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Healthy Slow Cooked Pumpkin & Lean Pork Chops Recipe

Pumpkin and pork chops go hand in hand, especially this time of year. They are even yummier when slow cooked together.

Slow cooking unlocks richer flavor and also makes for less work in the kitchen. Pressure cookers and slow cookers do all the work for you. The only thing you’re responsible for is adding the food and the right seasoning, and setting the timer. There is no need to stand over the stove and sweat in the kitchen.

The Difference Between Slow Cookers & Pressure Cookers

Healthy Slow Cooked Pumpkin & Lean Pork Chops RecipeI have two different types of cookers, both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker offers much more variety than a slow cooker. For one, slow cookers usually have one or two modes of cooking either medium or high. My slow cooker only offers medium or high, and it’s best for stews/soups.

For one, slow cookers usually have one or two settings, either medium or high, like with my slow cooker only offers medium or high. It’s best for stews and soups.

Yet, my pressure cooker can prepare anything: veggies, fish, meat, rice, make canned goods, and so much more. Not to mention, you press a button and the time shows up for each item, specialized just for that food. You don’t have to overthink or worry that you’re over cooking something or waste time Googling recipe instructions.

If you are a foodie or an amateur chef, investing in a pressure cooker or a slow cooker is a time saver. I would suggest a pressure cooker because most have a slow-cooking option while allowing you to cook a wider variety of foods.

Are Pumpkins & Squash The Same Thing?

Pumpkins and squash are both Cucurbitaceae, which make them family members. While a pumpkin is a type of squash, did you know that a squash is considered a fruit? This is because they are seed bearing. According to botanists[1], fruit is the section of a plant that contain seeds.

Other foods you might not have realized are fruits:

  • Olives
  • Peapods
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocado

Just one cup of pumpkin offers a high amount of vitamin A, a whopping 200% of your daily requirement. Also, one cup of pumpkins contains almost 400 mg of potassium.

Meanwhile, the general squash family offers up impressive amounts of vitamins and make it one of the world’s healthiest foods[2].

vitamin A 59%
vitamin C 26%
fiber 23%
vitamin B6 19%
copper 19%


manganese 19%
potassium 14%
vitamin B2 11%
folate 10%
pantothenic acid 10%
vitamin K 10%
omega-3 fats 8%
magnesium 7%
vitamin B3 6%


Slow Cooked Pumpkins + Lean Pork Chops

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Slow Cooked Pumpkins & Lean Pork Chops
 
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Servings 2
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Recipe type: Low Fat
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Medium Pumpkin (1/2)
  • Lean, Grass-Fed Pork Chops (2)
  • Brown Sugar (2 TBSP)
  • Cinnamon (1 TBSP)
Instructions
  1. First, chop up your medium-sized pumpkin and then remove the seeds. Like any type of squash, a pumpkin's hard, outer shell is tough to cut. So, use a big and sharp knife.
  2. Once the pumpkin is cut up into squares, use a carving knife to remove the pumpkin’s outer shell.
  3. Finally, add cinnamon and brown sugar to the diced pumpkin and stack in your pressure cooker or slow cooker. Layer with the pumpkin on the bottom, followed by the lean pork chops and then add the remaining chopped pumpkins on top.

Layering Your Slow Cooked Pumpkin & Lean Pork Chops

Layering your food will add flavor to your pork chops without the need for additional seasoning. The brown sugar and cinnamon you add to your pumpkin, plus the natural sweet pumpkin flavoring will make the lamp chops tender and juicy. If slow cooked correctly, the pork chops will fall apart without the need of a knife and melt in your mouth.

Healthy Slow Cooked Pumpkin & Lean Pork Chops Recipe

Enjoy!

[1] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pumpkin-is-a-fruit_us_5804fa8ae4b06e04759605c2

[2] http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63

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