Honey-thyme pork with roasted vegetables

Prep 20 min
Plus Roasting Time: 35 minutes
Makes 2 to 3 servings with leftovers

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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
1 tsp
chopped fresh rosemary leaves, or 2 tsp dried rosemary
3/4 tsp
1/4 cup
orange marmalade
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
Dijon mustard
1 tbsp
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.

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.

Nutrition

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