Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

Here it is Tuesday evening and I am pretty pleased with the day I have had thus far.

It was a beautiful day today, so mid morning I popped out for a 30 minute walk around the neighbourhood.

Breakfast: 166
Smoothie

Lunch: 352
1 cup Grapes, Fresh
Protein Meal Replacement Bar

Dinner: 558
1 cup Beans, Green, Cut
Soda pop chops with smashed potatoes

Snacks: 110
4 Hershey cookie and cream eggs

Total: 1186 Calories

FitBit: 6905 Steps
Stairs: 10
Exercise: 30 minute walk

The dinner I made tonight was really good. My hubby loved the sauce that went with it.

Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
1 cup diet root beer
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
4 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the root beer, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder; set aside. In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add pork chops, one at a time, and shake to coat.

3. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until chops are lightly browned; drain. Add root beer mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove pork and keep warm. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

4. Bring sauce to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Meanwhile, drain potatoes; mash with butter, garlic powder and remaining salt and pepper. Serve with pork chops and sauce.

Yield: 4 servings.

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