Friday, November 6, 2020

Healthy Fall-Themed Dinner Recipes

Fall is such a GREAT season, isn't it? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a couple of HEALTHY fall-themed dinner recipes we found online, in this week's blog. It may be tempting sometimes to overeat or eat something unhealthy around this time of year, but if you have a weight loss goal you're working on, we support you! You can do this! If you are working on yourself health-wise and would like to schedule a health check-up with an experienced physician at the Lake of the Ozarks, please call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. You will find our Primary Healthcare Providers and phone numbers on our website at

Healthy Fall-Themed Dinner Recipes


Skillet Apple Pork Chops


1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 (6-oz.) bone-in pork chops

¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

½ cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

2 medium apples, thinly sliced

1 small red onion, thinly vertically sliced


Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork chops evenly with 3/8 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon pepper. Add pork chops to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until pork chops are done. Remove from pan.

Step 2

Combine stock and mustard, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl. Add remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 3/8 teaspoon pepper, sage, rosemary, apple, and onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in stock mixture. Return pork chops to pan; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.


Chicken and Gnocchi Dumpling Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1 ½ cups chopped red onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrot

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided

8 ounces whole-wheat gnocchi (such as Gia Russa)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup frozen green peas

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.

Step 2

Add onion, celery, carrot, rosemary, and thyme to pan; cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add 4 cups stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Add gnocchi to pan; cook 3 minutes or until gnocchi float to the surface.

Step 3

Combine the remaining 1 cup stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add stock mixture to the pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in chicken and peas; cook 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Happy Fall Everyone!

All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that enjoyed reading these healthy fall dinner recipes and we hope that we've encouraged you to eat healthy! If you are looking to improve your health and would like to schedule a health check-up with one of our experienced Primary Care Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, please give us a call today!

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