American Heart Association Heart Health Now Includes Pork

by Guest Contributor

When I was growing up, pork chops were a regular feature on our dinner menu. Unfortunately, my mom doesn’t like food. And she doesn’t really like to cook. Those poor pork chops were flavorless and burned to a crisp each and every time. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that as an adult I avoided pork in all forms for years. The ads talking about the relative health benefits of pork intrigued me as I grew older and realized how little the food my mom cooked resembled what it was supposed too.

Pork is lower in saturated fat than it was twenty-one years ago. It’s naturally low in sodium – something those with heart problems have to watch out for in their diets. Pork tenderloin, in particular, is an excellent source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorous, and niacin, according to the USDA database. Knowing that my mom has heart issues and is now on a reduced-sodium diet, and that my gram and so many others have struggled with their health as they grew older, I decided that it was time for me to grow up and get over my notions of the hockey puck pork chop my mom used to serve.

 This year, the Pork Association is participating in the ninth annual Women’s Day Red Dress Awards in celebration of having the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check icon added to its labels. When I was approached to receive a kit of goodies from the Pork and American Heart Association, I jumped on it to prove to myself that there’s more to pork than my mom showed me growing up. I’ve made pork tenderloin in my crock pot that came out wonderfully juicy and flavorful, which gave me hope that I can create delicious and healthy pork meals with just a little more of a push. And I was right. The American Heart Association cookbook that was included in the kit had a number of delicious pork recipes in it. It was hard to choose just one to start, but I went with the Pork with Salsa Verde, something that met a number of my needs last night.

First, it was cooked in a crock pot, saving me a ton of time. Second, it had primarily ingredients I keep in my pantry – I had to purchase only the pork and the tomatillos. Third, it was something I had hopes that Mister Man would enjoy. Fourth, it looked healthy to me – something to cook from scratch that didn’t have heavy sauces or ingredients with tons of calories and fat.

As it turns out, this is not the pork my mom used to make. While you still have to be careful not to overcook pork or it will become tough, I had no issues with this in the crock pot. The pork was easy to prepare, and it cooked beautifully, making a tasty but not too spicy sauce to accompany it. Mister Man, my child who insists everything is too spicy, loved it. He ate all of his and almost half of mine. And he ate the tomatillos because they were yummy, too. I love having meals that everyone in the house enjoys, and my husband loved that he could use the extra salsa verde as a dip for some tortilla chips. The true proof, however, was when the wee ones begged to have some of the leftovers in their lunch today. They were crushed when I told them it was all gone and only promising to make it again soon brought the smiles back to their faces.

Now my dilemma is which recipe to make next. Do I do a new pork recipe to try something else, or do I stick with what is apparently becoming a new family favorite? Either way, I know there’s pork on the menu again this week – and I feel good about it knowing that pork now contains the American Heart Association’s iconic Heart-Check mark. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the end of national Heart Health month, but one of you can continue to celebrate with the same kit of goodies I received.

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Written by 5Minutes4Mom contributor Michelle, who is thrilled to report that Mister Man ate – and loved – cumin for the first time in his life. She’s now searching for more heart healthy recipes that contain spices he might find palatable. Some of those recipes may appear in the future on her blog Honest & Truly! You can also see what she’s cooking up by following her on Twitter where she tweets as @HonestAndTruly.

 




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1 AnnaZed March 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I make a roast pork loin that I have seared in a bit olive oil, anointed with thyme herb and pepper then laid a layer of thinly sliced granny smith apple all along its length (I paint the apple with a little olive oil too) then roasted in the oven. It comes out really juicy and nice. I discard the apples, but I prepare apple sauce (apples, water no sugar) to eat with this.

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2 Nadia March 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My favorite pork chop recipe is to simply fry the chops with a little bit of canola oil on both sides until they are golden. Then place them in a baking dish with one can of cream of mushrooms and some onions and broccoli. Then bake the whole thing for 30 minutes. The veggies will release their water and mix with the cream of mushrooms, creating a yummy sauce the chops with sit in.

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3 Shelly Leatham March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

My favorite is BBQ pork loin chops on the grill! YUMMMM

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4 Charity S March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I love baked pork chops with an apple base.

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5 Jessica T. March 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

My sister has a great pulled pork recipe that she makes in the crock pot.

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6 Kathy Stevenson March 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

We like pulled pork.

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7 Lizzy March 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

My husband makes great pulled pork!

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8 Jennifer Thomas March 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I use a recipe from the Kraft Foods website of pork chops with apples and stuffing that I absolutely love!

