Chef Robert’s Recipe: Caramelized Pacific Rim Pork Chops

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Chef Robert’s Recipe: Caramelized Pacific Rim Pork Chops

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On July’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast I interviewed Chef Robert Lewis aka ‘The Happy Diabetic’ about grilling tips for the Summer. Our Divabetic Inspiration, P.M. Dawn’s frontman, Prince Be suffered multiple diabetes health-related complications including stroke, amputation and kidney disease before passing away at age 46 earlier this year.

People living with kidney disease are encouraged to follow specific dietary guidelines for optimum health including eating less protein. Since one of the biggest joys of Summer is using your backyard grill I asked Chef Robert to share some healthy summer grilling recipes that don’t include red meat.

After graduating from the Prestigios Culinary Institute of America in 1976. In 1998 Chef Robert was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Thus began his motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare.

Chef Robert Lewis’s Caramelized Pacific Rim Pork Chops Recipe

What’s in it?

  • 5 garlic cloves, halved
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 very thin pork rib chops (about 4 ounces each)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Let’s put it together

  1. Put the garlic, soy sauce, sugar and oil in a mini food
  • processor and process until the garlic is pureed.
  1. Put the pork chops on a rimmed pan and pour the
  • marinade over them; turn to coat the chops. Let stand at room
  • temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  1. Light a grill. Season the chops with salt and pepper and grill

over high heat until charred and just cooked through, about 2-4 minutes per side.



Chef Robert Lewis aka ‘the Happy Diabetic’ has been selected buy Sanofi and Everyday Health to do consumer online cooking videos. He is a keynote speaker for Taking Control of Your Diabetes all across the USA. He has worked with Sanofi, Abbott, Accu-Check-Roche, American Diabetes Association, Lyons Club International, Rotary Clubs, University of Wisconsin, Genesis Hospitals, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores, Kroger stores, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hill and Valley sugar free bakeries to name just a few!

His recipes celebrate great-tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy. Robert’s cookbooks are filled with tips, tidbits, and humorous anecdotes that I hope will make cooking fun! You are not what you eat, you are how much you eat!

Visit Chef Robert’s ‘The Happy Diabetic’ website for recipes, cooking tips and cookbooks



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