Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

SERVES 8 / PREP: 10 MINUTES / COOK: 6 HOURS / TOTAL: 6 HOURS, 10 MINUTES

This classic comfort food recipe tastes better with all-homemade ingredients. You can put this together the night before in the slow cooker, refrigerate the crock, and turn on the slow cooker just before leaving the house in the morning. Knowing there’s a delicious hot meal waiting when you get home from work makes the hours go by all the faster. Pork, which can often be a dense meat, turns tender in this recipe and falls apart when served. You can eat these pork chops served with vegetables to keep carbs in check, or serve over potatoes.

4 (8-ounce) bone-in pork chops, either top loin or center loin cuts

1 recipe Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (here)

1 cup low-fat milk

1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons Ranch Seasoning (here)

1 Place the pork chops in a slow cooker, and pour the mushroom soup, milk, and broth over them.

2 Mix in the ranch seasoning to coat well.

3 Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low for 6 hours. The pork chops are done when they’re tender and nearly falling off the bone.

4 Serve immediately.

Did you know? Pork (and all meats, eggs, and dairy) is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is important for preventing anemia and crucial for nerve function. Due to changes in the absorption of vitamin B12 and a risk of its deficiency after bariatric surgery, many patients need a B12 supplement in the form of a pill or injection.

Per Serving (½ pork chop): Calories: 180 Total fat: 6g Sodium: 700mg Total carbs: 14g Sugar: 3g Fiber: 1g Protein: 13g

Post-Op Servings

image ½ pork chop