Tender Pork Loin and Tomato Couscous

It was a last minute decision to stay in for dinner, and therefore to skip the grocery store. I had the double challenge of coming up with something quick, requiring little effort, whilst having the ingredients on hand.. that would make for a nice Sunday night. I managed surprisingly well. Sorry, not gonna be the most interesting nor original blog entry… But, I’m just thrilled to have any time to cook at all right now… and I’ve even less time to write about it.

Pork loin was purchased a few days ago with the lazy intent of throwing it into a crockpot with some low sugar BBQ sauce for an all day simmer. I decided I wanted to roast it tonight instead. First stop, of course, was RecipeZaar where I did a search for pork loin recipes. Organized the results by rating and snagged the top rated recipe. This process is rarely a let down if you’re in need of ideas. http://www.recipezaar.com/Honey-Roasted-Pork-Loin-29493

I tweaked it a little.  Mine looked like this:

Ingredients
2.25 lbs pork loin, boneless
salt and pepper
1/4 cup sugar free breakfast syrup
2 tablespoons Simply Orange w/ Pineapple
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

I was even lazier with the directions…

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Set the pork loin in a roasting pan and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the syrup, juice, oil and thyme. Drizzle over pork.
  • Add the broth to the pan.
  • Bake 60-75 min. (Recommend internal temp of 150 to be safe.)
  • Baste frequently. The more you baste, the better. I basted two or three times, and it was good ’nuff, but I think it could have been better had I been a little less lazy.
  • I didn’t bother to reduce the sauce down. A thinner consistency went a longer way at probably less calories. The leftovers are also marinading in it.We didn’t have any fresh produce to speak of (ok maybe an onion, but did I mention I was trying to be lazy lol) so I cheated with some canned goods. I brought 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth to a simmer, quickly stirred in 1 cup of dry Couscous, removed from heat and let that sit for 5 min or so. Then, I stirred in some chopped tomatoes from a can. It was one of those “made for chili” varieties that sported a few green chilies and a little kick.
  • I layered the pork over the Couscous mixture, drizzled some pork baste over the whole thing, and served it just like that. If I use the leftover couscous mix for anything other than to serve with the pork leftovers, I’ll probably add a tsp of olive oil to moisten it up a bit.

It has been a wonderful weekend.

My small plate.

My small plate.

My husband's plate.

My husband's plate.

Tomato Laden CousCous!

Tomato Laden Couscous!

Very tasty for not much work!

Very tasty for not much work!

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