Sweet Apple Pork with Cider Rice + Honey-Roasted Broccoli
All I gotta say is, sweet makes everything better! This meal had “Classic Kath” written all over it – apples, cinnamon and honey. Yum!
Pork tenderloins were BOGO free at Harris Teeter today so that’s what went on the menu. We have butterflied and stuffed them with all kinds of yummy things – dates, bleu cheese, pesto, apricots – but tonight we kept the tenderloin whole, brined it in apple cider and grilled it for some char. Superb! You could really taste the apple flavor.
My 3 oz portion:
To complement the meat, I made short grain brown rice with half water, half cider and also simmered a whole apple on the stove-top to stir in at the end. (See this post for info on cooking apples to add to oatmeal and the like). I added some tarragon and cinnamon to mine. I can honestly say that my last big bite tasted just like apple pie. All that was missing was the vanilla ice cream!
We also roasted some broccoli in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400* – drizzled with about 2 tsp of honey. Roasting is hands down the best method for cooking vegetables. I can’t think of a single vegetable that doesn’t have more flavor when roasted!
Lastly, I had half of a leftover ciabatta roll on the side.
All together -
This meal was about 550 kcal, 10 grams of fiber and 35 grams of protein.
I never really got hungry for a snack this afternoon. I was busy running errands, grocery shopping and doing household chores. I did have a few swigs of the husband’s beer while we started on dinner. This new flavor of Blue Moon is great!
Here’s the recap for all you foodies!
- Mushrooms (button and shitake)
- Butternut squash
- A yellow squash and zucchini
- A sweet potato
- An orange
- Lemon + lime
- Apples (2)
- An avocado
- Collard greens
- Bell peppers (2)
- Frozen peppers
- Frozen brussels sprouts (I’ve never had these but love BS so I thought I’d give them a try for a quick side one night)
- Frozen okra (a staple in our house for soups!)
- Bag of spinach
- 2 cans pumpkin
- EZ peel frozen shrimp (on sale for $3 per pound!)
- Apple cider
- Pork tenderloin (2 per pack – we frozen one)
- A secret seafood ingredient in the package
- Blue Moon
- Manly deodorant
- Dried lima beans
- Dried pinto and navy beans
Off to snuggle up with Eat, Pray, Love!