Monday, April 2, 2012

Maple Inspired Dinner Recipe

Nothing like a simple rustic and healthy dinner to make you feel good about yourself and life in general!
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Maple Glaze
I roasted a pork tenderloin after patting dry with paper towels, then seasoning with salt and pepper. First sear the pork tenderloin in a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat until browned on all sides-approximately 5-10 minutes. Then transfer to either a 9x13 inch baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees until internal temperature is 140-145 degrees- approximately 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer the tenderloin to a carving board, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes. I love so many variations of a roasted pork tenderloin, but this time I covered the pork with a maple glaze of maple syrup (low sugar variety), ground cinnamon, and cloves before placing in the oven. 

Maple-Glazed Roasted Green Beans and Carrots
Adapted from the Deen Bros 
1.5 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed; 8 oz carrots quartered lengthwise; 2 Tbsp olive oil; 1 Tbsp kosher salt; 1/2 tsp pepper; 1/4 maple syrup (I used reduced sugar); 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Combine green beans, carrots on prepared rimmed baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper; tossing gently. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Drizzle with syrup and vinegar; bake for 5 minutes longer or to desired degree of doneness. Garnish with parsley if desired.
 I hate canned green beans but I love them roasted especially with this touch of sweetness. I also really like the Deen family's recipes for special occasions or when willing to splurge on the calories. I am also really excited that the Deen bros are trying lighter versions of old favorites!