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Healthy 'Fuel' Any Player Will Enjoy Before a Game

By James Griesser – Lead Recipe Developer – HelloFresh Canada, 02/07/19, 10:15AM EST


Blending in the necessary vitamins and nutrients to keep players moving

One Pan Pork Chops


Playdowns and end of season wrapups can sometimes add an extra element of stress when it comes to meal planning for hockey families. Parents can make it easier on themselves by trying a new recipe or cooking a new food that can help to break up the day to day stresses. They may even find something that the whole family can fall in love with.

HelloFresh brings healthy, easy-to-make meals to the kitchens of busy hockey families that come with step-by-step instructions. Knowing what you'll be making and how long it will take is information valuable to anybody as busy as a hockey parent by creating stress-free dinners for the week.

Pork chops are high in protein, a necessary nutrient for building and repairing muscles. By grilling the pork chops instead of frying them, you are avoiding excess fat. The quinoa is also a source of protein while adding fiber. Brussel sprouts are high in nutrients including Vitamin C. This dish does a great job of blending in the apples, cranberries and sprouts flavours into the plate for any potential picky eaters.

With just 35 minutes of cook time and six easy steps to enjoy the One Pan Pork Chops, this is a quick recipe that hockey families can enjoy on the go without much change to the everyday schedule.

1. Cook Quinoa

Wash and dry all produce.* In a medium pot, add 2 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, strip 1 tbsp thyme leaves off the stems. Core, then cut the apples into 1/2-inch cubes. In a strainer, rinse the quinoa and drain.

2. Roast Sprouts

Add rinsed quinoa and cranberries to the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, still covered, until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 12-15 min. Meanwhile, on a baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsp oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the middle of the oven, tossing halfway through, until crispy and golden, 12-15 min.

3. Cook Pork

Meanwhile, pat the pork dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and half the thyme. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add 1 tbsp oil. Panfry the pork until golden and cooked through, 3-4 min per side. (TIP: Cook to a min. internal temp. of 71°C/160°F, as size may vary.**)

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4. Cook Apples

Transfer the pork to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Using the same pan, add the onions, apples and remaining thyme. (NOTE: Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan, if the pan is dry!). Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and caramelized, 3-4 min. (TIP: Make sure to scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan while cooking for added flavour!)

5. Braise Pork and Apples

Remove the pan from the heat and add the vinegar, broth concentrates and 1/2 cup water. Heat the same pan over medium-low heat. Add the cooked pork, nestling them into the apple mixture. Pour over any remaining juices from the plate into the pan. Cover and simmer until warmed through, 2-3 min.

6. Finish and Serve

Meanwhile, fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir in the Brussels sprouts. Season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice the pork. Divide the pork, apples mixture and quinoa between plates.

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James is the Lead Recipe Developer at HelloFresh Canada, the meal kit service dedicated to making cooking fun, easy and convenient. Fall into a new dinner routine this season and enjoy the delicious victory of a home-cooked meal with HelloFresh! Visit and use code OMHA to get 50% off your first box!

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