HEALTHY Pork Tenderloin — Wonderful Sunday

Who keeps at  least one Pork Tenderloin in the freezer for a quick and easy meal? I do, always buying when on sale. Great to thaw on a weekend with leftovers used in lunches throughout the week…pairing with citrus…a favorite addition to pork or lamb…IT.IS.FABULOUS.  

This recipe is sanctioned by the American Diabetes Association. What better Sunday-after-church-lunch with family and friends?  

Graciously, Chef Ronaldo agreed to share this recipe with all of us!

Mojo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin (Pernil)

(From “Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba”, p. 48)

This recipe takes the classic pork shoulder dish (pernil) and makes it healthier while still giving you the amazing Cubano flavor that we love. I have substituted pork tenderloin for pork shoulder in this version of the recipe. I can hear my father’s voice screaming at me, “Oye, chico, what are you doing changing the dish?” I’m not changing the essence of the dish, I’m just modifying it so people can enjoy it in a healthier way.

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PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15–20 minutes
SERVES: 5
SERVING SIZE: 1 (4-ounce) piece pork

2 navel oranges, peeled and cut in half
2 lemons, peeled
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
2 stems fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
1 (20-ounce) pork tenderloin
Nonstick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Grab your blender to make the mojo marinade. I use vitamix. Add oranges, lemons, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, vinegar, and fresh thyme leaves into the blender. Pulsate the mixture 4 times, then purée for 1 minute. Set aside 4 ounces mojo and add the rest to a resealable plastic bag.

3. Remove the silver skin from the pork tenderloin. Add pork tenderloin to the resealable plastic bag with the mojo. Marinate pork for at least 20 minutes in the fridge.

4. Remove the pork tenderloin from the bag (discarding the marinade in the bag) and pat dry with a paper towel. Preheat an ovenproof sauté pan over medium heat, spray with nonstick cooking spray, and wait 10 seconds for oil to come up to temperature. Brown both sides of pork tenderloin in the pan, then place pan in the oven for 15–20 minutes. Internal temperature of cooked pork should read 145°F.

5. Remove pork from oven and let it rest for a few minutes so juices redistribute. Drizzle some of the reserved mojo marinade on the pork, and serve.

Exchanges/Food Choices:
1/2 fruit, 3 lean protein

Calories 160
Calories From Fat 25
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 450mg
Potassium 590mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Phosphorus 300mg

Chef Ronaldo Sabores de Cuba

Copyright © 2016 by Ronaldo Linares. From Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba Photography: Kelly Campbell Photography. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Chef Ronaldo’s Sabores de Cuba is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.


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Our Words, Our Actions Will Make a Difference

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Marjie Johnson McGraw

We don’t send one another gifts, we are probably at opposite ends of the ‘pole’ on many issues.  Many issues that is except what it means to be a friend.

Marjie is a friend to me in every sense of the word.  If you read my recent post about the ABUNDANCE OF FRIENDSHIPS on the Arkansas Women Bloggers site:

http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/beautiful-abundance-gift-friendship/  

Remember the question Doug Smith asked?

“Is there anything I can do to make your life easier?”

I was humbled. It was something I will, obviously never forget. His quote and so many others changed me.

There are the Doug Smiths of this world, those working tirelessly to help so many others; and then there are the Marjie McGraws. Grateful to have both in my life.

Marjie is quiet, unassuming and always making my life easier.  She has never been unavailable when I’ve needed her — through both our years as new business owners and later, as we became the main caregivers for our parents.

 Marjie is a friend through THICK AND THIN!  To coin a phrase from Gloria Gaither’s book of the same name……

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She is there – now the only one of us still lucky enough to have her Mother.  She has always understood my need  for conversations of substance in good and bad times.

She is one of a kind.  She ‘gets’ it. She is Important to me.

For the remainder of December I want to share more about those in my life who are threaded through the fabric of who I am. Want them to know what they mean to me,  we can all learn from their behavior as friends…..

and BTW — this is the ONLY photo I can find of Marjie — and she will probably kill me for posting — but I must. Marjie has made the difference in my life.

Next up?  Stay tuned.

Thank you for reading.

It’s All In The Shoes

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We were standing in the sun, a light rain — a beautiful day for all practical purposes.

In that moment, riveted, I knew I was watching someone with the heart of a servant.

Parilee Croft was cleaning my muddy shoes. Please indulge me to tell you about this person, a friend I know and love. One of the Angels in my life.

On the surface we could not be more different. Parilee is Artist-in-Residence for Art on the Green.  After painting at the Gallery all day,  Parilee takes her beloved dog, Kep, to herd sheep after she leaves the Gallery. You heard correctly, herd sheep.  She herds sheep while I rush home to watch Dr. Phil! (scary, I know.)

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Parilee and friend on the River.

Parilee’s vacations are fishing, mine are going to the Capital Hotel for a few nights. (Those Frette sheets get me every time.)

Woodworking

Parilee in Woodworking class at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Parilee is in woodworking class, refinishing her grandparents antique bed, while I’m just beginning to make mine!

Yet, at our core, we are very much alike. WE OWN OUR OWN VOICES. Novel? Yes, and    she is beautifully unique. We don’t always agree, but we talk it out. Like grownups should. We have become a ‘team’ in the Gallery, and I value her advise – I know I will get her truth. Truth is a beautiful thing to me; just imagine receiving that truth, from a real, true Servant of God.

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There is not a more lovely person in this world. We will always get ‘her truth’ and we have become great friends in a short period of time, because we are truth lovers.

Woodworker, Sheep herder, Artist, Teacher, Dog lover, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend. Parilee Croft is extraordinary. Come visit Art on the Green; have a Starbucks with Parilee. Who knows? She might even take you fishing!

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