Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash

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My toes hurt really bad. That’s because minimus shoes should not be warn in the dead of winter, in 4 inches of snow. There are literally 2 feet long icicles hanging outside my building. If one of those falls, there is no way this piece of felt covering my foot is going to hold up against deathcicles. Seriously though, those things are Final Destination style.

I usually dress quite properly in winter. My proper attire includes spandex shorts, high socks, boots, 4 sweaters, a down jacket, and a scarf. Winter meets summer as Jason would like to say. I get a lot of stares, and dirty looks, and questions. “Aren’t you cold??” Well no sh*t my thigh region is cold. It’s literally 15 degrees out and I’m wearing spandex shorts. I’m not completely stupid you f*ck. Too much. At least my crotch is warm, spandex tend to be nice and snug if you haven’t noticed.

Oh and for all you ladies out there, I was being annoying and having a fat day, then my friend sent me this link. I think I sometimes just need to unf*ck my head. And stop being bat sh*t crazy. Sometimes when I see videos like THIS F*CKIN’ GUY, I get a little down and out, but then I remember that I can clean and jerk more than that p*ssy and I feel much better. Sorry, I’m really in a cursing mood today. But seriously check out the links, I don’t post many for a reason.

On a lighter note, I think I might have fallen in love….with pork. Of course I didn’t fall in love with a man. That would just be dumb. And irresponsible. For now, I just stick with my love for food. And apples, onions, pork and a hearty carb all together just make sense. It was an explosion of tear-jerking flavors in this meal. I could literally eat caramelized onions and burnt broccoli all day, errrrday and be happy as a clam.

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Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash

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Ingredients

For your crockpot butternut squash

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt

For your pork chops

  • 2 large pork chops, bone in
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and dice your butternut squash.
  3. Throw it in your crockpot with other crockpot ingredients. Cover, turn on low for 2 hours or high for 1 hour.
  4. Now time to prepare everything else.
  5. Pull out 2 medium-large size skillets, put under medium heat.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to each skillet, throw in your sliced onions in one and sliced apples in the other.
  7. Toss occasionally to help the onions and apples cook evenly.
  8. Once the onions and apples start to become translucent, add 1 tablespoon of honey to each skillet along with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to and a pinch of salt.
  9. Mix together and let the onions and apples caramelize a bit.
  10. While they finish caramelizing, prepare your chops.
  11. Season the pork chops with a bit of salt, pepper, cinnamon, and mustard powder on both side.
  12. Once apples and onions are done caramelizing, remove apples from heat, and throw your onions in the apple skillet.
  13. Keep onion skillet over heat, and add seasoned pork chops to sear on both sides for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  14. Now throw your onion and apple mixture in a baking dish and place pork chops on top.
  15. Put the baking dish in the oven and good for 18-20 minutes (depending how thick your chops are) or until the internal temperature of the chops are around 145 degrees. Boom
  16. Check on your butternut squash, poke with a fork, if tender start your mashing!! I used a broken whisk, you don’t have to do that. A fork or potato masher with work just fine.
  17. Now plate your mashed butternut squash then a chop then apples and onions. Consume.

 

Stunner shades on, knife in tow, onions sliced. I still cried. Effin A. 3 days of not showering. Damn I look good.

PaleOMG Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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44 thoughts on “Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash”

  1. I am new to CrossFit/Paleo lifestyle (about 4 months now) and have experienced some amazing results. I have really enjoyed your recipes and your writing… love your irreverence and "keepin' it real" attitude!

  2. Thanks so much Alex!! My friend said the picture made the recipe look disgusting. He must be dumb huh?

    Thanks so much Elena!! Keep up the good work!

  3. Wow you aren't messin' around when you call it paleOMG!! This was AMAZING! So glad that pintrest helped me to stumble upon your website. Can't wait to try some more of your recipes 🙂

  4. That's awesome you found my blog on pinterest! I love that thing lol. Thanks for checking out my blog Destin! Glad you liked the recipe!! let me know if you try any more!

  5. I was going to make this tonight, but I forgot to buy butternut squash. I have apples, I have pork chops, I'll just go from there.

  6. I’ve been doing Crossfit for about 5 months, and paleo for a month. Your site is great! Just tried this tonight and it was awesome! Thanks for all the great recipes and keep it up!

