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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Thai Peanut Sauce


Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes*

Cook time: 27 minutes

*20 minutes extra marinate time

Per serving: 180 calories, 5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 50mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 20g protein

1 (1¼-lb.) pork tenderloin, trimmed

1/4 cup apricot preserves

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup ponzu

2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground ginger

Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place pork in a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a food processor add preserves, orange juice, ponzu, peanut butter, vinegar, coriander and ginger; process until smooth. Pour mixture into bag. Seal bag; refrigerate 20 minutes, turning bag once after 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pork from bag; reserve marinade. Place pork on a roasting rack set in a shallow roasting pan, and pat dry with paper towels. Roast pork 20 to 22 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F (for medium-rare). Transfer pork to a platter; tent loosely with foil. Let pork stand 10 minutes before slicing into thin slices.
  4. Meanwhile, for the sauce, in a small saucepan bring marinade to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer; cook and stir 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce thickens to desired consistency. If desired, sprinkle cilantro evenly over pork, and serve with sauce.

Make it a meal: Serve with grilled bok choy and red pepper.

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Culinary: What is Ponzu Sauce?

Ponzu sauce is a Japanese dipping sauce that combines soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, kombu, kotsuobushi and a citrus, frequently a bitter orange called yuzu.

Nutrition: Pork Tenderloin

When you’re looking for lean protein to incorporate into your diet, pork tenderloin is a good choice. Pork tenderloin provides 22 grams of protein and only 3.5g total fat in a 3-ounce, cooked serving.

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