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
black pepper
onion powder
turmeric powder
olive oil
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!


Unknown said...

Thanks for the brussels sprouts suggestion, Kelly! I know they're not Justin's favorite but if they're done well, they can be delicious.

Amber said...

my favorite Brussel Sprouts recipe is chef md's sauteed version! Yum, I could eat these every meal.

Kelly Greco said...

They're like cute little baby cabbages! ;-)
I hope you and Justin like them, Shay!
Amber... thanks for the recipe! It looks great! Who knows... maybe that'll be the recipe that wins my family's heart! I'll let you know.

Miriam said...

I heart Brussel Sprouts. Did you know that the majority of the US brussel sprout crop is grown right here in SC county?

Kelly Greco said...

I did NOT know that, Miriam! I heart brussels sprouts, too! :-)

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