Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mustard and Maple Syrup glazed Pork Tenderloin with Arugula Salad and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This meal has become a staple dinner for the family. Not only is it simple to prepare and tastes delicious, it rates low on the Glycemic Index . Always a bonus. I was also happy to hear that new research has indicated that 100% pure maple syrup can be beneficial to diabetics .

Mustard and Maple Syrup glazed Pork Tenderloin INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp Whole Grain Mustard 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup salt & pepper 2 Pork Tenderloins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl mix together the mustard, olive oil and maple syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste. With a basting brush coat all sides of the pork tenderloin. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Optional: After coating the pork tenderloin cover and refrigerate over night.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
3 Sweet Potatoes 2 tsp olive oil salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degress. Chop Sweet Potatoes into 1 inch cubes, leaving the skin on. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake covered for 40-45 minutes, until tender.
Cherry Tomatoes & Arugula Salad
SALAD Arugula Cherry Tomatoes
DRESSING 3 tsp olive oil 1 tsp white-wine vinegar 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp dijon mustard salt & pepper
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, white-wine vinegar, lemon juice, dijon, salt and pepper. In a large salad bowl mix arugula, cherry tomatoes and dressing.

RATING This is my go-to recipe when I want to make something easy and healthy. When discussing the rating for this meal it was mentioned that "we always have pork tenderloin", however the plates are always cleaned off at the end of the meal. The picky eater mentioned that the meat was a little dry*. I then frowned at him. He mentioned that he likes the glaze. He suggested to marinate the meat longer next time. I agreed. He enjoys the sweet potatoes and the salad, but would prefer spinach over arugula. The kid talks about not being a fan of meat but finishes off his serving. He rates the sweet potatoes a 9 only because 10 is very, very high. He rates the salad low because he doesn't like the arugula. When I wasn't looking he stole all my cherry tomatoes. I'm taking that as a good sign and taking the liberty to raise his rating. This is a dinner that I love. Although there are the occasional mumblings I can count on this meal to be healthy and enjoyed by the entire family (except the dog).* The meat was a little dry this time

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