Honey-thyme pork with roasted vegetables

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PREP TIME

20 min

Makes

2 to 3 servings with leftovers

* PLUS Roasting Time: 35 minutes
Honey-thyme pork with roasted vegetables

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Ingredients

  • 4 large parsnips
  • 2 large baking potatoes , or peeled sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples or firm pears
  • 1 small butternut squash , or 1/2-lb pkg peeled and chopped butternut squash pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves , or 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 pork tenderloins , each about 375 g

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Arrange oven racks so one is in top part of oven and the other is on lowest level. Peel parsnips and slice into long thin pieces. Place in a large bowl. If using baking potatoes, do not peel. Slice baking or sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch- (1-cm-) thick wedges and place in bowl. Slice unpeeled apples or pears into quarters, then cut out core. Slice squash into pieces about the same size as potato wedges. Place in bowl. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon (15 mL) oil, then crumble in rosemary and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt. Toss until vegetables are evenly coated. Spread out on a large, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast, uncovered, on top rack, stirring occasionally, until tender, from 25 to 35 minutes.
  • As soon as fruit and vegetables are placed in oven, in a small bowl, stir marmalade with honey, Dijon, paprika, thyme, remaining tablespoon (15 mL) oil and 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) salt. Smear all over tenderloins. Place pork on a rack set on a shallow, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast on bottom rack of oven, underneath vegetables, until meat forms a glaze on top and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of meat reads 150F (70C), from 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove pork and vegetables from oven. Let pork stand, loosely covered with foil, 5 minutes before slicing. Thickly slice 1 tenderloin and serve with half of vegetables. For another meal, wrap remaining pork in plastic wrap and place veggies in a large freezer bag. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 433,
  • Protein
  • 27.6 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 7.6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 435 mg.

When you’re craving a hearty roast but have no time for lengthy cooking, pork tenderloin is the answer. Why not roast two tenderloins, parsnips, squash and potatoes for a full dinner with enough leftovers to speedily concoct a completely different meal the following night?

Tomorrow’s meal

Slice pork into thin strips. Slice large vegetables into smaller pieces. Stir-fry pork and veggies with hoisin and soy sauces, then add a few handfuls of spinach at the end. Or heat pork and vegetables in a large wide saucepan with a little white wine or chicken broth and generous pinches of paprika. When hot, stir in sour cream for a quick version of Hungarian pork paprikash.