Emergency Paleo Italian Pork Chops (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Whole30)

I had an emergency today — I had to go to the doctor. But the emergency I had wasn’t medical, it was foodical — I needed to get supper in the oven before I left. I was going to be gone about three hours, and wouldn’t be back in time to get supper cooked by the time The Hub got home from work (and he walks in hungry). I knew I’d be hungry when I got home, too. (Not everything I do is motivated by spousal love and benevolence.)

So I whipped up this recipe for Emergency Paleo Italian Pork Chops, and let me tell you, I will definitely make this one-dish meal again! The two of us tasted it and gave it four thumbs up and 10 gold stars. And it took less than 10 minutes to put together. Yup. My kinda meal.

Bonus: it’s Paleo and Whole30 compliant.

Ingredients:

Serves 4 to 6. Prep time: 10 min., cook time 45 mins.

Six pork chops, bone-in

Two small zucchini, washed and sliced

Two small summer squash, washed and sliced

One 25-oz. jar spaghetti sauce/marinara sauce, no sugar or sulfites

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place pork chops in single layer in large lasagna pan (11-in. by 14-in., or thereabouts)

    Pork chops -- one of the basic paleo food groups!

    Pork chops — one of the basic paleo food groups!

  3. Top the chops with zucchini and summer squash.

    Top the Chops! With zucchini and summer squash.

    Top the Chops! With zucchini and summer squash.

  4. Pour spaghetti/marinara sauce over top of all.
    I LOVE this spaghetti sauce. It's sweet with no sugar, and it's made with olive oil. This is lick-the-pan good!

    I LOVE this spaghetti sauce. It’s sweet with no sugar, and it’s made with olive oil. This is lick-the-pan delish!

    Looks good already. Just wait until the delectable aroma fills your house.

    Looks good already. Just wait until the delectable aroma fills your house. Everybody’s gonna wanna know what’s cookin’.

  5. Place pan on middle rack of preheated oven. Bake 45 minutes or until chops are tender. Serve immediately. (Note: I baked mine today at 300 degrees F for three hours, and everything turned out perfect!)

    Emergency (for when supper is needed in a hurry) Paleo Italian Pork Chops with zucchini, summer squash, and Italian marinara sauce straight out of the jar.

    Tah Dah! Emergency Paleo Italian Pork Chops with zucchini, summer squash, and Italian marinara sauce straight out of the jar. What could be easier?

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