MyPlate-Inspired Pork Recipes

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired pork recipes, which use grilled, baked, roasted, and even oven-fried chicken as the base for a variety of healthy, protein-packed meal options.

Nutritious Pork Recipes

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Nutritious Pork Recipes

Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov. Find recipes at http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/.

These pork recipes are protein-packed and offer a delicious variety of flavors. To maintain a healthy balance, make sure at least half your plate contains fruit and vegetables.

First on the menu: Apricot-Glazed Pork Kebabs. Cooks from the American South to Southeast Asia know that when pork hits the grill—often with a sweet or spicy sauce—something magical happens. Serve this grilled pork recipe with a summer salad of nectarines, tomatoes, and mint. Brown rice pilaf completes the meal.

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Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups

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Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups

Serve with long-grain white rice to complete the meal. While the pork stands to allow its flavors to meld, chop the veggies for the ­lettuce cups and get the rice going. For a milder version, seed the serrano chile or simply omit it.

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Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

Photo: Johnny Autry

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

This one-dish pork tenderloin entree is perfect for fall.  Sweet spices coat lean pork tenderloin, while apples get a savory treatment with shallots and thyme. Serve with a spinach salad.

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Cheese and Pear Pork

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Cheese and Pear Pork

This is an elegant presentation of a flawless flavor combination. Walnuts, pear, and blue cheese create the filling for pork tenderloin. Serve slices dressed with the sauce over a bed of sweet, fresh spinach and thinly sliced pear.

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Pork Medallions with Whisky-Cumberland Sauce and Haricots Verts

Photo: Johnny Autry

Pork Medallions with Whisky-Cumberland Sauce and Haricots Verts

Try serving with roasted new potatoes to round out the meal. This savory and light meal will please every palate.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Nectarines

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Grilled Pork Chops with Nectarines

For a fruitier vinaigrette, use balsamic vinegar. Serve with a bacon-herb salad.

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Spicy North African Pork Tenderloin

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Spicy North African Pork Tenderloin

Roasting tender pork at high heat browns the exterior, adding deep, savory flavor, but leaves the interior juicy and rosy pink.

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Double Thick-Cut Pork Chops

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Double Thick-Cut Pork Chops

Don't oil your grill rack before grilling so your meat will stick a little. This technique, called "scruffing," increases the meat's surface area so you get even more of that delicious, lightly charred, crisp-crunchy exterior. For nonstick grill racks, lightly score the surface of the meat to create more surface area from the start.

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Cider and Sage Pork

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Cider and Sage Pork

The classic ingredient combination of cider and sage allow the delicious flavor of the pork to shine through. Serve with steamed green beans.

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Chipotle Pork Tacos

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Chipotle Pork Tacos

Cook tortillas over an open gas flame or in a grill pan for chargrilled flavor.

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Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade

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Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade

The scent of fall will overtake your kitchen while this pork roulade bakes in the oven. It looks a little fancy but, trust us, it's much easier than it looks.

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Barbecue Sauce

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Barbecue Sauce

A fusion BBQ sauce: Asian and Southern, sweet and vinegary. Once it’s cooked, set aside 2 1⁄2 cups sauce to serve with the pork, and use the rest to baste as it cooks.

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Mu Shu Pork Wraps

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Mu Shu Pork Wraps

If your butcher is unable to cut an 8-ounce piece of pork loin, buy 1 pound and freeze the remainder for another use. Save your mushroom stems for stocks or broths.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Shallot Butter

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Grilled Pork Chops with Shallot Butter

This recipe calls for meat to be prepared with a savory rub of olive oil, chives, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. After grilling, the butter, shallots, and lemon rind mixture is applied for a satisfying, savory pork chop. If you plan to make ahead, allow the butter to come to room temperature before spreading over the pork. You can also combine the oil and herbs a couple of hours in advance.

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Crispy Pork Medallions

Photo: John Autry

Crispy Pork Medallions

Mustard adds tanginess to the pork and helps the crust adhere to the meat.

