Pan Seared Pork Chops and Green Beans
Sometimes I make a dinner that has a lot of ingredients and several steps to complete the meal. Other times, I want a simple meal that takes me under 30 minutes. Throughout my clean eating, there are times a complicated meal just sounds like a lot of effort, especially after working a full day at work. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking, but clean eating is about what works best to suit my needs and keeps me from driving through Taco Bell on my way home. So, I find that a simple cut of meat and one side dish of vegetables hits the spot and leaves me feeling satisfied. That is exactly what this meal was for me - a pan seared pork chop, seasoned with just salt and pepper, paired with green beans cooked in olive oil, garlic salt and pepper - simple, easy and fast.
1 boneless pork chop
1/2 pound of green beans, trimmed and washed
1 garlic clove, minced
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a cast iron pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-medium high heat. Salt and pepper one side of the pork chop and place that side down in the pan. Go ahead and salt and pepper the other side of the pork chop. I seared this first side well, and cooked it for 10-12 minutes. The meat was about 2/3 done by the time I flipped it (watch the side of the pork chop, you will see the cooked portion rising through the meat); once the pork chop is flipped, cook for another 5-7 minutes. Once the pork chops are cooked, remove from the pan and set on a wooden cutting board for about 5 minutes. You want to let the meat rest before you cut into it.
Fun fact - having a cast iron bacon press works great for making sure your meat does not curl up (think about how bacon curls and then does not cook evenly, same concept for meat with fat on it). I LOVE this bacon press, not only because it it useful, but because it is a pig shaped bacon press. Come on, admit it, its cute.
While your meat is cooking, go ahead and prep a non-stick skillet for your green beans. Trim and wash the beans and add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Cook the green beans for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes. Salt and pepper the green beans. Go ahead and plate your green beans, add a pork chop and enjoy!