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9 Melissa P. March 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

We are actually have boneless pork for dinner tomorrow night. I usually use shake and bake. But for tomorrow night I plan to search out a recipe of a different kind. LOL

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10 Vickie Couturier March 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

my favorite way to use pork is to BBQ it,,in the crock pot
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11 Priscilla March 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I use a lot of pork because it is lean, versatile, and pork chops and pork tenderloin can be prepared very quickly. Our current favorite is stuffed pork chops and a sweet potato hash with eggs that I developed for the National Pork Board. My husband has heart disease and the recipes on my website are heart healthy using spices, herbs, infused oils and vinegars instead of salt for added flavor.

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12 Idaho Jill March 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

love pulled pork in the crockpot. If i am cooking them in a pan, then my fav recipe is cooking them in olive oil, then adding shallots, cream, and wine for a yummy sauce. it’s my favorite!

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13 Christine March 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Pork loin with an apple & cranberry sauce.

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14 Mia Dentice Carey
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We eat a lot of pork…..pork chops, pork roast, BBQ. My favorite dish to make is a pork roast with rosemary=)

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15 Denise K March 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

We love pork in this household. Our favorite is my Mother’s recipe, of bread pork chops. We have this at least once a week at our house.

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16 Erika P. March 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Grilled baby back ribs are my favorite.

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17 Richard Morris March 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m not sure of the details but my mom makes a Sweet and Sour Rotisserie Pork Roast that rocks. I look forward to having it every holiday

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18 kathy March 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I have a barbecue sauce for spare ribs that we love~

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19 tennille March 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

making pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker as I type!!!

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20 June March 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I just made pork chops in mushroom gravy last week, was so good too.

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21 Susan Smith March 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I like making baked pork chops.

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22 Margaret Smith March 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

My favorite is breaded pork chops. We add a little caraway seeds to the breading mix and it tastes so delicious.
Thanks so much.

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23 Michele Anne March 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I love pulled pork…mmmm

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24 Paula Tavernie March 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I love my pork tenderloin marrinated in terriaki sauce!

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25 Kelly Nicholson March 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

fried pork chops..what am i? a chef?

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26 Liz March 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

So much of what was handed down was good but has been distorted. Bring back pork chops!

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27 Maureen March 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

My husband and I crush up Corn Flakes and put seasoning into the crushed up cereal and then coat pork chops with those dry ingredients. I then serve it with applesauce (for my husband)

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28 ky2here March 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Apricot Ginger Glaze

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29 Ann F March 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

One of my favorite pork recipes is Roasted Loin of Pork with Pan Gravy:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-loin-of-pork-with-pan-gravy/detail.aspx

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30 Donna Haley March 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Sweet and sour pork in the slow cooker.

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31 Glogirl March 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I enjoy eating pork done in an apple cider sauce. It comes out so tender and flavourful!

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32 HappyMomC March 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Pork chops, pork sausages – indian style!

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33 Nicole March 5, 2012 at 2:14 am

I always did believe that pork was one if the healthier meats as long as there isn’t too much fat.

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34 Tari Lawson March 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

I like pulled pork made with onion soup mix and garlic salt.

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35 Jeff March 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

One of my favorites till this day is pork chops and apple sauce.

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36 Patricia Treskovich March 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

love pork and sauerkraut

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37 randi March 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

I love to put a pork roast in the crock pot, slice an onion over & pour a can of sauerkraut over it & cook all day. I serve it with mashed potatoes & it’s so good!

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38 Charlotte Padgett March 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

Pork has always been my favorite meat whether roasted, broiled, barbecued or whatever.

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39 Nicole Korson March 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

Pulled pork sandwich with BBQ

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40 McKim March 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I like the country style boneless ribs covered in my homemade barbecue sauce.

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41 Margaret R. March 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I love to throw a pork roast in the slow cooker with some bbq sauce and let it cook on low all day. It’s pretty yummy!

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42 Happi Shopr March 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

We enjoy grilled pork chops and pineapple

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43 Douglas Houston March 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Slow smoked pulled pork

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44 Jacob LaFountaine March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Baked pork chops with stuffing on the side

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45 Denise B. March 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I like pork chops in sauerkraut.

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46 Theresa Shafer March 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Pork / Chicken adobo. Water / vinegar / garlic and the meat. Boil until done. Let sit in the frig, it gets yummier over time.

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47 Ruth Hill March 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

Love pulled pork sandwiches!

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48 Suzanne K March 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

I love broiled (seasoned) pork chops

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49 Erin March 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

Slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches with LOTS of BBQ sauce!

