mash pairs well with almost anything you’d make for dinner! It preps well to eat all week and pairs expertly with my Secret Ingredient Swedish Meatballs as pictured above! If you haven’t made them yet, go try them out!

Now, I’m sure you cauliflower haters are thinking this sounds disgusting, but you honestly can’t taste the difference! You can ask my husband – he has picky eating tendencies and enjoyed these SO much. He loved that he was sneaking in a veggie that he doesn’t normally eat on its own too!

Great for meal prep. Great for picky eaters. Just easy, healthy, and delicious. Go. Try. It.

Ingredients:

  • 4 white potatoes peeled
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen cauliflower
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream (you can use the hard top of a can of full fat coconut milk) – can also sub Nutpods!
  • 3-4 tbsp clarified butter or ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. In a pot, boil water with peeled and cubed potatoes – you want a lot of extra water above the potatoes since you’ll add the cauliflower later! Boil for 10-12 minutes or until nearly fork-tender.
  2. Add frozen cauliflower and allow to boil for 5-7 more minutes until cauliflower is boiled through and potatoes are fully fork-tender.
  3. While cauliflower and potatoes are boiling, roast the two garlic cloves in a skillet. I like to use a cast-iron skillet and allow the sides to brown. This will bring out a sweet flavor profile and really add a delicious garlicky twist to the cauli-potato mash.
  4. Drain potatoes and cauliflower.
  5. Using an immersion blender or mixer, mix all remaining ingredients into the cauliflower and potato mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Continue to mix/blend until the mash is as smooth as you like!
  6. Serve next to your favorite meal for some extra hidden veggies!

Be sure to let me know how you like this recipe! If you enjoy it, share the love with your friends and family on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #biteswithbeth — and tell all of your friends! They need this recipe in their lives too!

Whole30 Aldi Must Haves

Food, Nutrition, Whole30

I decided in late December after finally having the chance to read The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total health and food freedom, to do my first Whole30 in January of 2020. After I mulled over grocery lists, made sad attempts at meal plans, and made several off-hand comments about how difficult this was going to be (I know, I know, “This is NOT hard…”), John decided Whole30 would be a great idea for him as well. I’m very persuasive, obviously.

If you’re currently planning and prepping for your first Whole30, you may be in the “sticker shock” stage that I found myself just a couple weeks ago. Whole30 is a temporary shift in your diet to eliminate problematic things that may be causing food sensitivities and allergies or otherwise not making you feel your best. Unfortunately, many of those things that may not be making us feel our very best are in like, EVERY-thing. This can make buying higher quality alternatives to your normal grocery items seem very expensive.

Not to fear, you don’t need to shop exclusively at trendy health-food stores to get the supplies you’ll need to sustain yourself for the next 30 days, Aldi has our backs.

1.Produce

Aldi has an array of affordable produce. This is especially helpful if you’re attempting a Whole30 in a state with colder weather in the middle of the winter. Although I live in Texas with year-round affordable produce (woohoo!), I remember my days as a broke college student who could only afford the Aldi produce section during the winter months. Aldi often has “club packs” of avocados like you’d find at Sam’s Club for $2-3 less than Sam’s. They carry lots of seasonal fruits and veggies often with organic varieties as well.

2. Nuts

There were a variety of nuts available at Aldi – the thing you want to pay attention to is whether they are dry roasted or if they may contain oils or preservatives that are not Whole30 approved.

I found two versions of pistachios: Roasted with Shells and Shelled. In the true spirit of Whole30, although the shelled option appears convenient, it can turn into a situation where you consume many more Pistachios due to the extreme convenience. Before you know it, you’ve eaten the entire bag of pre-shelled pistachios.

3. Salsa

I found 4 or 5 Casa Mamita varieties of salsa that contained no sugar, sulfites, cornstarch, etc. They carried both a more Artisanal-feeling Organic variety as well as a variety that is not organic and seems comparable to Tostitos Salsa.

