Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Pork Loin With Roasted Brussels Sprouts
VERY rarely does my family have to put up with my craving for brussels sprouts! I love them... they hate them! I have desperately tried to find new ways to cook them... determined to find a recipe that will cure their distaste for the poor brussels sprout. Well, I certainly thought these were exceptionally yummy tonight, but my family would still prefer that brussels sprouts stay out of my shopping cart!!! Bah...
Tonight's protein was a pork loin... with a very simple rub.
pork loin (ours was a pretty small one... about 2 lbs)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim any visible fat from pork loin and rub with a little olive oil. Season with garlic, pepper, turmeric, and onion powder. Bake for about 30-45 minutes (or until internal temperature reaches 175 degrees).
The brussels sprouts will also bake at 400 degrees! Trim brussels sprouts (about a pound) and cut in half. Slice one large shallot and mince about 2 cloves garlic. Toss them all in a little olive oil and put in a baking dish. Sprinkle with black pepper... and a little sea salt (if desired). Bake for about 25 minutes.
I know brussels sprouts don't hold the popularity prize for vegetables... but they are LOADED with nutritional benefits! They are rich in vitamins A and C... minerals like potassium and calcium! They are a "cruciferous" vegetable (cabbage family) which are full of fiber AND may protect against certain cancers!... give 'em a shot!
If you think you have a recipe that will make my family "brussels lovers" .... let me know!! :-)
Oh...I also served this meal with large green salad! Hope you enjoy!