Friday, January 24, 2014

Healthy Dinner Recipe: Island Pork Tenderloin with Veggie & Black Bean Quinoa

As a busy mom, I try to stick with recipes that are healthy, easy to make, and cook quickly. Last night's dinner was spot on and sooo good, I almost forgot to snap a pic before I dug in! Island Pork Tenderloin from the original P90X nutrition plan, and quinoa with sautéed veggies and black beans. Total time including prep and cooking was only about 30 minutes.

Island Pork Tenderloin: 

  • 16 oz. lean pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 2 tsp. olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 Tbsp. fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Tobasco sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with the spice rub.
3. Health 1 Tbsp. oil in a 12-inch skillet over moderately high heat and brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes.
4. Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tobasco, and pat onto top of tenderloin. Place pork in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Quinoa with Sautéed Veggies and Black Beans

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (use chicken stock in place of water for added flavor).
2. Heat oil in small skillet, add onion, green pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper; sauté until veggies are soft.
3. Add black beans to skillet with veggies and heat through.
4. Once quinoa is ready, mix in sautéed veggies and serve.

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