Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

I’ve almost forgot to post this one!! We had this pork tenderloin for our Easter lunch and it was really delicious! The glaze was really simple and worked so well with the pork and the sweet potatoes and apples. I love dishes where you can throw everything in one pan and it all cooks together! This meal is simple enough for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough for a special occasion! You could also try adding carrots, a different type of potato, or any other root vegetable!

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Ingredients:

recipe from: www.healthyfoodforliving.com

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)

1 tbls. extra virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbls. coarse ground Dijon mustard

1 tbls. + 1 tsp pure maple syrup, divided

2 tbls. apple cider

1 large apple peeled, cored, and sliced into eighths

1 large sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Toss the sliced apples and sweet potatoes with 2 tsp olive oil & 1 tsp maple syrup, and season with salt & pepper; spread evenly in the bottom of a baking dish large enough to hold the tenderloin. Place in oven and set timer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, season the pork tenderloin generously all over with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 1 tsp olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When hot, add in the pork and sear on all sides, until golden brown. Remove from heat.

Stir together the mustard, remaining 1 Tbsp maple syrup, and cider in a small bowl.

After the pork has rested for a few minutes, brush all over with the mustard/syrup/cider glaze. At this point, the timer for the sweet potatoes and apples should be about to go off. Remove baking dish from the oven, stir contents gently, and nestle the coated tenderloin on top of the apples and sweet potatoes.

Roast until a thermometer inserted into the pork tenderloin reaches 140°F, about 20-25 minutes. The pork will continue to cook as it rests, so the temperature will reach 145°F. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Remove the tenderloin from the baking dish and slice. Serve with the apples and sweet potatoes.

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crock pot asian pork

I just really, really  love crock pot meals. There is nothing better than throwing ingredients into a pot in the morning, going about your day, then having a wonderful meal for you family that night. This asian pork is another skinnytaste recipe that is so good you’d never ever know it’s a skinnytaste recipe.

The pork simmers all day that it is absolutely fork tender at the end of the cooking time. It simmers in a wonderful blend of asian spices that are so unique and delicious. Most of the ingredients should be easy to find. However, if you live in small town, texas you might have a hard time finding the Chinese 5 Spice but it is definitely worth the hunt, it gives a wonderful flavor to this dish. Serve it over simple to prepare rice noodles, brown rice or steamed veggies.

Ingredients:

recipe slightly adapted from: skinnytaste.com 

2-3 lb. lean boneless pork roast

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 c. low-sodium fat-free chicken broth

1/2 c. reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/3 c. balsamic vinegar

2 tbls. sugar

1 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice

3-4 cloves crushed garlic

1 tbls. fresh grated ginger root

Directions:

Season pork on all side with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat, drizzle with a little oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 7 – 8 minutes.

In the crock pot, combine the broth, soy sauce, balsamic, agave or sugar, Chinese five spice, garlic and ginger; add the pork and set the slow cooker to 6-8 hours on low.

When time is done, shred pork with two forks and place back in liquid. Keep warm until ready to serve!

spice rubbed pork chops

This is an extremely easy and quick weeknight dinner option. Pork chops are rubbed with a wonderful blend of spices then pan seared and cooked to perfection. Also, with the lean pork chops and a minimal amount of oil it is an exceptionally healthy main dish.

Ingredients:

recipe adapted from: myrecipes.com

2 (4-oz) boneless pork loin chops

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

3/4 tsp. brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

Preparation:

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with garlic salt and pepper. Combine cumin, chili powder and sugar in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle half of spice mixture over 1 side of pork. Add oil to pan to coat. Add pork to pan, spice side down. Cook 2 minutes or until browned. Turn pork over, sprinkle remaining spice mixture on pork and cook 4 minutes or until done.