Budget Meals Under 10 Dollars - Apple Pork Chops

October traditionally is apple buying season. As fall creeps into winter, we find ourselves buying apple cider, making caramel apples for Halloween, and filling our home with the smells of fresh baked apple pies. This is the time of the year when we first put on our winter coats or crank on the heat in the house. It is the perfect time for good, rib-sticking comfort food. Food that goes down warm and sends warmth throughout your body. Food that stays with you all day long. I have a great recipe that is both economical and fits the bill for warmth and taste. As an added benefit, this recipe will generously incorporate the apple and allow us to stay with the theme of the season.

This recipe is also extremely easy to make and uses some wonderful rustic ingredients. These rustic ingredients blend together to create some unbelievable aromas. This recipe calls for two red apples but I always use an extra one for good measure. Sometimes I will mix a Red Delicious with a Granny Smith just to contrast flavors. I hope you will enjoy this economical comfort recipe as much as I do and be sure to look out for our other recipes in this ongoing series on great food made at home under $10!  

Apple Pork Chops   Makes 4 Servings   4 pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick   1 onion, chopped,  2 cups mushrooms, sliced,  2 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette dressing, 1 1/2 cups white rice, uncooked, 1 can (10 1/2 oz.) condensed chicken broth , 1 can broth water,   2 red apples, chopped, 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves    

1. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add chops; cook on medium-high heat 4 minutes on each side or until browned.  
2. Add onion, mushrooms, and dressing, Cook an additional 3 minutes.     
3. Stir in rice, broth, water, apples and thyme. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 10 minutes or until chops are heated through.

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