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Healthy Pork Recipes

Pork is a great choice for a healthy lunch or dinner recipe. Whether it's in a shredded pork sandwich, a roasted pork salad, or a satisfying pork stir-fry, lean pork tenderloin, chops, and roasts can be part of a healthy diet. Our collection of nutritious pork recipes will show you how.


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    • Shredded Pork Roast Sandwiches

      For Southern-style barbecue sandwiches that carry just the right amount of heat, add a dash of cayenne pepper to your pork. Serve the slow cooker sandwiches with coleslaw and corn on the cob for a complete, easy meal.

    • Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops

      Apple cider isn't reserved for cold-weather comfort food. The tart drink gives boneless pork chops moist, full flavor plus reduces cooking time on the grill. Serve with miniature sweet peppers and French bread for a complete meal.

    • Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley

      Protein-packed pork tenderloin needs just garlic, thyme, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper for full-bodied flavor. Complement the healthy pork main dish with a kale and barley salad that features lower-sodium, less-fat bacon.

    • Oven-Roasted Pork with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

      Pork loin takes on bright spring flavor thanks to a tangy mango-rhubarb stuffing. Slather the lean cut of meat with a double dose of juicy barbecue sauce.

      Healthy Pork Recipe Tip: Rhubarb not in season? Replace fresh rhubarb with 1-1/2 pounds frozen cut rhubarb for the sauce.
    • Succulent Slow-Cooked Pork

      Slow-cooked pork makes an easy (and healthy!) tailgate meal or potluck contribution. Learn how to make a flavorful pulled pork sandwich with our simple tips and tricks.

    • Sauerkraut and Pork Shoulder Roast

      Beer, sauerkraut, and Dijon mustard each contribute to the robust flavor of this slow-cooked pork shoulder roast. Pile the meat onto crusty bread with onions and sauerkraut for a lunch that is hardly lackluster.

    • Roast Pork Salad with Ginger-Pineapple Dressing

      Spice up a boring brown-bag lunch with a healthy pork salad that can be made 24 hours in advance. After roasting the meat, divide it into four portions and pair with fresh pineapple, peaches, and lettuce as well as our fruity ginger dressing.

    • Lime-Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

      Succulent slow-cooked pork gains international flavor with the help of poblano and jalapeno peppers. Stuff the spicy meat into Mexican bolillo rolls along with chunky guacamole, which adds heart-healthy fat to the protein-packed meal.

      Healthy Pork Recipe Tip:
      Both the homemade guacamole and pork mixture can be stored in the freezer, separately, for up to 1 month.

    • Pork Roast with Baby Vegetables

      Top a bed of roasted baby vegetables with our rosemary-garlic pork roast for an elegant meal under 300 calories. The nutrient-rich veggies can be swapped based on seasonal produce availability.

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      Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry

      Jamaican-style stir-fry pork and peppers with a bit of heat are easy ingredients to prep ahead and toss together. Serve the 20-minute dinner recipe over brown rice or whole grain pasta to add an additional food group.

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      Mustard-Rubbed Pork Loin with Rhubarb Sauce

      This juicy pork roast recipe, cooked in a rosemary-garlic mustard mixture, can be either grilled or oven-roasted, making it a healthy dinner option for any season. A tangy homemade rhubarb sauce finishes the 200-calorie dish.

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      Pork with Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

      Showcase fiber-rich barley and butternut squash in a healthy yet hearty risotto. Prep your pork tenderloin while the barley cooks for a complete meal that comes together in an hour.

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      Pork Primavera Sandwiches

      Primavera -- which translates as "spring style" -- dishes feature fresh or seasonal vegetables, and this slow cooker pork sandwich recipe is no exception. Packed with vitamin-rich sweet peppers, carrots, and onion, the healthy pork sandwich gets tangy-sweet flavor from bottled barbecue sauce.

      Healthy Pork Recipe Tip: Use a barbecue sauce that's low in fat and sodium to keep this slow cooker pork sandwich recipe heart-healthy.

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      Sausage Albondigas Soup

      For a healthy take on this international favorite, shape chorizo sausage, ground pork, carrot, and brown rice into mini meatballs. No-salt-added diced tomatoes and fresh zucchini complete the low-calorie pork soup recipe.

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      Oven-Fried Pork Chops

      Healthy fried pork chops? Believe it! Just take your chops out of the frying pan and into the oven for a dinner under 400 calories. Corn bread stuffing mix gives the pork a crisp and crunchy coating while keeping the inside unbelievably moist and juicy.

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      Hungarian-Style Pork Paprikash

      Load pork tenderloin with robust flavor by braising it with cayenne pepper and paprika, then pair the meat with a brick-red tomato sauce and whole grain fettucine. Lighten up the traditional sour cream topping by opting for plain fat-free Greek yogurt.

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      Chile-Lime Pork

      For an uncomplicated weeknight dinner recipe, marinate pork tenderloin in a zesty lime-garlic sauce then grill until golden. Purchased guacamole serves as a creamy dipper for the 190-calorie entree.

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      Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Papaya Salsa

      Bring tropical flavor to your dinner table with pineapple- and papaya-topped pork tenderloin. A chili powder rub gives the meat a spicy kick that complements the sweet salsa.

    • How to Bake Pork Chops
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      Bake Pork Chops to Perfection!

      In just three simple steps, you can serve your family a healthy and delicious pork chop dinner. Find out how to bake pork chops with our easy-to-follow instructions.

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      Grilled Pork and Pineapple

      Give marmalade-brushed pork chops the summer treatment by coupling with grilled pineapple and roasted cashews. The simple low-fat dinner takes just 18 minutes to complete.

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      Five-Spice Pork Kabobs

      Grilled pork kabobs are a quick and healthy way to pull together dinner with international flair. Add slices of sweet pepper, red onion, or portobello mushrooms to the skewers for added nutrition.

      Healthy Pork Recipe Tip: Use reduced-sodium soy sauce to keep your kabobs flavorful but healthy.

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      Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Cranberries

      Ditch the potatoes common to classic pork loin roast for fiber-rich, protein-packed chickpeas. Dried cranberries add tart flavor to the pork's simple salt-and-pepper rub.

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