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HEALTHY GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN

Let me start by saying pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats. It’s the filet mignon of the pig but at a price every family will appreciate. Pork tenderloin is very lean, tasty, and incredibly easy to cook. Best of all, it takes very little time to prep and cook making it a great choice for busy families on a budget. 


A 3-oz serving has 22 grams of protein and is a great source of potassium, vitamins b-6 and b-12, magnesium, and iron. 


Pork tenderloin is now certified with the American Heart Association's “Heart Check” mark, indicating it qualifies as an extra-lean, heart-healthy protein. ... A 3-ounce portion of pork tenderloin contains less than 3 grams of fat and only 120 calories. 


Ingredients- 


1/3 cup honey 

1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 

3 tablespoons brown sugar 

1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot 

3 garlic cloves, minced 

4 teaspoons ketchup 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

2 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each) 


STEP 1- 


In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Pour half of the marinade into a large resealable plastic bag and add tenderloins. Seal bag and turn to coat. For best flavor, refrigerate and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade. 


STEP 2- 


Drain and discard marinade from meat. Grill, covered, over indirect medium-hot heat for 20-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°, turning occasionally and basting with reserved marinade. Let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Pour juices that escape from meat during resting and slicing over meat before serving. 


Serve with wild rice, grilled asparagus or any vegetable of your choice. 


NOTE: Don’t let the honey and brown sugar scare you with this recipe. Most of these ingredients never make it to your plate as they’re only used as a marinade and are discarded or drip off during grilling.


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