Friday, October 22, 2010

FALLing in Love: Week 3

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Green Beans
I can't believe October is almost over already!  We are SOOO ready for baby's first Halloween!  In the meantime, we're staying fit and healthy without sacrificing deliciousness!  Did you know that ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin has almost the same caloric and fat content as a chicken breast?!  I didn't believe it myself when I first heard it, so here's a great link with the skinny on pigs:
Needless to say, once I was a believer, it found its way onto the dinner table a lot more.  I'm sharing my favorite grilled pork tenderloin recipe with a new side dish we just tried tonight.  It was delicious!

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time:  25 minutes / Servings: 2

  • 16 oz. Pork Tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup mustard (any variety is fine, I just used regular yellow)
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1" rounds
  • 1 large Fuji or Gala Apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Braise the sweet potatoes on high heat for about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add apples, 1/4 water, season with salt, pepper and pumpkin pie spice.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until apples and sweet potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  3. Add green beans, cover, reduce heat to low and cook another 5 minutes.
  1. Season the pork with mustard, salt and pepper. 
  2. Spray a grill pan or grill with non-fat cooking spray.  Heat on high heat until a drop of water bounces off the grill.  Place the pork chops on the hot grill and cook for about 6 minutes on each side.  Do not move the pork while cooking to maintain grill marks. 
  3. After the pork is grilled, remove from heat and cover tightly with tin foil.  Let it sit in the foil for 5-10 minutes.  This will continue to cook the pork, but keep it tender and juicy.

Place 1/2 of the veggies on a plate and place the pork tenderloin on top.  Repeat and enjoy!

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