Pork Chops with Cherry Couscous

Pork Chops with Cherry Couscous is a dish where the flavors blend together very nicely. The lemon juice gives it a nice hint of freshness in the end. I loved the different textures and biting into the almonds and dried cherries. I’m a big fan of dried cherries. I pick up big bags of them all the time whenever I go to Sam’s Club.

Couscous is super easy to make too, and if you’ve never tried it before please do. At first, I thought that the there wouldn’t be enough liquid (3/4 cup of water) to cook the couscous all the way. That was actually plenty.

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Calories: 495 | Fat: 22.3g | Carbohydrate: 43.8g | Fiber: 5g | Protein: 29.7g

Servings: 4

Ingredients from Cooking Light

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
1 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup coarsely chopped pitted cherries
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/3 cup dry-roasted almonds, chopped
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over both sides of pork, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let pork stand for 5 minutes.

3. Place couscous in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, cherries, and remaining ingredients. Serve with pork.

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