Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with Medjool Dates

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  • 16 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted, chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. low-sodium tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 lbs. boneless pork loin chops, about 1/2-inch thick
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place 12 dates, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and when cool enough to handle, pulse in a small food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cover and set aside.
  2. Season pork on all sides with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat or in a preheated grill pan for about 10 minutes or until pork reaches 145°F internally, turning once. Brush with most of the sauce during last 3 minutes of cooking. Glaze a final time and serve with salad.
  3. Garnish with remaining dates and cilantro.
Nutritional analysis per serving  - Calories: 750, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA:  9.51, PUFA:  1.57, Cholesterol: 185mg, Sodium: 610mg, Potassium: 1549mg, Carbohydrates: 73g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 64g, Protein: 71g, Vitamin A:  4%, Vitamin C:  2%, Calcium:  15%, Iron:  15%