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50 Eileen March 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

I love grilled country ribs with my own bbq sauce recipe!

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51 Sheila K. March 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Barbecued pulled pork sandwiches!

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52 jen March 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

at our house we make the most amazing pork fried rice!

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53 Monique Rizzo March 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Cranberry and stuffing pork loin.
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54 Linda Lansford March 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I like to put it on the grill

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55 Garrett March 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

Pork roast slow cooking, with a thick mushroom gravy is awesome.

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56 Liz March 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I made an Asian pork recipe in the crockpot a few weeks ago. It was AMAZING!

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57 SHAYNA March 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Italian Breaded Pork Chops :)

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58 Carolyn g March 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I love making carnitas

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59 s riches March 8, 2012 at 7:37 am

Pork tenderloins marinated then grilled.

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60 susan varney March 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

mine is very simple and the whole family loves them- i shake and bake them

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61 Carol Bryant March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

Pork Chops without a doubt. I never get tired of them.

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62 kathleen March 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

sweet and sour pork over rice

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63 elizabeth p March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

My husband does this amazing thing with apple butter (Jelly from Vermont Country Store) and pork. It is so good, he sits it overnight and slow cooks it oven, crock or grill, they all come out wonderful.

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64 Belinda Shaw March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I like to make pork chops with gravy and dressing.

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65 Susan Chester March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I like pork chops on the grill with barbecue sauce.

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66 ACMommy3 March 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I love making a Stuffed Pork Tenderloin — just slice open a tenderloin and pound flat. Then spread with a bit of olive oil, thinly sliced ham, lots of fresh baby spinach, and shredded mozzarella cheese (can also add sauteed mushrooms & onions if desired). Roll up and tie. Great grilled or in the oven, comes out soooo juicy and amazing! :-)

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67 tracy davis March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Sweet and sour pork

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68 nannypanpan March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

my sister grills pork loin that is marinated in ginger and terriyaki
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69 Nicole Sender March 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I love a good pork roast with oven cooked carrots and mashed potatoes.

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70 Cheryl Free March 9, 2012 at 2:29 am

My favorite is My Favorite Pork Loin Recipe ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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71 Dara Nix March 9, 2012 at 6:14 am

I don’t really HAVE a favorite pork recipe per se, but one of my all-time favorite comfort foods is Shake & Bake pork chops with mashed potatoes & gravy and green beans!

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72 Noreen March 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I make it in my slow cooker with soba noodles

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73 Christina March 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Baked, after searing the meat, and served with applesauce, Golden Russet potatoes and broccoli!

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74 Jen March 10, 2012 at 3:24 am

pork chops and applesauce

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75 Tammy March 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

dry ranch dressing mixed with cream of chicken soup / pour over porkchops – put them in the crockpot – delish!

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76 Jeni Monroe March 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love to make bacon wrapped pork chops on the grill

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77 Diane F March 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

My husband makes great pulled pork and also green chili pork!

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78 Jennifer Gibson March 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Simmer pork chops with one can of crushed pineapple until cooked.

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79 Christine March 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

pulled pork is my fav

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80 Christina Sparks March 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

porked chops with baked apples

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81 Desiree Dunbar March 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

I love making BBQ Pork Ribs in the Crockpot.

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82 Denise M March 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

bbq pulled pork is my favorite to make in the crockpot

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83 Robin March 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

We love to make pulled porl in the crock pot

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84 beautytolove March 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

-Favorite recipe: Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

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85 K.Pugh March 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Smothered pork chops

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86 Anna F March 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Pulled pork sandwich.

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87 Julie Lynn Bickham March 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love making pork fried rice.

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88 Danielle T March 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

we actually make our own pork eggrolls, theyre really good

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89 Kristi H. March 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

We like to cook pork chops on the grill.

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90 Wanda McHenry March 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

My favorite is grilled pork tenderloin marinated in fajita marinade with a spicy cherry sauce.

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91 Kimberly Hutchins March 12, 2012 at 12:56 am

My husband cooks a bone-in pork chop with his famous peach-mango chutney…yummy!

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92 Lucy Schwartz March 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

My favorite pork recipe is a spice rubbed pork roast in the slow cooker.

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93 sandra March 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

i love pulled bbq pork

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94 jennifer wexler March 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

i love just basic pork chops and applesauce

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95 burgundy March 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

i love the mexican pulled pork and pinto beans that I make in the crockpot. My family loves it.

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96 Jessica B March 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Pulled pork sandwich.

