Serve this sheet pan meal of Mexican spiced baked panko crusted pork and zucchini with a healthy and cooling avocado dip.
Mexican seasonings make an appearance in my recipes all the time because they have those warm and spicy flavors I can’t resist. I buy spice blends at Cost Plus since they’re organic and very reasonably priced, but when Casa De Santa offered to send samples of their products (including Mexican) I was more than willing to give them a try.
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Sheet pan meals are all the rage these days. They make it super easy to put a healthy meal on the table without a lot of clean-up, and the perfect opportunity to try out the Mexican blend with boneless pork chops and zucchini sticks. After a dusting of panko and seasoning, I baked my pork and vegetables on a cookie rack for extra crunch, then served them with a refreshing avocado dip.
This is one sheet pan meal that’s ready in minutes gluten-free, and FODMAP friendly thanks to Casa De Sante!
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Serves 4 servings
Sheet Pan Mexican Panko Crusted Pork and Zucchini Sticks with Avocado Sauce
20 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 1 ½ tablespoon Mexican seasoning
- ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 cups zucchini, sliced into small spears
- 1 pound boneless pork chops, 4 chops
- ¾ cup low-fat sour cream
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- ½ small avocado
- ½ teaspoon Mexican seasoning
- ½ ea lime, juiced
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray or use a silpat.
- Combine panko, cornmeal, and Mexican seasoning into a large bowl.
- Add buttermilk to another large bowl.
- Dredge zucchini spears through buttermilk and gently shake off excess. Then dredge through panko mixture and place on one-half of the cookie sheet.
- Repeat procedure for pork chops and place on the second half of the cookie sheet. Spray the tops with olive oil cooking spray.
- Bake in the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes until pork is no longer pink in the center and vegetables are lightly browned.
- Combine sour cream, cilantro, avocado, 1/4 teaspoon Mexican seasoning, and lime in a blender until well blended.
- Serve pork and zucchini with sauce.
Food energy: 480kcal
Weight Watchers Smart Points 14
Saturated fatty acids: 7.04g
Total fat: 21.09g
Calories from fat: 189
Carbohydrate, by difference: 41.12g
Total dietary fiber: 4.66g
Total sugars: 6.36g