Pork Chops w/ Mandarin Orange Salsa

By Fruits & Veggies - More Matters
A savory fruit-based salsa anchors this colorful, fruit- and vegetable-rich meal. Tender pork chops slowly marinated and baked to perfection are highlighted by the lime and orange undertones of this flavorful experience.

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  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes (not incl. marinating time)

Main Dishes

Serves: 4
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving: 1.5
Think Variety; Think Color: Red


4  4-oz.  boneless pork loin chops, raw               
8   clementines (aka Mandarin Oranges)                      
1/2 cup   orange juice                               
1 tablespoon  light soy sauce                 
1 teaspoon  onion powder                      
2 teaspoons  salt substitute seasoning                          
1 teaspoon  chili powder                        
1 tablespoon  cucumber, diced                
2 tablespoons  grape tomatoes, quartered (about 4) 
1 tablespoon  bell peppers, diced            
2   lime wedges, juice only
2 cups   brown rice, cooked                     
2 cups   spinach, cooked, drained


Instructions: Place pork chops in casserole dish. Peel, seed, and section the clementines. Place half of the clementine sections in a small bowl (chop the other half, reserve and refrigerate for later use in salsa). Use a fork to press half the sections into small pieces.  Add orange juice and soy sauce and mix together well.  Pour mixture over pork chops, being sure that the chops are completely covered with marinade.

Cover the dish and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a small dish, blend onion powder, salt substitute seasoning, and chili powder. Remove chops from marinade and season both sides with spice mix.  Bake in the oven for 22-28 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pork chops. Combine the cucumber, grape tomatoes, bell pepper and lime juice with the remaining clementines to make a fruit and vegetable salsa. Prepare brown rice and spinach according to directions on package. Serve each pork chop with equal amounts of clementine salsa, 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1/2 cup of spinach. 

Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    467
  • Carbohydrates:    55g
  • Total Fat:    15.2g
  • Cholesterol:    67mg
  • Saturated Fat:   4.9g
  • Dietary Fiber:    9g
  • % of Calories from Fat:    28%
  • Sodium:    310 mg
  • Protein:    31g
  • Recipe Credit
  • Recipe was developed for Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) by Chef Mark Goodwin CEC, CNC. This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.



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