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97 theresa March 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My favorite pork recipe is teriyaki, pineapple pork chops cooked in the oven!

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98 scott March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

simple bbq porkchops

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99 Theresa H March 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

pork and stuffing done in the crockpot (yummy and quick!!)

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100 Kimberly March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

My favorite recipe is stuffed pork chops.

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101 Bonnigene March 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I love to make oven baked smothered pork chops

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102 Pauline M March 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I have a slow cooker recipe for sweet pork…. it uses brown sugar and coke marinade and we all love it!

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103 Cori Westphal March 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I put pork chops or pork roast in a slow cooker, then cover with Vidalia Onion Dressing, or just cream of mushroom soup. Then cook for a few hours until it falls apart and melts in your mouth! Yum!

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104 sarah t March 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

WE LOVE BREADED PORKCHOPS

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105 Lisa Sheldon March 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

My favorite recipe is lemon pepper pork chops

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106 Dawn Valentine March 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

My favorite recipe is breaded and pan fried pork chops

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107 Valerie Taylor Mabrey March 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love pulled pork in the crockpot
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108 Kelly Britton March 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

My favorite recipe for pork is pot stickers. So good.

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109 Derk Thomas March 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Lemon Pepper spices and then put it on the grill.

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110 Debbie C March 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

My favorite is Fried Pork Chops, with just a light breading, like my Mom always made. I also love Smoker Pulled Pork and BBQ ribs and so many more dishes with pork.

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111 Jennifer H. March 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

I love to make pulled pork in the crock pot
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112 Jennifer Paige March 13, 2012 at 12:42 am

I looooove a pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw.

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113 Danielle March 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

I make a summer corn salad with pork cubed up. It is really good with spinach and cilantro, corn and red peppers. I found the recipe on Eat Better America

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114 RENE D March 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

I love pouring Italian dressing on pork and cooking in the oven at 375 for 45 minutes. So good and tasty!

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115 john March 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

I use homemade apple butter that I put on a pork roast and cook at a low temp for hours. It is awesome

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116 Samantha D March 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

We loved marinated pork chops inourhouse

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117 Lori March 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

We like pulled pork in our family.

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118 R Hicks March 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

Original Ranch Pork Chops is one favorite

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119 R Hicks March 13, 2012 at 10:31 am
120 Annette D March 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

I use ground pork in my sauce for lasagna!

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121 Lauren Knott March 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

I love putting pork in the crock pot with bbq sauce, super easy and super yummy!

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122 Chuck March 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

Pork, The other white meat.

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123 Nicole C. March 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

My favorite is barbeque pork chops.

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124 shawna March 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

I like pork chops with cream of mushroom on the top.

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125 Jason March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

I love sprinkling Lemon Pepper on Pork chops and grilling them. So awesome!

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126 1955nurse March 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

My FAV is Smothered pork chops!!! Yumm…. (Holly)

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127 Carol March 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I make a wonderful Pulled Pork in my slow cooker

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128 Barbara March 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

We like pork steaks on the grill.

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129 meme March 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

mine is stuffed pork chops cooked in the oven

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130 Melissa P. March 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I like to put a pork loin roast in the roaster with salt, pepper, onion, bell pepper, and a little Cajun seasoning. I cook it on low all night, then the next morning I add potatoes and carrots and turn it up to high. My meal is ready by lunch.

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131 Tamra March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Love Pork Carnitas made in the crock pot with a bottle of beer and some salsa!

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132 Debra Hall March 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

i use stove top stuffing and apples then bake it

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133 kathy pease March 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

i love pork chops bakes with shake and bake

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134 Angela E. March 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

My fave is pork chops with stuffing, (yum)

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135 Allison March 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm
136 Lynde F March 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder mmmmm…

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137 Laurie Emerson March 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I love making stuffed pork chops using the cranberry, raisin and orange stuffing my grandmother passed down to me.
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138 tracey johnson(rochelle johnson) March 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

i grill mine and put on a mixture of apricot jelly and mustard

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139 Lisa Garner March 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I love making butter and garlic grilled pork tenderloin.

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140 tamatha hunter March 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

gotta be bbq ribs or pulled pork sandwiches

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141 Tina Rath March 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Pulled pork Southern style
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142 pamela james March 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

pork and sauerkraut.

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143 Michelle Tucker
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We love pork cutlets with an orange sauce. OMG, it’s so good!
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144 Melanie C March 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

My favorite is using pork with lima or butter beans!
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145 Barbara Hunt March 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for the great contest!
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