Updated: Aug 17
So sometimes as busy parents, you need ways to make fresh homemade things quicker. So here is my fresh healthy pesto hack. Slather center cut pork chops with this rich garlicky, cheesy pesto marinade, then grill them to lock in the delicious flavor. Pork chops are one of my favorite cuts of meat, they’re perfect for weeknight dinners, and special enough for a fancy dinner. This is a crowd pleaser for sure, as we often have it when company comes and it just so happens to be one of LJ's favorite meals.
Pesto Pork With Green Beans: Serves 4
2 lbs of raw pork (I choose boneless pork chops but any lean pork will do) - 32 oz cooked
12 cups trimmed fresh green beans (can used canned but my fam prefers fresh)
For the Pesto:
½ cup Kens Steakhouse Lite Northern Italian with Basil and Romano Dressing (Low calorie Italian dressing works).
1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
4 tbsp reduced fat grated Parmesan cheese
40 pine nuts
1 tsp minced garlic (I used the tubed kind)
Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals.
To make pesto, combine all the ingredients for the pesto in a small blender or food processor. I used my magic bullet. Blend until desired consistency. Set aside (reserve 1 tbsp for garnish). You can even use the pesto as a marinade and place the pesto and the pork together the night before if you prefer a stronger flavor.
In a gallon ziplock bag, mix together the pesto ingredients above and add the pork.
In a medium pot, heat water until boiling. Add green beans (we use a steaming basket) and boil or steam until green beans are al dente (tender-crisp). Drain green beans and set aside; cover to keep warm until serving.
Remove pork from pesto. Grill pork chops about 12 minutes, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature registers 155° F on thermometer.
Divide green beans and pork loin chops onto four plates. Top each serving of pork with 1/4 tbsp of pesto for garnish and taste.
Ok, now it’s your turn! Make your own healthy pork dish with this recipe and take a photo and tag us so we can check it out!
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