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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears

Photo: Randy Mayor

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears

This quick-cooking dish offers a nice balance of savory and sweet tastes. Serve with a side of simple roasted Brussels sprouts for a special meal that's full of fall flavors.

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Pork with Figs and Farro Recipe

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Pork with Figs and Farro

Farro is an ancient wheat grain. If you can't find it, substitute wheat berries for the stuffing.

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Tamarind Pork with Pineapple-Ginger Chutney

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Tamarind Pork with Pineapple-Ginger Chutney

Tamarind is a pod containing sticky, tart pulp and large seeds. Tamarind paste is more convenient, as it's seedless. Buy it at Asian, Latin, or Indian markets. Or substitute 2 tablespoons lime juice for less-complex flavor.

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Greek-Style Pork Chops

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Greek-Style Pork Chops

Make your own tzatziki sauce out of Greek-style yogurt, fresh dill, and red wine vinegar to accompany grilled pork chops. Serve with pita wedges: Cut two pita rounds in half, and cut each half into quarters and toast.

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Ancho Pork Medallions

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Ancho Pork Medallions

Pepper jelly and aromatic spices give your average pork tenderloin a bold new flavor. Serve with a spinach salad for a complete meal.

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Quick and Easy Pork Fried Rice

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Quick and Easy Pork Fried Rice

The whole family will love this speedy one-dish meal. Dry edamame works just as well as frozen, and it adds a nice crunch to the dish.

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Crispy Pork Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy

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Crispy Pork Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy

Hot! Hot! Hot! That is exactly how your wok should be before the food goes in so that you get the crispy, browned edges you want. Get the thinnest slices of meat by using a serrated knife to cut it or by freezing it for 30 minutes.

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Smothered Vineger Pork Shoulder with Apples and Kale

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Smothered Vineger Pork Shoulder with Apples and Kale

The fall flavors of this budget-friendly dish will please any dinner guest.

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Orange-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Tabbouleh

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Orange-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Tabbouleh

If you can't find five-spice powder, simply substitute a mixture of ground ginger and cinnamon.

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Pork Cutlets with Wild Mushroom Marsala

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Pork Cutlets with Wild Mushroom Marsala

Simple, delicious, and under 230 calories per serving. What more could you ask for?

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Pork Tenderloin Paprikash with Egg Noodles

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Pork Tenderloin Paprikash with Egg Noodles

To make the most of your time, prepare the pork mixture while the noodles are cooking and prepare an Apple Salad With Mustard Dressing while the pork simmers.

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Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

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Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Marmalade provides pectin to give the glaze syrupy body and balances the sweet orange juice with a touch of pleasant bitterness.

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Pork Cutlets with Orange Gremolata

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Pork Cutlets with Orange Gremolata

Orange marmalade is great for a near-instant meat and fish glaze. Balsamic vinegar cuts the sweetness, and chopped parsley adds color.

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Pear, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Focaccia-Style Pizza

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Pear, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Focaccia-Style Pizza

If you don't own a pizza pan, you can find inexpensive, disposable rimmed pizza pans at the supermarket. For a quick side, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard in a bowl. Add ½ cup halved grape tomatoes, 5 cups mixed greens, ½ cup toasted walnuts, and ¼ cup chopped pitted dates; toss to coat.

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Pork Tenderloin and Cannellini Beans

Photo: Jason Wallis

Pork Tenderloin and Cannellini Beans

Soaked in a tomato broth with cannellini beans, this pork tenderloin is brimming with fresh herbs. Look for a bundle of fresh poultry herbs found in the produce section to help cut cost down; it contains both rosemary and sage.

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Soy-Braised Pork and Rice

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Soy-Braised Pork and Rice

Braising the pork in soy sauce and chile paste infuses it with flavor and keeps it tender. Serve with sesame-soy cucumbers: Combine 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, and 2 sliced English cucumbers.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Photo: Andrew Purcell

Roasted Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Thick and slightly tangy Mexican crema adds a cooling finish to these tacos. Make the tortillas extra-delicious by lightly charring them over a gas burner. No gas? Quickly sear directly on an electric coil (work fast) or in a hot cast-iron skillet.

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