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Crock-Pot Apple-Bacon Pork Chops with Rice, Zucchini and Mushrooms

Crock-Pot Apple-Bacon Pork Chops with Rice, Zucchini and Mushrooms
YIELDS
4 servings
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Ingredients

Cooking spray (Pam)
6 6
large pork chops (trimmed)
½
cup cup broth on hand (chicken, vegetable or beef)
1
Tbsp 1 tbsp maple syrup
1
tsp 1 tsp cinnamon
2 2
apples
1 ½
cup cups basmati or white rice
3
cup 3 cups water
8
slices 8 slices ready fried bacon from the grocery store
2
cup 2 cups croutons
1
can 1 can unsweetened apple sauce (10 oz or 284 mL)
1
tsp 1 tsp olive oil
2 2
small zucchini
5 5
mushrooms
½
tsp tsp Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning
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Directions

Step 1

In the morning…
Heat a large fry pan sprayed with cooking spray at med-high.

Step 2

Brown trimmed pork chops on both sides until nicely brown.
Place browned pork chops in crock-pot but do not clean fry pan.

Step 3

Combine broth, maple syrup and cinnamon in the unclean fry pan.

Step 4

Stir at high heat until there are no more brown bits on the bottom of the pan (deglazing fry pan).

Step 5

Pour broth mixture over pork chops.

Step 6

Peel and slice apples and layer over chops.

Step 7

Set crock-pot at low heat and cover.When you are just about ready to eat…

Step 8

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

Step 9

Combine rice and water in a large microwave safe pot with lid.

Step 10

Cover and microwave at high 10 minutes, then medium 10 minutes.

Step 11

Remove center crock from the crock-pot and layer the following over chops: bacon, croutons, and then apple sauce.

Step 12

Place in hot oven until everything else is ready to serve.

Step 13

Heat oil in the unclean fry pan at med-high.

Step 14

Wash and cut zucchini into chunks and mushrooms into quarters, adding to pan as you cut. Sprinkle with spice.

Step 15

Toss occasionally until zucchini is tender.

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