Maple Kissed Pork Medallions

by Marla on February 6, 2010 · 14 comments

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Ok, friends i’m not gonna mislead you here.  This is not a “sexy” blog post.

It’s not cookies, cake, muffins or scones.  I don’t claim to be a Bakerella, Tartlette or Sweetopia. I am Marla and this is Family Fresh Cooking.  Sure, sometimes i’ll give you a recipe for a sugary special occasion treat. Often i’ll give you a recipe for something that tastes like a treat but it is really Superfoods in disguise.  You know, things that taste decadent but won’t add inches to your waist and won’t leave you feeling all groggy.  I call this pork Maple “Kissed” to give it some sweet sex appeal.

Personally, I like to go with a fairly high protein diet filled with loads of veggies, some fruit & whole grains and healthy fats. Synergy & balance is what I’m after.   Do I eat carbs?  Of course, they give me energy.  Fuel to keep going.  Do I eat fat?  Yes again.  How else would I stay satisfyed!  Everything we eat should work together.  Like a puzzle.   My kids go a bit heavier on the dairy and carby thing.  That’s cool.  We all need to do whatever works for us and our bodies.  Some live best doing the raw/vegan thing others char their foods to a crisp.  I fit somewhere in between.  I dig raw, I dig cooked.  Basically I love food.  A lot.  I don’t avoid any food group.  I do limit the things make me feel not so good.

Seafood, chicken, turkey & tofu, that’s my usual lean protein rotation.  Sometimes a little bison or sirloin is thrown into the mix.  I went a bit wild here and purchaesd some pork.  It’s “the other white meat,” right???

Fresh Benefits

Lean Pork Loin

  • Low fat
  • High Protein.
  • Loaded with amino acids, the building blocks of lean muscle.  Helps keep us satisfied.
  • Quick Cooking
  • Lends itself well to all kinds of seasonings.
  • Pork loin is versatile!  It can be used in your favorite chili, casserole, it can top a salad, can be used in a tomato sauce.
  • Slice and dice it in different ways to create different recipes.

Lean Pork is a nice source of potassium as well as all the good for you stuff mentioned above.

For more info on Pork loin click the following links:

Livestrong: Pork Loin Chop Information

Livestrong: Protein Enriched Diet


Maple Kissed Pork Medallions

About 4 Servings

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  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your pork.  More maple syrup, less vinegar?  The choice is yours!  My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation.

1 lb Sliced Pork Loin, trim any visible fat
A dash of the following seasonings:
Cracked Black Pepper
Garlic Salt
Paprika
1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
a few tbs fresh Rosemary
splash of Olive Oil
splash of Hot Sauce (Tobasco, Chipotle, Habanero, pick your favorite)

METHOD

  1. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary and hot sauce in a small bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in sauté oan on medium high heat.
  3. Rub pepper, garlic salt and paprika on both sides of pork.
  4. Brown pork in hot sauté pan about 2 minutes each side.
  5. Add maple mixture to pan, bring to a boil & lower heat to medium.  Cook pork through turning a few times for about 3 minutes.  Sauce will thicken a little, but you will have plenty left to spoon over veggies, rice or other grains.

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