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from "Real Simple® magazine"

To prevent prunes and other sticky foods from clinging to your knife as you chop, moisten a paper towel with vegetable oil and wipe the blade frequently with it.

Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Makes 4 servings
 Real Simple® magazine

1 10-ounce box couscous
3/4 cup chopped pitted prunes
2 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 1- to 1 1/4-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

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Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the couscous according to the package directions.* Set aside. In a small saucepan, bring the prunes, cider, vinegar, and thyme to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork with the salt and pepper. Add the pork and cook, turning once, until browned but not cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a baking dish. Roast until no trace of pink remains, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, return skillet to medium-low heat, add the onion, and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the cider mixture and simmer for 2 minutes more. Divide the pork chops among individual plates. Spoon the pan sauce over the top and serve with the couscous.

CALORIES 700(24% from fat); FAT 19g (sat 6g); PROTEIN 37g; CHOLESTEROL 90mg; SODIUM 239mg; FIBER 6g; CARBOHYDRATE 95g

*FreshDirect Note: If package instructions do not exist for the couscous, simply measure out 1 1/4 cups of water for each 1 cup of dry couscous you plan to prepare. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, adding a teaspoon of butter and a dash of salt for flavor, if desired. When the water boils, stir in the couscous, cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Allow the pot to stand, covered, for 5-8 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and serve. One cup dry couscous makes approximately 3 3/4 cups cooked couscous.

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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Near East Original Plain Couscous - $2.59/ea
  Just FreshDirect Pitted Prunes - $5.99/ea
  Red Jacket Orchards 100% Natural Apple Cider, Plastic Bottle - $3.99/ea
 64fl oz
  Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar - $2.69/ea
 32fl oz
  Thyme - $1.99/ea
  Boneless Center-Cut Pork Loin Chop - $5.69/lb
 1.0", Standard Pack
  Organic Yellow Onion, Medium - $1.99/lb
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  Peeled Garlic - $4.99/ea
 approx. 8oz
  Just FreshDirect Extra-Virgin Olive Oil - $10.99/ea
  Morton Coarse Kosher Salt - $2.99/ea
  Just FreshDirect Tellicherry Peppercorns (Refill) - $4.99/ea
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