Pork Chops with Roasted Onions, Figs, and Kale

by Meg on April 15, 2014

I know I haven’t posted a recipe in a really long time, but I plan on getting better at being a more “regular recipe poster”.

Eddie and I have already been talking about posting recipes on A Dash of Meg on a more regular basis, but first we need to get into the same province.

Once we are living together we will then have the time to put our creative foodie brains together and recipe develop like we have been dreaming of doing for quite some time now. July cannot come fast enough.

In the mean time, I’ve been pretty much sticking with the basics. The foods that make me feel and function best. Some times this means having the same meal over and over again because I just really love it and it makes me happy and feel good. So, I will repeat some meals (such as my stuffed acorn squash) several times before switching it up, but other times I create new recipes!

On the weekend Eddie’s Mom requested that I do something with the pork chops she had bought at Costco during our last shopping trip, so I opened the fridge, took inventory, and developed a pretty impressive dish if I do say so myself!

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Onions, kale, and figs all tickled my tastebuds when I thought about ingredients to use with the pork chops that were to be used for dinner.

Pork Chops with Roasted Onions, Figs, and Kale

Serves 3

Ingredients:

3 boneless pork chops
1 medium sweet onion, sliced
2 – 3 cups kale, de-stemmed
6 dried figs (I used these ones), rehydrated* and halved
3 tbsp coconut oil, divided
sea salt
pepper

*To rehydrate the figs I placed 6 figs in a bowl of water overnight.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a bowl and toss with figs, onion, and kale. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to baking dish.

Melt remaining 1 tbsp of coconut oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Meanwhile, season both sides of pork with salt and pepper. Once skillet is hot, pan sear pork for 2 – 3 minutes on each side.

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Place pan seared pork on top of kale, onion, and fig mix. Place in oven and cook until onions are limp and the internal temperature of the pork reads 160 degrees F. Remove and serve with your favourite side dish (I served our pork, kale, onions, and figs with a side of sautéed asparagus!)

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ The Soulful Spoon April 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Hey dear! I think it’s fantastic you found someone who enjoys food and recipes like you do:) So cute! I’m the same way with food, once I find one that makes me feel good and that sits well with me, I just can’t get enough! Glad to hear you sound like you’re doing well:)

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

thank you Heather :)

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Brooke April 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Sounds sooo good! I haven’t had figs in WAY too long. I need to fix that ;)

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

YES :D

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Samantha @ The Faithful Runner April 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

This looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing! :) I’ve already got some pork chops thawing out. I can’t wait to try it!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Awwww that excites me :D

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Mitchell April 16, 2014 at 5:39 AM

That look so good, especially the inclusion of figs (could they be more awesome?) :)

I bought pork mince for the first time this week because I have, at the ripe old age of 23, never had pork. Any suggestions for using it?

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

meatballs!!!!!!! :D i know there are some really amazing asian inspired pork meatball recipes floating around out there :D

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM

figs!! makes every dish a winner!!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

glad you agree ;)

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Livi April 16, 2014 at 7:53 AM

I haven’t tried pork chops yet (I’ve only been eating meat since december!) but this might just be the recipe to do it with!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

oh yay let me know if you do :D

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Michele @ paleorunningmomma April 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Fabulous and easy recipe and I love all the ingredients. Perfect. Will do this next time I have pork chops for sure :)

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

oh that makes me so happy :D

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Ashley M April 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Wow! This look amazing! I LOVE all of those ingredients so I will definitely be trying this soon! Oh how I looooove figs! Can’t wait for more “Meg and Eddie Food Posts” :)

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

awwwww :) you’re adorable. i am sure excited to have more eddie on the blog too ;) let me know when you try this <3

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 16, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Mmm, looks delicious!!! I loooove asparagus! So glad it’s back in season again!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM

ahhhh me too :D one of my favs :D

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Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner April 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

This look fabulous! I can’t wait to put it on our menu!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM

oh yay that makes me so excited :D

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Jody - Fit at 56 April 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I am not a pork chop fan but hubby is! Looks amazing!

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Meg April 16, 2014 at 6:28 PM

if you prefer pork tenderloin sub that in! i much prefer the tenderloin :D

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Hannah R. April 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

This looks like a fancy restaurant meal! Nice work, Meg. I will definitely be trying the the kale, onion, and fig mix sans the pork:) That will be so fun to make create recipes with Eddie soon!

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Meg April 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

let me know when you try the combo :D add tempeh!!!!! <3

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