What would happen if I spread some creamy Caesar dressing on some meat and cooked it?
This question popped into my head the other day and became the inspiration for this recipe.
That’s it, really. It’s so simple, I am not even sure if you can call it a recipe, but I wanted to share it anyway for those of you who love a quick and easy dinner that doesn’t take much thought or effort.
Creamy Caesar dressing that is low in calories and Smart Points.
The thing about creamy salad dressings is that they typically are not low in calories/Smart Points. The dressing I decided to use for this was the Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar dressing, that is made up of creamy yogurt, grated asiago cheese, a splash of lemon juice, a hint of garlic and some spices. This dressing complements both the pork and the salad in this no-fuss dinner.
I’ll be honest, I had written off the Bolthouse Farms dressings, because I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners and I thought all of their dressings had artificial sweeteners in them. I almost passed it by in the store, but something in me wanted to at least check. As you can imagine, I was super pleased to see that artificial sweeteners were not on in the ingredients list, and I snatched it up! You can read more about the ingredients and nutrition facts for the Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar dressing here.
This recipe is 5 WW Smart Points when you use the dressing mentioned above.
Other Creamy Caesar dressing options.
After making this recipe, I discovered that there were other great light Creamy Caesar dressings on the market, so I thought I might share a few of them, along with how many Smart Points per serving this recipe would be if you used each one as a substitute for the Bolthouse Farms dressing.
Here are a few dressings that you may choose from and the number of Weight Watchers Smart Points per serving if you use them in this recipe…
6 WW SP
6 WW SP
5 WW SP
The Kraft Light Creamy Caesar dressing (mentioned above) is actually the lowest in calories/Smart Points at just 40 calories and 1 WW SP for 2 tablespoons.
If you use a full fat dressing, like Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar dressing, this recipe would be 8 WW SP per serving, just to give you a point of reference.
Okay, enough about the dressing… let’s get to this super easy Caesar Pork Chops and salad recipe…
Here is all you need:
1 pound lean boneless pork chops, fat trimmed
Sprinkle of salt and pepper
5 tablespoons Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar Yogurt dressing
32 fat-free Seasoned croutons
6 ounces iceberg or romaine salad mix
Here is what you do:
Preheat large skillet or grill pan to medium heat.
Spray pork chops with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook pork in the preheated pan about 5-6 minutes on both sides.
Using a basting brush, coat the pork with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until pork is thoroughly cooked and slightly browned.
You can serve the pork chops with the salad on the side, or chop the pork up into bite-size pieces and toss it into the salad.
Each serving is 1/4 of the pork with 3/4 cup salad, 1 tablespoon salad dressing, and 8 croutons.
Makes 4 servings.
1 serving is approx. 3 ounces cooked pork, 3/4 cup salad, 1 tablespoon salad dressing, and 8 croutons.
1 serving is 5 WW FreeStyle Smart Points.
- Serves: 4 servings
- Serving size: approx. 3 ounces cooked pork, ¾ cup salad, 1 tablespoon salad dressing, and 8 croutons
- Calories: 253
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated fat: 3 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 382 mg
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 27 g
- Cholesterol: 82 mg
- Cooking spray
- 1 pound lean boneless pork chops, fat trimmed
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 5 tablespoons Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar Yogurt dressing
- 32 fat-free Seasoned croutons
- 6 ounces iceberg or romaine salad mix
- Preheat large skillet or grill pan to medium heat.
- Spray pork chops with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cook pork in the preheated pan about 5-6 minutes on both sides.
- Using a basting brush, coat the pork with about 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until pork is thoroughly cooked and slightly browned.
- Serve the pork chops with the salad on the side, or chop the pork up into bite-size pieces and toss it into the salad.
- Each salad get approximately 3 ounces cooked pork, ¾ cup salad, 1 tablespoon dressing, and 8 croutons.
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