  7. I made these last night minus the apple but with balsamic mushrooms. My new love are infused balsamics. I used blackberry ginger balsamic so the mushrooms were like candy, and the pork chops cooked perfectly! And I think my massive tupperware of spag squash is going to transform itself into bacon alfredo in the morning.

  8. We made this last night and it was amazing. Everything came together quick but my only issue was the butternut squash. You really got that sucker cooked to perfection in an hour? After going on an hour and a half our poor squash cubes were still hard and we finished the job with the steamer. No complaints tho, the food was worth the wait just wondering what the heck with my crocker!

  9. I saw this, its 11.30pm, and I think I will be going to the store right now so I can get to making this tomorrow lol.

  10. Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying your blog, the ramblings :), and the recipes! My boyfriend and I have made the pork chops today and the date and shallot rosemary chicken on Monday and loved them both! We’re not eating completely paleo but trying to incorporate more into out diet and we’re feeling great! Thank you so much for such a great resource for recipes!
    We’ll also be starting our Elements classes for Crossfit in 2 weeks, any suggestions or pointers? I’m so nervous I’ll make a total fool of myself! 🙂

  11. I have the chops in the oven. Smells super Nice – maybe bit on the sweet side… And since I rarely have luck making pork chop come out good I have HIGH expectations with thiese;-)
    I will let you know how we like them!
    Think I will also need a green side dish of some ind to balance the heavy sweetness…. Hmmmmm… Will have to see what I have in the fridge!

  12. Is there a reason why you cooked the apple and onion separately? Trying to figure out why you couldn’t just cook them together in the same skillet

  13. Just made this for dinner tonight. My kids at the pork, but wouldn’t touch the rest of it. And that is just fine with me….means I get the rest of it. DELICIOUS!!! Could have eaten all of the caramelized apples & onions.

  14. OH WOW!!! I have been eating Paleo for a few months now & never ever (Paleo or not) have I had something so good! I did just boil the squash on the stove top for a quicker fix & then added the ingredients. I also love your blog b/c you make servings for 1 or 2 people instead of 5 or 6. I am single & sometimes the Paleo stuff can be overwhelming d/t the large sizes.
    Thanks so much & keep up the good work!

  15. Made this tonight for dinner. My non-paleo but being converted hubby loved it! Yay!! As did I. Thanks for the great recipe and blog.

  16. Damnnnn…this was sooo good! This is the second dish I’ve made from your recipes and so far so excellent. Can’t wait to try the next one!!

  17. OMG!! I’m making this as we ‘speak’ and I made the mistake of tasting the onions/apples combo. I could scarf it down by itself! Can’t wait to try the finished product!

  18. Made this tonight and both me and the hubby loved it. In fact, he said it was the best pork chop he’d ever eaten in his life! I made it in one skillet (too lazy for the two) and it worked out great; my onions were very thinly sliced. I didn’t have a butternut squash, but served it with roasted cauliflower. Thank you so much for your awesome recipes! <3 <3

  19. Me and mine just devoured this for Sunday dinner. Two Granny Smith apples, a medium regular onion that I was too impatient to really carmelize, and it was STILL awesome sauce. Plenty of apple/onion and squash to accompany a Foreman grill chicken thigh for a quick after work meal tomorrow.

  20. Made this last night and my husband raved about it. At first, I was concerned that the pork chops would be tough, but, I was pleasantly surprised. They turned out tender and moist.

  21. This is so random but I have followed your blog and Instagram for a while, and I have your book (and I may have already preordered your next one that’s coming out with George- fine, call me a groupie).. But I can’t seem to find your recipe for burnt broccoli anywhere! Am I just missing it, or do you not have one? Or is there a recipe of someone else’s you prefer? I have found a few that I have tried but I have been dying to know how you make yours!!

  22. my husband and I made this tonight, we had apples from N.C. that we brought home to Fl. , Pork chops that we bought from a great meat guy at our local Farmers Market on Sanibel Island, the butternut we also brought home from our friends at the Waynesville Farmers market in N.C. We had all these great ingredients and then found this Fab recipe! How lucky are we! Thank you! Love your blog!

  23. This was so so great! My husband AND kids loved it too. Next time I think I won’t cook down the apples so much before putting them in the oven, as they were crazy mushy and made it look not-so appealing, but it was so tasty. Good work, Juli!

  24. I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday. I made it this evening and my family LOVED it,even my picky eater cleaned his plate. It’s definitely a keeper. I cooked the squash in a pot on the stove and added s little brown sugar, but that was the only change I made.

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