Italian Pork Chops
Recipe from Diabetic Living

The trio of fennel, Italian seasoning, and balsamic vinegar lends authentic Italian flavor to these meaty chops.



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Ingredients
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    1   
    medium onion, chopped
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    6   
    pork rib chops (with bone), cut 1/2 inch thick (about 2-1/2 pounds)
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    2   teaspoons 
    dried Italian seasoning, crushed
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    4   
    cloves garlic, minced
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground black pepper
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    2  14 1/2 ounce can 
    no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
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    2   tablespoons 
    balsamic vinegar
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    2   
    medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
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    2   tablespoons 
    cornstarch
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    2   tablespoons 
    cold water
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    4   ounces 
    dried orzo, cooked according to package directions

Directions
1.
Place onion in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Place half of the pork chops atop onions. Sprinkle with half of the Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. Repeat layering with remaining pork chops, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. Top with undrained tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Add zucchini pieces to cooker.
2.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours.
3.
Using a slotted spoon and tongs, transfer meat and vegetables to a serving platter; cover and keep warm. In a medium saucepan stir together cornstarch and the cold water; stir in cooking juices from cooker. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Serve over meat and vegetables. Serve with orzo.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 279, Fat, total (g) 5, chol. (mg) 60, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 29, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 4, sugar (g) 8, pro. (g) 28, vit. A (IU) 680.26, vit. C (mg) 22.44, Thiamin (mg) 0.52, Riboflavin (mg) 0.38, Niacin (mg) 8.49, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.74, Folate (g) 68.54, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.43, sodium (mg) 323, Potassium (mg) 638, calcium (mg) 80.77, iron (mg) 2.34, Vegetables () 2, Starch () 1, Lean Meat () 3, Carb Choice () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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