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.
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)
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.
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.