4. Hot Sauce

I found this Valentina hot sauce for just over a DOLLAR for the biggest bottle they make! Hot sauce is a great way to add some variety to your recipes later in the month when your routine may feel monotonous.

5. Kombucha

I found this GT’s Kombucha, which is Whole30 approved, for about 50 cents cheaper than I’ve found it in other stores! They have many more varieties of Kombucha but GT’s was the only variety I found at Aldi that had no added sugar and was appropriate for Whole30.

6. Barbacoa and Carnitas – convenience proteins!!

One of the daunting aspects of Whole30 is that it is so much prep from scratch. This can add hours to your kitchen prep time. I was pleasantly surprised to find this compliant Barbacoa and Carnitas that are a good convenience protein to be reheated when you’re low on time.

7. Fresh Meats

I found compliant ground beef, pork chops, stew meat, and various other cuts of beef and pork. Read labels carefully in the meat section! It seems to be of a pretty good quality, especially for the price point. I did note, however, that none of the chicken I saw was compliant as it had preservatives in it that are not Whole30 approved.

8. Bone Broth

Bone broth can extremely expensive and I’ve found many varieties in other stores that have added sugars or unapproved starches. I was pleasantly surprised to find Chicken or Beef Broth for only $2.99. If you find yourself without 6-12 hours to make your own bone broth (hahaha), this is an excellent Whole30 compliant option.

9. Chicken Sausage

I found this Never Any Country Style Chicken breakfast sausage that is Whole30 Compliant! This might make a quick addition to your breakfast before work. Pair it with fruit and potatoes or another vegetable for a balanced breakfast.

10. Olives and Peppers

The Tuscan Garden variety of black olives and Banana Pepper Rings as well as the Specially Selected Kalamata olives are Whole30 compliant. The banana pepper rings are a great find – I looked at the name brand in HEB and it contained noncompliant preservatives plus it was more than a dollar more expensive!

11. Tomato Paste and Sauce

Happy Harvest Tomato Paste and Tomato Sauce are both Whole30 compliant and at an extremely reasonable price point. Watch canned varieties of tomatoes (diced, stewed) carefully, though – I found several that were not compliant!

12. Healthy Fats and Oils

If for nothing else, go to Aldi to stock your pantry with affordable healthy fat sources! I found this Carlini light olive oil (perfect for the Mayo mentioned in the Whole30 book!) as well as several darker varieties of Olive Oil. All of the Olive Oils I looked at in my Aldi were Whole30 approved since they contained only pure olive oil! This Carlini Ghee was an awesome find at only $6.99! There were also several other Whole30 approved fat sources in this section such as coconut oil, coconut manna, and avocado oil. There were several organic versions available as well!

13. Canned Fruits

I was able to find many varieties of canned fruits packed in 100% juice with no added sugar and Whole30 compliant. I also found many varieties of canned fruit packed in syrup so read your labels in this section!!

14. Fun toppings

I found these compliant Marinated Mushrooms and Jalapeno Guacamole that could be fun to add to a meal you have on repeat. These juicy little flavor bombs will add a fun kick to even your most boring meal and they’ll keep you on your Whole30 meal plan!

15. Fruit Juices

I found a great variety of 100% juices at Aldi including pomegranate, black cherry, cranberry, and prune. All of the ones mentioned were Whole30 compliant and can be used to flavor sauces or aide in seasoning meats. To maintain the true spirit of Whole30 they should not be consumed on their own!

16. Frozen Veggies

I found many 16 oz frozen vegetable options for only 99 cents! This is a great way to get your servings of vegetables in on Whole30 without breaking the bank!

This is by no means a conclusive list of Whole30 compliant options that can be found at Aldi! I’m sure there are many other great Whole30 compliant options at your local Aldi store. The key takeaway and one of the many great lessons of Whole30 here, is to read your labels and know what it is you’re looking for or looking to avoid. Aldi also has different varieties regionally so I’d encourage you to go explore your local store today to score some health-conscious deals!

I hope this list was helpful to you! If you’d like to see more posts like this, please leave a comment to let me know!