Pork gets a bad rap. Many people are afraid to eat pork unless it's cooked to death, but that only leaves the meat dry and tasteless. In addition, it's often thought of as a fatty meat, but it's so much more than bacon — it is "the other white meat" after all! Cuts like ham or the loin are both lean and full of protein, but they're also damned good (and pink pork is OK). The next time you're at your local butcher shop, pick up some pork loin and cook up one of these healthy recipes!
When it comes to weeknight cooking, nothing beats pork tenderloin. The affordable cut usually comes two to a pack meaning it easily feeds a crowd. It also cooks incredibly quickly, faster than a whole chicken, in about 20 minutes. The best thing about pork tenderloin, however, is its versatile adaptability. It can be seasoned with everything from fresh herbs to spicy pastes.
This recipe looks to Cuba for inspiration and marinates the pork in a generous mixture of fresh citrus, fragrant cumin and oregano, and lots of minced garlic. Thick slashes are made on the meat before it's dunked in the marinade; the result is juicy, tender pork packed with flavor. If you've got time, marinate overnight, but otherwise, give it a flash marinade for at least 30 minutes. For the uncomplicated recipe, read on.